Before President Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, workers were not afforded the right to a safe workplace, often leaving them with the difficult choice of risking their health working in hazardous conditions or leaving a job with a steady paycheck. In the decades since, OSHA has transformed the landscape of workplace safety – dramatically reducing the number of workers killed on the job and holding employers accountable for safe jobsites.

So, what does OSHA do?

  • Rights & Responsibilities: Employees are guaranteed the right under OSHA regulations to working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm. Employers on the other hand, are responsible for a workplace “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”
  • Health & Safety Standards: OSHA’s standards are law, and Businesses must comply with all applicable OSHA standards to protect their employees from workplace hazards.
  • Inspections + Enforcement: OSHA inspections are an important component of reducing workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities; in 2018 alone, OSHA conducted more than 30,000 inspections. A compliance officer shows up to facilities, typically unannounced, tours the workplace, and at the end issues any citations for violations found. Penalties can be hefty and ongoing until the hazard has been properly addressed.
  • Whistleblower Protection: Employees are protected from retaliation under OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program. Anyone who files a complaint with OSHA is protected from any negative consequences brought upon by their employer (firing, demoting, reducing pay, etc.).

At Creative Safety Supply, we are dedicated to helping organizations meet compliance and improve safety. Below we have gathered our expert resources on all things OSHA, from deep dives into the most frequently cited standards to free OSHA inspection checklists. A safe and compliant workplace is a productive one, and we’re here to help.

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OSHA Articles

OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134)

OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134)

Respiratory protection is essential where toxic substances are present, without PPE employees may suffer from long lasting injury or illness and even death.got

An Introduction to Industrial Hygiene

An Introduction to Industrial Hygiene

OSHA claims industrial hygiene is the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions that may cause workers' injury or illness.

Preparing the Workplace with Emergency Action Plans (EAP)

Preparing the Workplace with Emergency Action Plans (EAP)

An emergency action plan is a written document required by OSHA that details procedures carried out by employees during the event of an emergency.

Understanding the OSHA 300 Log and Other Incident Paperwork

Understanding the OSHA 300 Log and Other Incident Paperwork

The OSHA 300 log, 300A, and 301 forms are required by law if a company meets certain criteria. These forms enable the recognition of hazards that need to be eliminated.

Keeping Operators Safe with Machine Guarding

Keeping Operators Safe with Machine Guarding

Machine guards are essential for facilities where employees work in close proximity to hazardous moving parts. Properly safeguarding machines prevents severe injury and death.

Fall Protection in the Workplace: OSHA’s Guidelines

Fall Protection in the Workplace: OSHA’s Guidelines

Falls are among the leading causes of work-related injuries. Learn about the fall arrest equipment you need and best practices for a fall protection program in your workplace.

Floor Marking for Social Distancing

Floor Marking for Social Distancing

Using floor marking materials such as signs, tape, and other visual reminders is a highly effective way to implement social distancing and reduce the spread of illness in your facility.

OSHA's Guidelines to Protecting Employees from Coronavirus

OSHA's Guidelines to Protecting Employees from Coronavirus

Learn which OSHA standards apply to preventing exposure to illness in the workplace, how to determine level of risk, and which controls to implement to protect your workers.

Workplace Safety Inspections & Audits

Workplace Safety Inspections & Audits

Safety inspections and safety audits are two different methods of continuously improving health and safety in the workplace. Find out which one you need for effective safety management.

Quality, Health, Safety, Environment (QHSE) Management Systems

Quality, Health, Safety, Environment (QHSE) Management Systems

Quality, Health, Safety, Environment (QHSE) management systems help businesses achieve three main objectives: enhanced quality, worker safety, and environmental sustainability.

Guide to ANSI/ISEA Z358.1

Guide to ANSI/ISEA Z358.1

ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 is the OSHA-enforced standard for eyewash stations and other equipment used to treat the eyes, face, and body of workers who have been exposed to hazardous materials.

OSHA Incident Rates (Calculators + Formulas)

OSHA Incident Rates (Calculators + Formulas)

Calculating the OSHA Incident Rate and other safety rates is a useful tool for businesses to evaluate the frequency of onsite injuries and illnesses. The lower the rate, the safer the company.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Safety Data Sheets contain crucial information about the classifications and associated hazards of a chemical. They follow a standardized 16-section format and are required for any facility that handles, stores, or transports chemicals.

Fire Safety in the Workplace

Fire Safety in the Workplace

Fire safety is essential in every workplace. These are the principles that will help your facility prepare for fires and prevent them from occurring in the first place.

Mine Safety & Health [Expert Advice]

Mine Safety & Health [Expert Advice]

Miners face many hazards that put their safety at risk. By adhering to MSHA standards and providing training and appropriate equipment, employers can enhance mining safety.

Title 49: Shipping Hazardous Materials

Title 49: Shipping Hazardous Materials

CFR 49 notes the procedure for transporting hazardous materials safely in compliance with the HMR. Learn more about this important regulation.

What is Heat Stress?

What is Heat Stress?

Are your workers at risk for heat stress? Learn how to prevent this illness and the best plan of action.

Food Security

Food Security

With the 2011 passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, considerable attention has been focused on the purity of our foods from the perspective of accidental contamination.

A Quick Guide to Underground Utility Labeling

A Quick Guide to Underground Utility Labeling

Underground utility labeling is an essential ingredient to every project that involves construction. This article outlines the step-by-step process of getting your site inspected for utilities, and how to label underground lines safely and accurately.

Your Guide to Proper Pipe Marking

Your Guide to Proper Pipe Marking

If you are looking to implement or update a pipe marking strategy for your facility it is important to gathering as much information as possible. Read More...

OSHA Sign Compliance: ANSI 1967 vs. ANSI 2011 [With 2017 Updates]

OSHA Sign Compliance: ANSI 1967 vs. ANSI 2011 [With 2017 Updates]

OSHA regulations require businesses to follow one of two safety sign standards to remain in compliance: ANSI 1967 and ANSI 2011. Take a look at these two styles and pick the one that best meets your needs.

What is HAZCOM? (Hazard Communication Definition + OSHA Standards)

What is HAZCOM? (Hazard Communication Definition + OSHA Standards)

Hazcom is designed to help employees to quickly identify hazardous chemicals. Learn more beneficial information about Hazcom.

A Guide to Pipe Marking Standards

A Guide to Pipe Marking Standards

For most industries, abiding by ASME/ANSI pipe marking standards is sufficient for staying safe and OSHA compliant. Some workplaces, though, are required to comply to more unique pipe marking standards due to the nature of the substance the pipes contain.

What is a thermal printer? (direct transfer)

What is a thermal printer? (direct transfer)

Thermal printers are essential to printing in an industrial setting. Learn about the two types of thermal printing to determine which one suits your facility’s needs.

SVEP – Severe Violator Enhancement Program

SVEP – Severe Violator Enhancement Program

OSHA’s Severe Violator Enhancement Program (SVEP) was created to help ensure companies actually improve safety practices instead of just paying fines for violations. Learn how to avoid getting this designation by improving your workplace safety protocols and become a safe, efficient facility.

OSHA Accident Reports

OSHA Accident Reports

All companies want to avoid accidents, but an unfortunate reality is that work-related injuries happen. How a company reacts to the incident is crucial.

Compliance Audit

Compliance Audit

Compliance audits are intended to help improve safety both for employees of the company, and for the community as a whole. Learn more about compliance audits how to prepare for them.

Industrial Floor Marking Guidelines

Industrial Floor Marking Guidelines

OSHA doesn’t offer much guidance on how floor markings should be installed, so we’ve compiled some helpful tips and best practices to ensure your markings are useful, straightforward, and helpful to everyone in your facility.

Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS Labels)

Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS Labels)

Having a complete understanding of the Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS) is essential to keeping your employees safe when working with chemicals.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Get answers to the most common questions regarding Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

HAZWOPER [OSHA Hazardous Waste Standard]

HAZWOPER [OSHA Hazardous Waste Standard]

Crucial training for anyone who works with or near hazardous waste, the HAZWOPER standard seeks to keep workers safe and prevent environmental catastrophe.

OSHA Card [Program Requirements + Benefits]

OSHA Card [Program Requirements + Benefits]

The term OSHA Card refers to a type of certification that is issued from OSHA after completing authorized training that they provide.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Implementing proper hazardous waste disposal tools within the workplace is essential for keeping employees safe. Do you have these hazardous waste tools?

Short-Term Exposure Limit

Short-Term Exposure Limit

Short-term exposure limits are a guideline that employers can use for how long an employee can be exposed to certain chemicals before their safety is compromised. Find out more...

Safety Audit

Safety Audit

In a safety audit, information is gathered about one or more aspects of the workplace in order to evaluate the risk levels for health or safety issues including efficiency, reliability, and effectiveness of their health and safety systems.

Planned Maintenance

Planned Maintenance

Planned maintenance, also known as planned preventative maintenance or scheduled maintenance, is an activity where a company will schedule work done in order to avoid outages.

ANSI S3.19 – Noise Reduction

ANSI S3.19 – Noise Reduction

In most facilities there is no way to eliminate dangerous levels of noise, so it becomes necessary to wear hearing protection. Hearing protection is regulated by ANSI S3.19 standards.

Visual Factories

Visual Factories

Visual factories use signs, posters, charts, labels and floor marking to provide information that improves efficiency, safety and productivity in the workplace. This is a fairly simple concept that yields excellent results.

OSHA 10-Hour Card [Training Requirements]

OSHA 10-Hour Card [Training Requirements]

The OSHA 10 Hour Training program teaches those in attendance all about workplace hazards, the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers, workplace safety, and more.

NIST Certification / Calibration

NIST Certification / Calibration

NIST is a standards laboratory that is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce that certifies that the equipment used by labs or manufacturing facilities is properly calibrated according to the industry standards in place.

ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 Standard [Eye Protection + Safety Glasses]

ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 Standard [Eye Protection + Safety Glasses]

ANSI Z87.1 focuses on safety glasses and helps employers and employees make decisions that can help protect people’s eyes and face from a variety of threats.

Hazard and Operability (HAZOP Analysis)

Hazard and Operability (HAZOP Analysis)

When done properly, the HAZOP process will identify potential design or process flaws that were not discovered in the past.

OSHA General Duty Clause

OSHA General Duty Clause

The OSHA General Duty Clause is in place to require that employers provide employees with a workplace free from any recognizable hazards that could put them at risk of death or serious injury.

Ammonia Refrigeration

Ammonia Refrigeration

When using ammonia refrigeration, or ammonia for anything in the workplace, there are a variety of OSHA regulations that need to be followed.

Fire Prevention in the Workplace [OSHA 1910.39]

Fire Prevention in the Workplace [OSHA 1910.39]

Fire prevention safety is important for all employees and workplaces. This article explains fire prevention standards and provides helpful tips.

OSHA Safety Sign Requirements [1910.145]

OSHA Safety Sign Requirements [1910.145]

Understanding OSHA standards for warning signs and tags is an essential part creating a safe work environment.

ANSI Color Codes for Pipe Marking

ANSI Color Codes for Pipe Marking

When following the ANSI A13.1 standards, the most important thing is to understand the six most common color schemes.

OSHA Ear Protection Requirements (Standards for Hearing Safety)

OSHA Ear Protection Requirements (Standards for Hearing Safety)

Many people don't think about hearing protection when we talk about safety, but hearing injuries are one of the most common types of injuries that occur in the work place.

Typical Lockout Tagout Procedures

Typical Lockout Tagout Procedures

Find out how to use lockout tagout procedures for different kinds of energy including electrical, chemical, and pneumatic.

GHS Label Information

GHS Label Information

A closer look at OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard—1900.1200—and how it applies to your facility.

Confined Space Hazards

Confined Space Hazards

When is it safe to work in a confined space? Get the details in this article.

Safety Colors (OSHA Guidelines and Color Codes)

Safety Colors (OSHA Guidelines and Color Codes)

Using colors strategically makes communication in your facility more effective. Get the details about common color codes.

ANSI Z535 [Updated Guide to Safety Signs & Labels]

ANSI Z535 [Updated Guide to Safety Signs & Labels]

An in-depth look at ANSI’s standard for safety signs and labels in the workplace.

Floor Stickers – Your floors come alive and speak

Floor Stickers – Your floors come alive and speak

Improve safety in your workplace by using these 10 types of floor signs.

PPE: Personal Protective Equipment [Safety Standards]

PPE: Personal Protective Equipment [Safety Standards]

Get an overview of common PPE requirements for the workplace including breathing protection, eye protection, and more.

Valve Tags: Guide for Pipe Identification

Valve Tags: Guide for Pipe Identification

Tips and recommendations for labeling the valves on your pipe system.

Arc Flash Software helps improve Arc Flash Safety

Arc Flash Software helps improve Arc Flash Safety

A review of common software programs that will help you reduce arc flash hazards.

Aisle Marking Tape – 5 Strongest Tapes You have Ever Seen!

Aisle Marking Tape – 5 Strongest Tapes You have Ever Seen!

Learn the requirements for marking aisles and the best methods for doing so.

The Definitive Guide to Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Labeling

The Definitive Guide to Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Labeling

Implementing GHS has been an evolving process for many companies. Here's what you need to know.

Hierarchy of Controls [Hazard Exposure + Prevention]

Hierarchy of Controls [Hazard Exposure + Prevention]

An explanation of the best ways to mitigate hazards: elimination, substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls, and PPE.

Material Safety Data Sheets [How-To Guide for Upgrading to SDS]

Material Safety Data Sheets [How-To Guide for Upgrading to SDS]

Learn the difference between the old material safety data sheets and the new GHS/HazCom safety data sheets.

Pipe Color Codes - ANSI/ASME A13.1

Pipe Color Codes - ANSI/ASME A13.1

The ANSI/ASME A13.1 pipe marking color code explained.

OSHA Facts

OSHA Facts

Everything you need to know about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

What are ANSI standards?

What are ANSI standards?

The American National Standards Institute makes guidelines that could impact your workplace.

Arc Flash [Facts, Safety Requirements & PPE]

Arc Flash [Facts, Safety Requirements & PPE]

Arc flash can cause serious damage to people and property. Learn how arc flash works and how you can prevent it.

OSHA Floor Marking

OSHA Floor Marking

Find out what OSHA has to say about marking your facility's floors.

Process Safety Management

Process Safety Management

PSM is an OSHA standard developed for companies that handle hazardous chemicals.

Floor marking comprehensive research, education and training

Floor marking comprehensive research, education and training

Everything you need to know about marking your facility’s floors. Types of markings, practical tips, and more.


OSHA Questions and Answers

What is TRIR?

TRIR stands for Total Recordable Incident Rate. Also known as Total Case Incident Rate, TRIR is a key metric for evaluating the organization’s safety performance from the past year. It is a lagging indicator created by OSHA and used additionally for comparing safety performances of organizations within a particular industry. With TRIR, the lower the… 

What does CFR stand for?

The Code of Federal regulations, also referred to as CFR, is a compilation of mandatory laws that have been created by several federal regulatory agencies. An example of one of those regulatory agencies is OSHA, one of the most familiar organizations to all those involved in the workforce. Currently, there are a total of 50… 

What types of businesses need to be OSHA compliant?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is an agency of the federal government that is dedicated to making sure employers in the United States are safe. They are best known for making regulations designed to ensure employees are safe at work, but they do much more than that as well. Just about all… 

Why is OSHA training important?

OSHA is best known for creating and enforcing a wide range of different rules and regulations that businesses in the United States need to follow. While this is certainly a major component of what they do, it is not the full picture. OSHA also offers training to employers, employees, and others who need to learn… 

What is the relationship between CDC and OSHA?

Business owners need to follow many rules and regulations to help keep their employees safe. When looking into various workplace safety requirements, it is not at all uncommon to see references to the CDC and OSHA. Both of these are government agencies that have a lot to say about keeping people safe, but they are… 

What does HAZWOPER stand for?

HAZWOPER is an acronym that stands for OSHA’s hazardous waste operations and emergency response standard. This standard, 1910.120, establishes safe practices for handling hazardous waste and preparing for situations in which a toxic chemical or other substance is accidentally released. These events are extremely dangerous for workers and may have a serious impact on both… 

How are violations reported to OSHA?

If you see a hazard on your worksite that isn’t being addressed, or believe that your employer is violating a standard that has been established by OSHA and is applicable to your workplace, what can you do about it? OSHA has protections in place to help you report these types of violations so hazards can… 

What is OSHA's General Duty Clause?

The General Duty Clause from OSHA identifies several requirements that employers must provide for their employees related to a safe work environment. These are all general requirements that are intentionally vague so that OSHA can use them to enforce workplace safety standards in many situations. Three Clauses This section of OSHA’s requirements is 29 USC 654,… 

How are OSHA cards obtained?

Employers often require their employees hold OSHA cards. This is a card that is given out by OSHA after a person completes their Outreach Training Program’s 10-hour and 30-hour safety courses. Getting the required training, and the OSHA card, from only authorized locations is essential for ensuring everything is valid. It is also the only… 

What is HAZWOPER?

HAZWOPER is an acronym that stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. Proper HAZWOPER safety and training is essential for a wide variety of industries, as hazardous waste is commonly generated and you don’t necessarily have to work at a waste site to come into contact with hazardous substances. These substances include batteries, paints,… 

Can OSHA eliminate hazards in the workplace?

The firs way OSHA works to eliminate hazards in the workplace is by developing standards regarding fire hazards, chemical hazards, etc. that employers have to adhere to in order to be in compliance. OSHA has recommended practices for safety and health programs, including effectively reducing hazards in the workplace with the Hierarchy of Controls. The… 

What OSHA training is required?

There are a handful of trainings that is required to all employees, no matter their job or sector they are working in. All employers are required to train workers on accident prevention signs and tags, the facility’s emergency action plan, and the fire prevention plan. All new employees also must be trained for these as… 

How does OSHA affect a business?

All employers need to thoroughly understand the applicable regulations and standards that will affect their workplace. The following are a handful of ways that OSHA can affect a business. Inspections: Inspections are a way for OSHA to enforce their regulations and standards. These inspections are not random but rather the agency conducts inspections based on… 

Who is OSHA meant to protect?

OSHA is an agency under the United States Department of Labor, responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, and reemployment standards just to name a few. The primary focus of OSHA is to protect employees in the workforce and to reduce the number of deaths, injuries, and illnesses in the workplace. OSHA works to… 

What records does OSHA require an employer to have on hand?

Employers are required to keep a record of serious work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. OSHA requires these records (the OSHA 300 Log, the privacy case list, the annual summary and the OSHA 301 Incident Report Forms) to be maintained at the worksite for a minimum of five years. Find OSHA’s general recording criteria here. There… 

What does it mean to be OSHA compliant?

Being compliant with OSHA means to adhere to all applicable regulations that have been developed. The following is a list of standards that must be followed by employers in order to keep the workplace safe and reduce the number of illnesses/injuries of workers. These standards are pertinent to most private sector employers as well as… 

What OSHA posters are required?

The main poster required to be displayed in a workplace is the mandatory OSHA poster. OSHA offers this poster for free as well as a high-resolution printable document. The poster is titled “OSHA Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law” and goes into detail regarding an employee’s rights and the employer’s obligations to a safe… 

How does OSHA work?

Under the agency of OSHA, workers have the right to a safe workplace free from serious hazards. OSHA has set and developed regulations to ensure workers are kept safe while on the clock. These standards are primarily enforced through inspections. During these inspections, compliance officers will tour and evaluate the facility as well as review… 

What are OSHA's requirements when it comes to PPE?

Personal protective equipment is essential to keeping workers safe from hazards on the job. Employers are required, by OSHA law, to provide properly fitting and effective PPE to workers at no cost to them. OSHA considers PPE be to be used as a “last line of defense” in the hierarchy of hazard control but requires… 

What is an OSHA card?

Did you know companies that have their employees get an OSHA card are more likely to have reduced accidents and injuries? An OSHA card refers to the card an employee will receive upon completing either a 10-hour or 30-hour Outreach Training Program, course focused on learning about improving safety in the workplace. This training may… 

How does OSHA conduct inspections?

OSHA inspections are conducted by a compliance safety and health officers and are often unannounced visits. The following is a usual procedure of an OSHA inspection: Preparation and presentation of credentials: Before the inspector conducts the inspection, he or she will research inspection history of the worksite and review the operations and processes in use.… 

Why is OSHA such an important association?

Did you know thousands of employees die from workplace hazards every year, and millions of workers suffer from an occupational illness or injury? And this is with OSHA! OSHA’s mission at its core is to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers all across America. They work to achieve this mission by setting standards,… 

What happens if you violate an OSHA standard?

OSHA enforces their standards through inspections and assessing fines for the violations found upon inspection. Enforcing standards through citations and fines are a part of OSHA’s core mission to reduce workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The following are levels of violations with the corresponding penalty amounts as most recently updated by OSHA: De Minimis Violation:… 

Are OSHA inspections random?

OSHA enforces their regulations primarily through compliance safety and health officers conducting inspections in workplaces. These inspectors are experienced and trained industrial hygienist professionals that assures compliance with OSHA requirements. OSHA states that the majority of inspections conducted without advanced notice. Because there are more than seven million workplaces in OSHA’s jurisdiction, it is impossible for… 

When was OSHA developed?

President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act on December 29, 1970 effectively establishing OSHA as a governmental agency. The act and OSHA itself became effective April 28, 1971 and OSHA was officially formed. Between May 1971 and May 1972, OSHA adopted the existing national consensus and established Federal standards as a baseline… 

Are OSHA regulations considered the law?

Workers are entitled to a safe workplace under federal law, and in turn employers must comply with OSHA standards and provide employees with a workplace that does not have any serious hazards. OSHA can enforce their regulations by conducting scheduled inspections or inspections following a serious injury or fatality in the workplace. Regulations that are… 

What does OSHA stand for?

OSHA is an acronym for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a governmental agency part of the United States Department of Labor. The agency was established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, an act signed into law by President Nixon in 1970. The majority of private sector and employers are covered by the OSHA… 

 
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Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2019

Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2019

Most common OSHA violations of 2019 This infographic includes the top ten safety violations OSHA observed during inspections in 2019. Many… 

Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2018

Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2018

Most common OSHA violations in 2018 This illustrated list covers the most frequently cited OSHA standards compiled from the thousands of… 

Eye Injuries in the Workplace

Eye Injuries in the Workplace

Eye Injuries in the Workplace 1000 eye injuries occur every day in U.S. workplaces, according to OSHA estimates. Injuries range from eye… 

OSHA Top 10 Violations of 2015

OSHA Top 10 Violations of 2015

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2015* Fall Protection (1926.501) - 6,721 Violations Hazard Communication (1910.1200) - 5,192 Violations Scaffolding (1926.451) - 4,295 Violations … 

Stay on Top of Ladder Safety

Stay on Top of Ladder Safety

How to stay on top of ladder safety Each day ladder-related accidents cause: 2000 Injuries 1 Fatality In the workplace, 20% of… 

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers in the Workplace Safety 2.8 million workplace injuries occur every year in the US alone.This equates… 

Pipe Marking 101: Why is Pipe Marking Important?

Pipe Marking 101: Why is Pipe Marking Important?

Pipe Marking 101 - Why is pipe marking important? Safety - Eliminate accidents by minimizing identification errors. Efficiency - No wasted time… 

Surprise OSHA Inspection? What to Expect

Surprise OSHA Inspection? What to Expect

Surprise OSHA Inspection? What to Expect. Inspections have four main parts Presentation of Credentials The inspector will present credentials, which contain a… 

GHS Timeline: What's Next?

GHS Timeline: What's Next?

GHS: What's Next? The timeline of GHS Compliance The GHS Mission: To internationally standardize classification and labeling of chemicals with pictograms, signal… 

Forklift Accidents: Causes and Prevention

Forklift Accidents: Causes and Prevention

Forklift Accidents: Causes and Prevention There are approximately one million active forklifts in the United States. It is estimated that 11%… 

Lockout/Tagout Safety

Lockout/Tagout Safety

Lockout/Tagout Safety Lockout/Tagout regulations are based on OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147 “Control of Hazardous Energy” standard Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) refers to the specific… 

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OSHA Podcasts

Safety programs work best by consulting workers. EHS expert Lori Siegelman of W&M Environmental tells how to involve employees to… 

Behavior observation means workers watch out for each other. Safety expert Marc McClure shatters myths, tells of reducing incidents with… 

Forklifts vs. pedestrians. Who has to stop? People on foot technically have the right-of-way. But some say powered industrial trucks… 

HazCom labels and SDSs are confusing - until now. Two OSHA industrial hygienists explain what is happening right now with… 

Front-line workers shouldn’t be fired for blowing the whistle on safety. Their observations need to be taken seriously by managers,… 

Safety kickoffs can alienate experienced workers. Learn how to bring these staffers into new, safer realms with John Drebinger, Jr.,… 

OSHA inspections are a breeze if you’re ready. An OSHA Consultation Manager tells how OSHA can help your company be… 

Fall prevention requires employer planning and employee training. Listen to Matt McNicholas of OSHA discuss the annual Construction Fall Safety… 

Fall prevention saves lives. Hear Dr. Christine Branche of NIOSH talk passionately about the annual Construction Fall Safety Stand-Down May… 

HazCom labeling changes are here. OSHA’s new standards finally match GHS labeling. Expert Chuck Paulausky, CHMM, explains hazard communication labeling. Chuck… 

NFPA 70E electrical standards see a major shift in the 2015 edition. Hear Bill Burke of the NFPA explain the… 

Electrical safety at work kicks up a notch with strong advice from OSHA trainer Jon Koppari. Hear Jon’s tips for… 

Ladder safety increases with tips from expert Dave Francis. 3 points of contact/control, fiberglass vs. wood, correct footwear and more… 

Earthquake safety at work? A quake could happen while employees are on the job. Prep with workplace emergency supplies, equipment… 

Safety Management. Has it helped workplace safety improve? Safety management systems expert Maureen Johnson, of IBM, rates 30 years of… 

Safety recognition programs that cost the least work the best. Hear a former OSHA trainer explain how to have a… 

OSHA inspections can create panic in every safety manager. Relax. An OSHA Enforcement Manager responds to 18 questions on inspections,… 

Combustible dust explosions can happen in a confined workspace without notice. Hear dust and flammability expert Dr. Ashok Dastidar discuss… 

Safety observers don’t have to be safety managers. You can count on regular employees to monitor safety. Hear about the… 

Safety resources for free? Former OSHA inspector, Dave Weber, explains why he offers the goods. Listen, be inspired, and find… 

10 Rules For Forklift Safety can keep drivers and pedestrians safe on the job. Some forklift safety tips are obvious,… 

Eye and face protection must be worn correctly by the worker and provided by the employer. Hear OSHA’s answers to… 

Chemical hazards can lurk, unseen. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) says we should learn from the West Fertilizer Company… 

Safety signs help companies be OSHA compliant based on ANSI Z535 safety sign and tag standards. Hear about four categories… 

Portable containers for hazardous chemicals in the workplace can have NO labeling in only two situations, according to OSHA's HazCom… 

Permit-required confined spaces aren’t just sewer pipes. Semi-trailers can be hazardous too. Hear about hazards in three trailer types, empty… 

First aid kits in the workplace are mandated by OSHA. Hear about the minimum standard changes in 2015 and if… 

OSHA 300A is a safety form most employers need to display in the workplace by February 1 annually. Hear how… 

Temporary wiring (like an extension cord) gets the thumbs-up from OSHA in just four settings. In only a couple of… 

Trench sloping at a safe angle prevents cave-ins and saves lives. Trench Right is the free mobile app designed to… 

Safety goals in the workplace can be implemented or refined at year’s end to ensure a safe start to the… 

OSHA Inspection At Santa’s Workshop is a song. It’s a gift to listeners of The Safety Brief podcast and a… 

Arc flash can melt synthetic underwear right to your skin. Wear arc-rated base layers, socks and briefs beneath an arc-rated… 

Respirator fit tests are required by OSHA. But the employer must also do a medical evaluation of an employee before… 

I2P2 is shorthand for Injury and Illness Prevention Programs. Even though OSHA doesn’t have a standard, they’re still a good… 

Slips, trips and falls. Who would think they cause 15 percent of on-the-job deaths? Hear about prevention and OSHA’s proposed… 

Oil and gas extraction can knock a worker on his butt. Or much worse. Hear about the on and off-site… 

Whole-body vibration is dangerous for workers, but OSHA has no standard on vibration limitation. Hear what safety managers can do… 

Workplace amputations are in the spotlight at OSHA. They’ve updated their National Emphasis Program on Amputations. Hear about best practices… 

Confined spaces need a portable gas monitor if there is a chance of low oxygen, high carbon monoxide or other… 

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2015 are a snapshot of safety in the United States. Employers should use this list as… 

Safety data sheet compliance is hard when suppliers don’t update. Hear OSHA experts answer five important questions on SDSs required… 

Hazcom label rules are confusing. Get chemical labeling answers direct from OSHA on their Hazard Communication Standard, HCS, implemented June… 

Eyewashes can injure the eyes if the water is allowed to stagnate. OSHA issued a reminder about flushing and cleaning… 

Wind energy safety is a careful blend of fall protection, electrical hazard awareness and much more. Hear the best practices… 

CONFINED SPACES IN CONSTRUCTION gets a 2 month deferral. OSHA won’t issue citations for violations of its new rule until… 

Hearing protection for workers comes in two varieties, earmuffs and earplugs. Hear selection tips for both, including their Noise Reduction… 

Safety Data Sheets must be kept current. Every company with employees exposed to hazardous chemicals is required to keep an… 

Heat safety is easier with OSHA’s updated smartphone app in your pocket. Their Heat Safety Tool calculates the current heat… 

Fall prevention is up to the employer. Hear OSHA’s Matt McNicholas and NIOSH’s Dr. Christine Branche talk about the National… 

OSHA issued a confined spaces in construction rule. It’s about time. After noodling with it for over 20 years, the… 

OSHA standards vary state to state. For the first time, a database accurately compares state and federal OSHA laws and… 

Workers’ Memorial Day 2015 should be observed by focusing on workplace illnesses caused by hazardous chemicals. Listen for the reasons. Employers… 

Workplace violence prevention should be the sober goal of every company. Hear how to keep workers safe from the public,… 

Nail gun safety increases with modern, well maintained equipment. Keep nail gunners from getting an injury with these six tips. The… 

Texting and driving will get you a ticket in the DOT’s national crackdown April 10-15, 2015. Companies can be fined… 

Who pays for temp PPE? Not the worker. The host employer or the staffing agency are ultimately responsible for keeping… 

Incident reporting increases when workers don’t fear losing their jobs. That’s one of six ways to encourage incident reporting, and… 

Rooftop snow removal by workers is so dangerous, OSHA just released a Hazard Alert. Listen for a list of 8… 

Permit-required confined spaces, PRCS, are simply confined spaces with an added hazard. But who issues the permit? Listen to hear… 

Compressed air comes out of a nozzle at a bazillion miles an hour! Don’t let this dangerous air pressure hurt… 

Silica Dust Hazard Alert out from OSHA and NIOSH about stone countertops. Hear about the new warning for fabrication shops… 

Avoid the Fatal Four construction dangers. They kill more workers on job sites than any other. Listen and hear how… 

Trench and excavation hazards are higher than general construction. Cave-ins kill two workers every 30 days. Hear how to keep… 

Hot work, such as welding, by storage tanks is obviously dangerous. But even tanks which are seemingly empty or contain… 

The deadline for OSHA’s new HazCom labeling standards, based on GHS, is June 1st, 2015. Are you compliant? OSHA has new… 

Hard hat selection and care is critical to safety. It’s your brain. Keep it in a good bucket. Hear about… 

Forklift violations can be dangerous to workers, and lead to costly OSHA citations. Listen for some of the top forklift… 

Machine guarding is one of OSHA's top 10 most-cited safety violations. Workers should respect these devices that protect them from… 

Stretch breaks for employees have big benefits. You lose a little production time, but make bigger gains in productivity. Workers doing… 

Cleaning chemicals can be as dangerous as other workplace chemicals. Be aware of potential health hazards, even with “green” products… 

Lockout-tagout (LOTO) is not just for major equipment repairs. Do it for maintenance, cleaning, and even retrieving stuck items, or… 

Powered industrial trucks, also known as forklifts, need clear labeling to keep operators and pedestrians safe. This podcasts details the three… 

Cooling shirts are a water cooled PPE for working in heat. They are used by industrial workers, athletes and medical… 

Exit route violations are very common in OSHA inspections. Make access to unobstructed, well marked workplace exit routes a priority.… 

OSHA 10 training is a 10 hour course on standards for safety in the workplace. In this podcast, we give… 

Combustible dust is a major workplace danger. If you can write your name in the dust, and it’s combustible dust,… 

Fall protection is critical. Falls are the leading cause of death and injury in construction. In residential construction, risks can sometimes… 

OSHA teaches hazard identification by engaging employees with their new, game-based Hazard Identification Training Tool. It makes hazard identification interactive.… 

Safety apps put important information at your fingertips. A mobile device with a free safety application can be a convenient… 

A fireproof workplace and personal protective equipment are critical for safe welding. Welding is a hot work process due a… 

Silica dust is common in worksites, can scar the lungs and cause cancer. Symptoms sometimes don't appear for 10 years. The… 

An OSHA inspection can happen without notice, but with preparation, facilities can be ready for scrutiny. Prepare the employees so they… 

It’s a myth! It’s a myth that employees are bad at hazard reporting. They are actually good safety observers. Having… 

This is a surprise! OSHA does NOT have requirements for safety color coding in the workplace. But ANSI does. The… 

They are so familiar, workers ignore ladder safety. Misuse accounts for tens of thousands of at-work accidents, and 100 deaths… 

One million people have back injuries in the workplace every year, according to OSHA. And most of those injuries are… 

It’s a killer you can’t see, taste or smell. Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen due to gas powered tools running… 

This is the story of tragedy that could have been avoided with better safety housekeeping. Here, we detail a fatal… 

Dan has compiled the 10 most common signage and labeling questions asked about keeping workers safe and avoiding fines. These… 

An eyewash station is something you may need, but hope you will never use. But if there’s an emergency, it’s… 

Helmets, ear protection, eye protection are all important. However, safety managers must ensure foot protection is a priority too. The foot… 

Summer brings a new set of workplace hazards. Workers will be affected by heat and humidity, in and out of… 

Scaffolding safety is often hard to achieve, due to the structure’s temporary nature. Just like any other work at-height, it… 

ALL injuries equal, or add up to, a loss of money for every company. And imagine how much money. The… 

In this podcast, we are going to talk about a less-known fact on construction sites in the United States -… 

Choosing the right safety label maker for your facility's safety program is an important job. Many safety managers are given… 

Safety labels from an industrial label maker can help you pass an OSHA inspection, and keep employees safe. An inspection from… 

Lockout-tagout is the #1 cited violation for general industry by OSHA, but they estimate the lockout-tagout standard prevents 120 fatalities… 

Safety podcast? This is The Safety Brief, dedicated to industrial and construction safety. Episodes are always less than 5 minutes,… 

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