Posts made in May, 2014

Evaluating a Personal Protective Equipment Program

Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes all accessories designed to create a barrier between a worker and workplace hazards. A hazard assessment should be conducted of the workplace to determine if conditions are present that would require the use of PPE. This checklist identifies areas of concern in assessing a PPE program for workers. Questions Yes No N/A Has...

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Exposure Checklist

Cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) are defined as injuries to the musculoskeletal system that develop gradually as a result of repeated motion. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), tendinitis, tenosynovitis, Raynaud’s syndrome, and De Quervain’s disease are examples of CTDs. CTS is a significant loss exposure in certain industrial operations – it can...

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Selecting Hearing Protection

When feasible, employers are required to use engineering solutions to reduce hazardous noise in the work environment. When an engineering solution is not possible or economically feasible, it is acceptable to use hearing protection as a temporary solution. The best hearing protector is the one that is comfortable and convenient and that the worker will wear every...

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Eyewash Fountains

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) frequently issues citations relating to the lack of emergency eyewash fountains and, less frequently, the lack of a deluge shower. The OSHA standard referenced most often is 29 CFR 1910.151(c), Medical Services and First Aid. The standard states: “Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to...

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