Who is required for this safety training?

According to this article, requiring certain safety training for specific employees who will not need it based on their job duties is a mistake many companies make (for example, enforcing a Fall-Protection training class on a receptionist). When a specific class is not relevant to the employee’s role it can, in turn, cause the employer’s…

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OSHA’s Haz Comm Officially Aligns With Global Harmonized System

After years of discussion, OSHA has finally announced its final ruling on its Hazard Communication standard to be aligned with the United Nations’ GHS.
GHS stands for the “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals”. GHS is a system that defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products, and communicates health and safety information on labels and material safety data sheets (called Safety Data Sheets, or SDSs, in GHS). An international team of hazard communication experts developed GHS.
Haz Comm 2012, as it is now known at the agency, communicates information about chemical hazards in the workplace “more
simply, clearly and effectively,” says OSHA Assistant Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. It “empowers [workers] with the best information about the chemicals they handle in the workplace,” she added.
OSHA’s Haz Comm standard requires chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and prepare labels and safety data sheets to convey the hazard information to their downstream customers. It also requires all employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces to have labels and safety data sheets for their exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals appropriately.
Some of the major changes in the standard are:
  • Hazard classification: Provides specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures.
  • Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements also must be provided.
  • Safety data sheets: Now will have a specified 16-section format.
  • Information and training: Employers are required to train workers by Dec. 1, 2013 on the new labels’ elements and safety data sheets’ format to facilitate recognition and understanding.
How Safety Links Can Help You:
OSHA estimates about 5 million workplaces in the US will be affected. Although most agree that this decision has will benefit overall, it can also cause disruption in the re-alignment with the new GHS implementation for many companies. Strong processes, applications, systems, and service providers can be a great help in order to achieve compliance.
After years of experience and thorough understanding of GHS and its implementation in our HazCom course, we understand and are able help ease the alignment for your existing HazCom in your company.
If you would like to learn more about our HazCom course this visit page here: https://www.safetylinks.net/index.php/training/safety-courses-for-all-industries/hazcom or give us a call at 407-505-2803 for a consultation on implementing GHS with OSHA’s new HazCom 2012 standard.

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Dangerous Reptiles

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Whether you live in Florida or not, this short module on alligators and dangerous snakes is interesting enough to watch regardless. Take a few minutes to learn a few safety tips such as identifying different types of snakes, various ways to prepare yourself if you ever encounter one and as for alligators, the best ways to steer clear of them if one is seen.


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North American Product Safety Agencies Team Up in the Name of Poison Prevention

U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionOffice of Information and Public Affairs4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, www.CPSC.gov Report an Unsafe Product: http://SaferProducts.gov ******************************************************** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 19, 2012 Release #12-133 CPSC Hotline: (800) 638-2772 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908 WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the United States marks the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention…

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OSHA Under Obama Administration

After three years of the Obama administration, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) finds its ability to police the business community is extremely limited, even with a Democrat in the White House and legitimate health and safety experts leading the agency. Almost every new regulation the agency issues, no matter how minor, is rebuffed…

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Maintenance of Traffic: Traffic Control

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Work Zone Safety is important to everyone because we want to avoid accidents as well as injuries. Unfortunately, there are too many statistics showing how common accidents are within work zones. For example according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year 835 people were killed in work zones in the US. More alarmingly was…

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New Fall Protection Standards Approved

The ANSI (American National Standards Institute) approved two American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) fall protection standards: ANSI/ASSE Z359.14-2012 Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems; and ANSI/ASSE Z359.4-2012 Safety Requirements for Assisted-Rescue and Self-Rescue Systems, Subsystems and Components. (Revised) ANSI/ASSE Z359.14-2012 Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall…

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MSHA Says Operations Improving

MSHA says operations improving Press Release from the U.S. Department of Labor’s MSHA ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that overall compliance with safety and health regulations is improving among the nation’s more than 12,000 metal and nonmetal mining operations. Preliminary data indicate a 14 percent…

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Change Your Batteries in Smoke & CO Alarms

As daylight saving time starts this week, the CPSC is encouraging us all to make sure we replace our batteries in both smoke and carbon monoxide detector alarms.

The CPSC estimates an average of 386,300 residential fires in settings in a year, with a total of nearly 2,400 deaths between 2006 and 2008. Two-thirds of deaths caused by a fire are due to a lack of smoke alarms. Needless to say, replacing your batteries every years is crucial and testing alarms on a monthly basis very necessary.

An estimated annual average of 183 unintentional non-fire CO deaths occurred between 2006 and 2008. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of fuel in various products that can include furnaces, portable generators, fireplaces, cars, and charcoal grills. On top of that, it is colorless and odorless, making it a lot more difficult to recognize when present.

So as you change the rest of the clocks on your walls today, make sure you do the same with every alarm detector!

To read the original press release, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12127.html

To read on fire prevention, visit https://www.safetylinks.net/index.php/training/safety-courses-for-all-industries/fire-extinguisher-training-hands-on

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Want to Learn More on Respirator Safety?

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OSHA Respiratory Protection Videos OSHA has created and posted the following videos in both English and Spanish. All on respiratory protection, from general protection to training requirements. Follow the links to each one and learn more regarding its topic. Respiratory Protection in General Industry Respiratory Protection in Construction Respirator Types Respirator Fit Testing Maintenance and…

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