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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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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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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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CHESS Newsletter

The most recent newsletter from CHESS is now available online.  Topics include OSHA recordkeeping and new reporting requirements, regulatory updates, environmental deadlines, MPCA general permit updates, environmental and safety grants, hazardous waste hauler updates and employment poster updates.  All of … Continue reading

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OSHA New Injury Reporting Requirement

Federal OSHA has implemented new injury reporting requirements as of January 1, 2015:  you must report any fatality to OSHA within 8 hours (that has not changed).  In-patient hospitalization of one employee (used to be three employees), amputation or loss … Continue reading

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No prolonged standing or sitting

NIOSH recently posted in their science blog that prolonged standing is not healthy–it can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and other health problems.  There have been prior studies saying that sitting for long periods is bad for you.  It sounds like … Continue reading

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Walk Like a Penguin

It’s warmed up in Minnesota, but you know snow and ice will be back.  To keep from falling, walk like a penguin:  take small steps, keep your knees relaxed, and turn your feet out a little.  Limit how much you … Continue reading

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