Posts made in January, 2015

Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Welding, Cutting, and Brazing

Welding, cutting, and brazing are hazardous activities that pose a unique combination of both safety and health risks to more than 500,000 workers in a wide variety of industries. The risk from fatal injuries alone is more than four deaths per thousand workers over a working lifetime. Health hazards from welding, cutting, and brazing operations include exposures to...

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Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Compressed Gas Cylinders

There are several hazards associated with compressed gases, including oxygen displacement, fires, explosions, toxic effects from certain gases, as well as the physical hazards associated with pressurized systems. Special storage, use, and handling precautions are necessary in order to control these hazards There are numerous Occupational safety and Health...

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Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Compressed Air

Many hazards are associated with pressurized air. For example, if an un-pressurized system or component is suddenly and rapidly pressurized with high-pressure air, a large amount of heat is produced that may reach the ignition temperature of the impurities present in the air. When the ignition temperature is reached, a violent explosion may occur. Ignition...

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Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Administrative Safety Issues

About 1.3 million employers with 11 or more employees, which represent about 20 percent of the establishments the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) covers, must keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses. Workplaces in low-hazard industries, such as retail, service, finance, insurance, and real estate, are exempt from the...

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