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Walking the Walk…Tips for Complying With the Final OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Rules

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Are falls a concern to you or your workers? Do you regularly inspect walking-working surfaces, correct and guard against hazardous conditions? Are you committed to a safe working environment at your company? Keeping current with legal changes is a necessary first step. In November of 2016, OSHA published its final rule on Walking and Working Surfaces,

Volcanoes: Protecting Yourself from Ash, Gases and Other Hazards

While volcanic eruptions are rare, the impact can be severe not just on everything it touches, but on the people living near the volcano. Depending on the type of volcano, and the force of the eruption, a variety of hazards may be present. These hazards can include mudflows and flash floods, landslides and rockfalls, earthquakes, lava flow, falling ash, and

Valley Fever: Taking Precautions if You Work Outdoors

Cases of Valley fever have been increasing, but many are not aware of this fungal agent and that it can be quite dangerous. What is Valley Fever? Valley fever (Coccidioidomycosis) is caused by inhalation of the spores of Coccidioides immitis fungus. The fungus is commonly found in the soil of southwestern states of the United States, and more likely to

U.S. OSHA COVID-19 Violations are on the Rise. Be Prepared.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the United States, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is moving forward with enforcement of violations related to COVID-19. As of January 14, 2021, the agency has proposed penalties totaling $4,034,288.00. [1] These citations have come as a result of more than 270 inspections and can be

The Challenges of Construction Noise Exposure

Construction sites are loud. And yet often, they can be relatively quiet. Sounds and situations can change very quickly, and rarely are construction workers exposed to the same noise levels for the same amount of time from one day to the next. Furthermore, construction sites tend to be very busy places with large vehicles moving back and forth and equipment

Ten Considerations when Selecting Respiratory Protection

When choosing respiratory protection in the United States, there is a lot to consider. Are respirators required by your employer and/or the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)? Has the respirator been certified by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH)? But even once you select the appropriate respiratory protection given your job and application, another important

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