Archive for January, 2010

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-24

  • 24th January 2010

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OSHA pushes new safety rules on musculoskeletal injuries

  • 21st January 2010

 

 

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OSHA is pushing for federal rules that would require companies to count job-related musculoskeletal disorders – a step that could make it easier for safety officials to prevent such injuries.

But the emerging plan may also provoke a battle with business groups. Industry leaders fear it could pave the way for regulation to prevent MSDs, the most common injuries in American factories.

Often caused by repetitive tasks and heavy lifting, MSDs afflict the muscles and nerves in wrists, arms, necks and backs. They include sprains and strains, along with common on-the-job injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis.

Hundreds of thousands of workers suffer MSDs on the job each year, federal statistics show.

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Wilby Ltd’s Mark Dalton with first aid advice

  • 20th January 2010

 

This new guidance, entitled First Aid at work – Your Questions Answered – recommends that employees consider a number of issues when determining first aid staffing levels.

The issues cover:

l Workplace hazards

l The number of employees on site and any staff with disabilities or specific health problems

l The history of accidents and illnesses

l Working arrangements – travelling workers, lone workers, shift patterns

l Remoteness from the emergency services

l Cover for holiday and sickness absences

l Members of the public on site

These issues may lead to a requirement for additional numbers above those suggested numbers of first aid personnel to suit particular circumstances.

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Ocean Protein LLC Pays nearly $22,000 for Failure to Properly Report Hazardous Chemicals

  • 19th January 2010

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Company agrees to spend nearly $9,000 for hazardous material training and equipment for the City of Hoquiam Fire Department.

(Seattle, Wash. – Jan. 19, 2010) Ocean Protein, LLC has settled with the Environmental Protection Agency and agreed to pay a $13,166.00 penalty for violating the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The company failed to properly report the storage of Sulfuric Acid at its fish waste processing facility located in Hoquiam, Wash.

Ocean Protein failed to file Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms with local emergency response entities in Washington. The company, located at 518 22nd

St. Hoquiam, Wash., produces fish meal, fish oil, and bone meal from fish wastes using sulfuric acid, among other chemicals.

“Community safety and preventing chemical accidents are a top priority for EPA,” said Edward Kowalski, Director of EPA’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement in Seattle. “We’re committed to reducing the likelihood and severity of accidental chemical releases by enforcing the law and creating a level playing field for industry.”

In addition to the penalty, Ocean Protein agreed to provide over $8,800 for training and equipment to the City of Hoquiam Fire Department that will improve the department’s capabilities in responding to hazardous materials emergencies in a safe and effective manner.

Sulfuric acid is a clear, colorless, odorless liquid that is very corrosive and can cause severe burns. It is harmful if inhaled, ingested, or comes in contact with skin.

Facilities that store significant quantities of certain hazardous chemicals are required to submit an inventory of each chemical to the State Emergency Response Commission, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, and the local fire department. Emergency responders rely on this information for their safety and to help protect nearby residents during an emergency, such as a fire or earthquake. Citizens can also access the information to find out what chemicals are being stored and used in their neighborhoods.

California Labor Law Posters

  • 18th January 2010

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-17

  • 17th January 2010
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Eye Wash Stations and Eye Wash Safety

  • 15th January 2010

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We carry Emergency Eyewash Stations to meet your Safety Eyewash Station needs and requirements. We carry both mountable and free standing units and units with dust covers. If the emergency eyewash you are looking for is not listed please contact our office (800 506-0091) and we will be happy to provide you with pricing and availability of any of our Emergency Eyewash Units.

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Paragraph (c) of OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.151 requires that suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing be provided within the work area for immediate use if an employee’s eyes or body may be exposed to corrosive materials. The OSHA standard does not set specifications for emergency eyewash and shower equipment, but OSHA agree that equipment that complies with ANSI requirements would usually meet the intent of the OSHA standard.

H1N1 Posters

  • 14th January 2010

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Businesses need to take steps to control the spread of H1N1 virus in the workplace. Displaying an easy to understand set of guidelines in the form of an H1N1 Poster can help inform employees of the necessary steps in flu prevention. OSHA has provided guidelines on the prevention of flu in the workplace. Other solutions include Hand Washing Posters, Swine Flu Protection Kits, and Sanitizing Wands. Take steps to control the spread of H1N1 in your workplace by displaying hi-vis informative posters like those below.

Sexual Harassment Training

  • 13th January 2010

 

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