Monthly Archives: March 2010

Protecting America’s Workers Act

Assistant Secretary of Labor/OSHA Director Dr. David Michaels recently testified to the US House of Representatives regarding increasing OSHA penalties.  The Act, referred to as PAWA, is designed to strengthen OSHA and cover more employees.  According to the House Committee … Continue reading

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Respirator Basics – and a downloadable poster for your workplace

Respirators are designed to protect the user from breathing air contaminated with dusts, fumes or other harmful substances.  Filtering facepieces, commonly called dust masks, are one type of respirator.  These masks, which always have two straps, meet certain standards. If … Continue reading

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ECHO: Emergency Community Health Outreach

How do you communicate emergency information to employees if they are not proficient in English?  ECHO Minnesota is a website designed to “ensure that people with limited English proficiency receive life-saving health and safety information–in some of the languages they … Continue reading

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$1.4 million fine for confined space fatality

In early January, OSHA levied a $1.4 million fine against a Texas company following an employee fatality. While the size of the fine is notable (we are expecting to see more of these large fines), the cause of the fatality … Continue reading

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