It's that time of year again! It’s hot, the days are long, and there’s plenty of work to be done down here in Texas. If you’re in the Texas construction industry, the risks of heat stress should be on your radar.
Heat-related illnesses occur when the body reaches a core temperature of 104F. Body temperatures at 104F or higher can cause cellular damage. The three most common heat-related illnesses are heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Understanding the severity of each could save lives.
Heat Cramps- Muscle spasms that are a result of a large loss of salt and water.
Heat Exhaustion- Salt depletion and Water depletion are two types of heat exhaustion. The most common signs of heat exhaustion are: dizziness, excessive thirst, nausea, vomiting.
Heat Stroke- The most severe of the three, comes when an individual is exposed to extre...
Social media is crazy these days! People are obsessed with posting the things they are most proud of. Most of us post photos of our latest vacation, a new car we bought, or a cool picture of our kids doing something NOBODY'S kids have ever done before.
I can only imagine that most business owners are proud of their company and so, they post pictures as well. Pictures are worth a thousand words and pictures of employees violating OSHA regulations may be worth $13,260- 2019 maximum penalty an employer can be issued for serious and other than serious citations.
We would like to think OSHA doesn’t surf the web looking for violations, but who am I to say they don’t. There are several articles out on the web telling stories about how OSHA inspectors find pictures in newspapers and then go check a company out.
Taking a toddler to the dentist twice a year doesn’t sound all that bad after you’ve made the first visit or two. They get used to the people, the procedures and the prize afterward. Plus, the fear of something going terribly wrong with their teeth pretty much goes out the door because you know that the maintenance beforehand has helped prevent issues down the road. After the visit we expect the usual, “Keep brushing and don’t forget to floss.”
Now, taking a 12-year-old to the dentist for the first time may be a little more nerve-wracking. It would be for me: braces and retainers aren’t necessarily the cheapest! And who knows how many tooth & gum problems have grown and gotten worse through years of inattention & inaction. The fear of the unknown would be daunting, but nonetheless after the visit there would be a goal-oriented action...
While OSHA has not fully enacted the new Enforcement Weighting System for FY2016, it has revealed some of the intentions in an internal memo released recently. It appears that the number crunchers continue to run this regulatory branch and the inspectors keep getting left with the short end of the stick if they spend too long at one location.
The new system will encourage inspectors to tackle the more serious offenses and to spend as much time as possible on the serious cases. As a byproduct, this means that inspectors might be encouraged to make an inspection more serious than it needs to be to get the Enforcement Credits (EC's) they need to move up the inspector ranks. Here is how it will work from the OSHA website:
Published from a recent release from EPA. The effects on your company will be based on what studies like this find.
EPA Finalizes the Nation’s First Greenhouse Gas Reporting System/Monitoring to begin in 2010
WASHINGTON – On January 1, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will, for the first time, require large emitters of heat-trapping emissions to begin collecting greenhouse gas (GHG) data under a new reporting system. This new program will cover approximately 85 percent of the nation’s GHG emissions and apply to roughly 10,000 facilities.
“This is a major step forward in our effort to address the greenhouse gases polluting our skies,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “For the first time, we begin collecting data from the largest facilities in this country, ones that account for approximately 85 percent of the to...
The improper disposal of obsolete electronics in our landfills releases deadly toxins, such as lead, zinc, cadmium, mercury and copper, into our soil, water and atmosphere causing both environmental and health problems. In fact, cathode ray tubes found in most computer monitors and television sets contain more than four pounds of lead each! As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency in 2006 passed the CRT Rule, which prevents the land disposal of cathode ray tubes and streamlines management standards and encourages recycling and reuse. Safely recycling cathode ray tubes saves energy and conserves resources, allows the recycled glass cullet to be reused to manufacture new CRT glass, and reduces the amount of lead in landfills.
Let us know if we can help your company manage these resourses as they reach of the end of their useful...
When it comes to electrical safety, OSHA standards can be technical and confusing. What requirements do safety managers need to know?
Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly what OSHA is training its inspectors to look for during an inspection that includes electrical safety, including surprising new areas of emphasis based on national OSHA directives?
This article covers some of the typical electrical safety questions that OSHA inspectors will ask during a field investigation, what they mean and how to be prepared and in compliance.
A good starting point is to understand OSHA’s approach to electrical safety. OSHA’s goal is for employers to identify all electrical hazards, both potential and actual. In the past, OSHA focused on process changes, encouraging companies to de-energize circuits be...