Posts made in September, 2014

Hazard Communication Program – Self-Evaluation Checklist

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to establish a hazard communication program that provides workers with information on the hazards of the chemicals with which they work. This information is derived from labels on containers, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and training programs. Chemicals pose a myriad of hazards to...

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) – a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas – is one of the most common industrial hazards. Small quantities can cause illness and large quantities can kill. The more CO in the air, and the longer a worker is exposed to it, the greater the danger. Any one or more of the following symptoms can signal carbon monoxide poisoning:...

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Welding Hazards

Welding is inherently hazardous to workers. Besides the hazards from noise, electric shock, and fires and explosions, exposure to welding “smoke” (i.e., gases and fumes) can lead to acute or chronic respiratory diseases, such as lung-function impairment, obstructive and restrictive lung disease, cough, dyspnea, rhinitis, asthma, pneumonitis,...

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Controlling Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a serious condition caused by the failure of the body’s internal mechanism to regulate its core temperature. Heat stroke is a medical emergency that can result in death. During heat stroke, sweating stops and the body is unable to eliminate excessive heat. The heat stroke victim can experience: dry, pale skin (no sweating); hot, red skin (looks...

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Does Your Facility Need an Emergency Action Plan?

In general, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Standard 29 CFR 1910.38, Emergency Action Plans (EAP), requires employers to develop plans to handle fires and other emergencies that may require evacuation of the premises. Such plans must be in writing, kept in the workplace, and be available to employees for review; however, an employer...

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