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E-Cigs: Friend or Fiend?

By Jake Thorson, CHMM  CHESS, Inc. Minnesota prohibits smoking in all indoor workplaces, but what about vaping, or electronic cigarettes? Well, a 2014 state law prohibits e-cig use on government property and at child care and health care facilities. Hennepin … Continue reading

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Aerosols: A Universal Waste?

by Jake Thorson, CHMM, CHESS Inc. Do you spray aerosols at your facility? Brake cleaner? Paint? Lubricants? If you do, how do you dispose of them? If you are at a facility in Minnesota and puncture your aerosol cans to … Continue reading

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Electronic Submittal of OSHA Logs – Coming Soon to a Computer Near You

OSHA published its newest standard today – a requirement for employers to electronically submit injury data to OSHA. OSHA plans to publish that data on its website. The important details Establishments with 250 or more employees will be required to … Continue reading

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Silica Standard – At Last!

OSHA published a new standard for crystalline silica today. It’s about time. The standard changes the exposure limit from a complicated formula based on measuring the percentage of quartz in a sample to 0.05 mg/m3, the level NIOSH recommended forty … Continue reading

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Spray cans

We use them all the time, and then, when they’re empty or stop working, we often throw them in the trash without a second thought. But is that the right thing to do? Most spray cans (aerosol cans, to give … Continue reading

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Life can change in an instance

That title might be cliche, but when it comes to safety, it is true. We have recently had the unfortunate opportunity to investigate several serious injuries. Some injuries could be prevented if the employee took one second or ten seconds … Continue reading

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Wild Parsnip

Summer brings out the best in Minnesota–mosquitoes, wasps, poison ivy and wild parsnip. I did not know about wild parsnip until a few years ago, when Janet told me about it. Fortunately, I have not had a personal encounter with … Continue reading

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Changes at CHESS

I’ve been behind in my blog posts, mostly because we’ve been so busy. The great news is that CHESS has added two new staff members: Dawn Billstrom and YaVone Wirtz. Dawn has worked for utilities departments and brings a great … Continue reading

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Bypassing safety doesn’t save time or money

I just read  a recent OSHA news release about two employees who were killed and another who was severely burned at a US Steel plant in Alabama.  The article said “Management knew that attempting to operate the valve while the … Continue reading

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Preventing work related vehicle crashes

I have been sadly amazed at the number of motor vehicle crashes I’ve read about in the newspaper recently.  While I don’t know the cause of all of them, at least one crash with multiple fatalities was linked to distracted … Continue reading

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