Posts made in June, 2014

Manual Materials Handling

This checklist is designed to be a tool to quickly identify potential problems with manual materials handling tasks. Additional risk factors may exist that are not accounted for in this checklist. It is common practice to follow up checklist observations with more precise techniques to confirm problem risk factors. A “No” response indicates potential...

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Latex Allergies – Recommendations for Employers and Workers

Latex allergies have become a major occupational health problem, rising to epidemic proportions in highly exposed healthcare workers and other populations with significant exposures. Latex allergy can be prevented. Employers should adopt policies to protect workers from undue latex exposures. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)...

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Welding Smoke

Welding, particularly the “smoke” (i.e., fumes and gases) produced during welding operations, presents many health hazards. Welding smoke is a mixture of very fine particles (fumes) and gases. Many of the substances in welding smoke, such as chromium, nickel, arsenic, asbestos, manganese, silica, beryllium, cadmium, nitrogen oxides, phosgene, acrolein,...

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Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: General Operations

Business owners should ensure that routine inspections of work areas are conducted and the results documented. This “Client Handout” provides small business owners a means of identifying potential problem areas that may occur within their facilities. Any question answered “No” should be thoroughly investigated and corrective actions taken....

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OSHA’s Consultation Service

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has implemented a free consultation service to help employers find out about potential hazards at their worksites and improve their occupational safety and health management systems. Companies meeting certain program criteria may qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections. Primarily...

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