If you weren’t one of the 7,500 people who attended the Ohio Safety Congress this month you may not have heard the buzz surrounding safety changes under the new Trump Administration. Below is a rundown of some recent regulation changes and other safety updates to keep top of mind this month.
Why is OSHA publishing a new standard?
For managers with safety responsibilities, many things come to mind when the phrase “health hazard” is brought up. Many of us conjure up images of welding fumes, tobacco smoke, or maybe even exotic hazards such as radioactivity. However, health hazards extend far beyond our traditional ideas. One such innocuous health hazard, no less deadly than those previously mentioned, is Respirable Crystalline Silica. Entering the airways of workers by processes using sand, earth, and minerals, this form of microscopic dust is the cause of silicosis, which takes some 600 lives every year. In response, OSHA has issued a new standard for general industry to protect workers from the hazards of Respirable Crystalline Silica.
In case you missed the announcement, OSHA updated their recordkeeping rule. Last year you and your company may or may not have had to report, but things have changed and may affect you. While overall the recordkeeping rule is remaining the same, those that do and do not have to file has changed slightly. But before we get into the changes, let's take a step back and better understand the purpose of this OSHA rule.
Safety is serious business for manufacturers. From Personal Protective Equipment to OSHA record keeping, plant managers could use a full-time safety manager.
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Why do companies conduct environmental audits? Simply stated because it’s the best way to specifically identify which environmental regulations apply to your facility, make sure you are in compliance with all of the requirements and avoid costly and unnecessary fines.
The New Year will soon arrive, and with it, the opportunity to get up-to-date on current rules and regulations. You should know these key safety topics, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Reporting Modifications, Global Harmonization Standard (GHS), and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules.