Monthly Archives: May 2012

New California PELs

According to a recent OSHA QuickTakes, California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted lower permissible exposure limits (PELs) for carbon disulfide, hydrogen fluoride, sulfuric acid and toluene. California’s OSHSB adopted the new PELs on January 19, and the changes … Continue reading

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Are your incentives really disincentives for injury reporting?

From a recent OSHA QuickTakes: In a March 12 memo to OSHA Regional Administrators and whistleblower investigative staff, OSHA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Fairfax addressed workplace policies and practices that can discourage workers from reporting injuries and could constitute unlawful … Continue reading

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Fire sprinklers help protect the environment

As captured on video, FM Global and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition conducted a study looking at the environmental impact of fires.  Setting up two identical living rooms, they measured the pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions and water usage when both … Continue reading

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Storm Safety

We are in storm season.  Even if you are not a scuba diver, Divers Alert Network (DAN) has a great and interesting quiz on storm safety, accompanied by great photos.  See how well you can do answering 12 questions that … Continue reading

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OSHA inspections save lives, don’t cost

A study published in the journal Science on May 18 shows that random OSHA inspections helps to save lives and saves employers money.  In a study of California businesses that both had and had not undergone an OSHA inspection, those … Continue reading

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Two Ways Out

National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) is kicking off the 2012 Fire Prevention week in October with the theme of “Have 2 Ways Out.”  The focus is on home fires and always have a second route of the home, but the … Continue reading

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May is National Electric Safety Month

This article was in a recent National Fire Prevention Association newsletter: Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffeemaker. Charging a laptop computer. These activities are second nature for most of us. Electrical appliances and devices make our lives easier. … Continue reading

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Job design to reduce injury

The Health and Safety Report from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, dated 4-30-12, has an article on “Job Design Tips for Ergonomic Hand Tool Use.” The main points are: Change it up: rotate jobs or add more … Continue reading

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Reducing repetitive strain injuries: micro breaks

Repetitive strain injuries go back to the days of early scribes.  Doing any one task for an extended period of time will cause stress and fatigue of the muscles. Back in the days of the manual typewriter, there was variety, … Continue reading

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Minnesota Twins do it, how about you?

The Minnesota Twins are working with Hennepin County to expand their recycling program stadium wide.  According to Hennepin County GreenNotes, the Twins are adding plastic cup recycling to their plastic and metal bottle recycling.  They have also expanded the organics … Continue reading

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