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Occupational Health & Safety: No running water in workplace, osha, sanitation
osha, sanitation: Thanks for the question...it sounds like your employer is not fully informed of the OSHA Workplace Sanitation Standard, 29 CFR 1910.141 Here s a link (http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9790) The standard is easy...

Occupational Health & Safety: Ladder Safety, ladder, safety
ladder, safety: A few ideas come to mind...one is to assign second person to foot the ladder. Also, look at whether the ladder can be tied off anywhere. Since your doing a lot of work at heights, I would also consider looking at a scissor lift or other type of manlift....

Occupational Health & Safety: asbestos exposure inhalation risk, asbestos
asbestos: This is a difficult question to answer. I will attempt to answer this as best I can, but please understand that I am not an asbestos expert. Many states have training certification programs for the safe handling and removal of asbestos and asbestos containing...

Occupational Health & Safety: new career, safety, career development
safety, career development: I can partially answer your question. There are many educational opportunities out there, it is really up to you to decide what fits your career plan the best. If you have no S&H experience, I would guess that a post-graduate course is not suitable. You...

Occupational Health & Safety: air quality, mold, mildew
mold, mildew, OSHA: In some circumstances, the things you might do at home could work, Lysol(c) spray, etc. However, when dealing with such a large volume of material, that may be impractical. I hadn t heard about kitty litter. The best way to remove mold is to remove the...

Occupational Health & Safety: safety stats, OSHA record keeping, recordability
OSHA record keeping, recordability: The answers to your questions can be found in detail at the following OSHA link... http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html MEDICAL AID CASE- By this, I will assume you mean a medical treatment case By definition, medical treatment is any treatment...

Occupational Health & Safety: Change in Management Procedure, OSHA PSM, management of change
OSHA PSM, management of change: I m not sure I understand the question, but in the US, we have a similar term, called Management of Change under the US Occupational Health and Safety Administration s Process Safety Management rule. Management of Change-The work site employer must establish...

Occupational Health & Safety: OSHA standard for pre-duty rest, OSHA, rest breaks
OSHA, rest breaks: Thanks for the question...at this time, I am not aware of an OSHA requirement for rest breaks. There are federal regulations for drivers subject to Federal Motor Carrier standards, but my guess is that doesn t apply here. The attached link, to an OSHA interpretation...

Occupational Health & Safety: confusion, OSHA
OSHA: My expertise is in the application of health and safety principles, not international certifications, but I will do my best to help... In the US- OSHA is a government agency under the US Dept of Labor that enforces the rules of worker safety, NIOSH does the...

Occupational Health & Safety: confusion, noise, safety certification
noise, safety certification, industrial hygiene: Thanks for the questions, I will attempt to answer them as best as I can... Typically, the certifying organizations in the U.S. require some for of education or experience for you to sit for an examination. More information can be obtained from www.ABIH.org...

Occupational Health & Safety: Leading Indicator Index, incident frequency, direct correlation
incident frequency, direct correlation, corporate face: This is a very involved question... My suggestion is to pose it to a safety forum, such as the listserve run by University of Vermont SAFETY@list.uvm.edu Archives of list discussions can be found at http://list.uvm.edu/archives/safety.html There...

Occupational Health & Safety: workplace requirement for running water, OSHA, workplace sanitation
OSHA, workplace sanitation: The OSHA Workplace Sanitation Standard, 29 CFR 1910.141 addressed your concerns... Here s a link (http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9790) The standard is easy to read, so without recreating it here, the highlights...

Occupational Health & Safety: keeping Chromium Trioxide/Mercuric Chloride in the basement in HDPE, chronic health effects, chromium trioxide
chronic health effects, chromium trioxide, health side effects: Unfortunately, there s no good answer to your question...just because you didn t experience symptoms from short term (acute) exposure provides us no basis for the long term (chronic) health effects. ( Much like- how many cigarettes can you smoke before you...

Occupational Health & Safety: Fall protection for non roofers on roof with parapet walls., parapet walls, parapet wall
parapet walls, parapet wall, roof slope: Good morning Bill .. Happy Thanksgiving.. I have some questions that I need to get answered from you. 1. You mentioned a flat sloped roof .. .what is the angle of the roof slope? Is it a low flat slope, or a deeper grade of angle? If it s a steeper...

Occupational Health & Safety: second response phase, emergency action plan, response phase
emergency action plan, response phase, emergency thanks: Joel, It s hard to say. The second phase would be dependent upon what kind of emergency, the incident commander, and the exact nature of the emergency action plan. I am not aware of a precise phase universally accepted, although there could be something...

Occupational Health & Safety: second response, second response, recovery
second response, recovery: Joel, You got it right...second responders are the clean up crews, demolition and construction workers who restore an incident scene to normal and safe. Consider it part of the recovery efforts after an incident. The biggest example of this is the World...

Occupational Health & Safety: chipped paint, paint
paint: Typically, concerns with paint chips have more to do with lead. There is a tremendous amount of information on the web about that topic. I can t fully answer your questions without knowing more, such as the concentration or percentage of Alum. Hydrox in...

Occupational Health & Safety: hep C exposure, hepatitis, bloodborne
hepatitis, bloodborne: I will assume that you are talking about an exposure that occurred during the course of your work. If that is the case, depending on what country and state you are in, this should be treated as work-related and/or followed as a worker s compensation case....

Occupational Health & Safety: State OSHA regulations, state osha, osha regulations
state osha, osha regulations, loading docks: Good afternoon Scott.. #1. Oscillating Fan. The OSHA regulation here is 1910.107(d)(4). Is the fan in the office, or offices in the warehouse? If the fan is in offices, there should be no issue, I would think. If it s in the warehouse offices, there...

Occupational Health & Safety: Asbestos exposure from cutting holes into walls, for wall plates, asbestos, safety
asbestos, safety: I m no expert in asbestos, but will comment as best as I can. There s no good way to determine the asbestos concentration of a building material without testing at a lab. To the best of my knowledge, plaster and drywall aren t high on the list of things that...

Occupational Health & Safety: health and safety, osha requirement, workplace requirements
osha requirement, workplace requirements, place policies: Joel ... I m not quite sure what the question here is, but I ll attempt to answer it for you. I feel the question is asking how do I know that the efforts that I am enforcing is effective Well... In my situation, if I am applying an OSHA requirement...

Occupational Health & Safety: Accident value, working in saudi arabia, manors
working in saudi arabia, manors, job: Majid, A commuting accident is simply an accident that happens when you are on the job. For example, if you must travel in a company vehicle and you get involved in a collision, that would be a commuting accident. I hope that helps. Follow up if you need...

Occupational Health & Safety: Asbestos in garage?, asbestos
asbestos: Before I answer your question, you should ask yourself- what was the wall made of? If it was drywall/wallboard, then it was a very low likelihood of being Asbestos Containing Material (ACM). Same for plaster and lathe. If you don t know/aren t sure, the...

Occupational Health & Safety: tar paper, felt, safety
felt, safety, exposure: There is always the potential, since Tar Paper or felt paper is asphalt or oil impregnated felt cloth. My recommendation is to acquire a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) from the tar paper/felt paper manufacturer or supplier. Near the front...

Occupational Health & Safety: Verbal Abuse, osha act, human resources department
osha act, human resources department, witness statements: OK ... Let me see if I understand this. The restaurant manager is basically verbally abusive to restaurant employees in front of customers. One, this is unprofessional as a manager, two, if reported this to corporate, I want to make sure that I have...

Occupational Health & Safety: Experience Modification Rating, experience modification, current rate
experience modification, current rate: Sean, The EMR is usually determined annually based upon your record of safety. I think that for the most part, you are stuck with your EMR until years end when it is redetermined. The best way to reduce your EMR is to promote safety and have an established...

Occupational Health & Safety: Accident Investigation, OSHA recordkeeping
OSHA recordkeeping: Sorry, this question is a little vague. In the US, we have workers compensation rules which vary from state to state which define what is work-related in order to determine if a worker s treatment should be paid for, and any lost wages compensated. Under...

Occupational Health & Safety: LED exposure dangerous?, coherent light sources, cappels
coherent light sources, cappels, delicate structures: While this is not my area if expertise, I can offer the product of my brief research. I found many technical articles online, but this one seemed to offer the best layman s explanation. http://www.cappels.org/dproj/LED%20Warning/Danger_of_Eye_Danger.html...

Occupational Health & Safety: Accident investigation., root cause analysis, investigation
root cause analysis, investigation: I ve typically used some for of root cause analysis to identify the contributing factors that led to an incident ( I am assuming you are asking about a health & safety incident investigation) There are several commercially available courses, such as TapRoot...

Occupational Health & Safety: water off for repairs, osha, potable water
osha, potable water, sanitation: I will answer this question to the best of my ability. You will have to continue to check with your local authorities and perhaps the state Dept of Education about water for the kids...As for the workers, OSHA s 29CFR 1910.141 on worker sanitation may apply...

Occupational Health & Safety: Fence barriers, fall protection, fence
fall protection, fence: I believe what you are proposing would be a de minimis violation under the OSHA construction standard (29CFR1926.501) based on the published letter of interpretation found at the attached link. http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=24802...

Occupational Health & Safety: help, electrical failure, electromechanical system
electrical failure, electromechanical system, clothes store: I am not well versed on security for clothing stores, but I will try to answer your question. OSHA s Requirement is that the exit door is not locked from the inside to get out ... However, since the door automatically opens in the case of an electrical failure,...

Occupational Health & Safety: cfl bulb, cfl, mercury
cfl, mercury: I empathize with you situation...Here are some documented precautions that should be followed in the event of a broken CFL bulb, based on the recommendation of the US Environmental Protection Agency... http://www.epa.gov/cfl/ And from Health Canada... ...

Occupational Health & Safety: Construction laws and regulations regarding the health and safety at work, Construction Safety, abroad
Construction Safety, abroad: Livison, There are many differences but it really depends on the country. The four most prominently regulated countries for safety are United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and America. Other countries, especially developing countries, are not as focused on...

Occupational Health & Safety: Silica inhalation, Silica, kitty litter
Silica, kitty litter, dust: Silica has very real known health effects. The CDC info you ve found raises no surprise, since most health effect data we know about chemicals is based on workplace exposure. So can silica cause a health condition? Based on what we know from workplace exposures,...

Occupational Health & Safety: Independent Contractor Incident Investigation and Recordkeeping, Pam, recordkeeping
Pam, recordkeeping: Your statements are all correct, but my question for you is, all recordkeeping issues aside, why not investigate? My belief is that everyone can learn from a good investigation. You do not specify, but US process safety management rules also require logging...

Occupational Health & Safety: Drinking water and refrigeration, osha website, osha regulation
osha website, osha regulation, water coolers: Rona, This is something that most safety professionals advocate for, especially for outdoor workers. If the company was employee conscious regarding heat related issues with workers, they would have a cooling area for the workers, water coolers, gatorade,...

Occupational Health & Safety: help
Antonio, OSHA can and does issue monetary citations to employers for violations pertaining to safety hazards. They do not penalize employees, although under paragraph 5(b) of the OSHA Act, the agency may...but that is a complicated matter altogether and...

Occupational Health & Safety: back injuries at workplace, dbi sala, personal protective equipment
dbi sala, personal protective equipment, safety equiptment: Ian, I would recommend that you first patent your idea prior to just selling your idea. Patents protect your idea from those who might otherwise take the idea without due compensation. After you apply for your patent, you receive patent pending status....

Occupational Health & Safety: General Health & Safety, safety, health
safety, health, industrial hygiene: Frank, 1. It is necessary to know a great deal of material from private institutions, hospitals, etc. One must be familiar with regulatory standards codified by OSHA and to which such standards apply. A great starting point would be to delve into the OSHA...

Occupational Health & Safety: Wearing of Vest
Hi Norman, This is a rather tricky one since OSHA pretty much incorporates by reference the standards on wearing high visibility vests. The 1926 standards on construction require the use of personal protective equipment according to 1926.28(a). However,...

Occupational Health & Safety: question, osha, safety
osha, safety, construction: I can answer only in terms of US policy. This is a rather challenging question because US OSHA rules don t typically segregate by SIC code, however some SIC codes are excempt from some rules (recordkeeping for instance) If you are engaged in the construction...

Occupational Health & Safety: Safety.
Hi Sam, Thanks for your question. Safety is all about evaluating the hazards and risks of the job and type of work your company actually does. There is no real good way to just find a blank template or boiler plate model to address the needs of your company....

Occupational Health & Safety: UAE low for workers right to know
I am sorry, but I am not sure what your question is exactly. Are you inquiring about the United Arab Emirates having few regulations on hazard communication--the right to know standards? Please let me know and I ll respond. Thanks. Markus Wesaw, M.A., CSP...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: 1910.1030 re Protective Equipment, needlestick injuries, osha programs
needlestick injuries, osha programs, latex gloves: Gordon, Here is some info that will help justify my response to you. YES to all your questions, for those state employees that work in a state that has a State run OSHA enforcement program, they are covered under OSHA and would be covered under 29CFR1910.1030...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: #2 fuel oil fumes, cause health problems, material safety data
cause health problems, material safety data, material safety data sheet: Diana, #2 fuel oil smoke is nothing to be playing around with. The Material Safety Data Sheet for #2 Fuel Oil can be found at http://www.dixiegas.com/files/msds/fuel_oil.pdf The MSDS states the following about the contents of your smoke ... HAZARDOUS...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Fiberglass and cancer, permissible exposure levels, fiberglass insulation
permissible exposure levels, fiberglass insulation, level exposure: Jen, I myself would not be concerned about this. BUT PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE RESPONSE. If there was continual high level exposure, then that might be another matter. What makes the difference is the concentration of the exposure and the length of time...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Fiberglass and cancer, fiberglass insulation, tiny fibers
fiberglass insulation, tiny fibers, congratulations on your pregnancy: Jennifer, The new fiberglass insulation will not allow any significant amount of fiberglass to escape. The hazard of fiberglass comes from the fact that it can form tiny fibers that irritate the lung. New fiberglass is less likely to form tiny fibers...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Fuel oil odor, ppm tlv, threshold limit value
ppm tlv, threshold limit value, local health department: Thank you for the question. The maximum allowable TLV for fuel oil is 15 ppm. TLV stands for threshold limit value and ppm stands for part per million. Basically you can safely be exposed to the TLV of 15 ppm or less for an 8 hour period and suffer no health...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Ladder safety, ladder safety, extension ladder
ladder safety, extension ladder, pros cons: Good question. What do you feel more comfortable doing? There are pros & cons for either way. My preference, which is what I tell my guys, is to hold it from the outside, while the worer clinmbs it and ties the ladder off to prevent it from falling. ...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Water Catchment Systems, water catchment systems, garden soils
water catchment systems, garden soils, tomato peppers: I am afraid there are way too many variables involved to give any specific predictions about what might happen to future levels of lead in the soil, Gail. Since lead tends to bind to soil components, I suspect that levels will increase over time, but the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Appropriate limits on pounds to be lifted by employee, ada regulations, wymer
ada regulations, wymer, prospective employee: Hi Dr. Wymer, Thanks for writing. OSHA does not impose regulations on height, age or weight of an employee regarding ergonomics. Legally, an employer must state the physical job demands in the interview process, so a prospective employee can weed him/herself...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: bathrooms, breaks, water and agreement, osha guidelines, osha standards
osha guidelines, osha standards, bathroom breaks: Subject: Bathrooms, breaks, water and agreement. Question: Hello Mike, today my mother shared with me that her place of employment held a meeting to inform it s employees of some new policies to go into effect immediately. She reported the following:...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Fiberglass Dust Safety Risks, pop rivits, fiberglass dust
pop rivits, fiberglass dust, squarefoot: Hi Todd, Are these condos in which people live? If yes, then I would recommend you tell the proposed new tenant that he needs to go find a garage to go build his machines in. Fiberglass dust is carcinogenic and epoxy fumes are also harmful. You could look...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Fiberglass Dust Safety Risks, insulation manufacturers, fiberglass dust
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Fiberglass Dust Safety Risks, insulation manufacturers, fiberglass dust, dust mask

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Inhalation of Blown Insulation, hotel car, extra money
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Inhalation of Blown Insulation, hotel car, extra money, screw

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: food and drinks in workarea with hazmat, toilet room, food and beverages
toilet room, food and beverages, 29cfr1910: It is hard to find. 29CFR 1910.141 (g) Consumption of food and beverages on the premises—(1) Application. This paragraph shall apply only where employees are permitted to consume food or beverages, or both, on the premises. (2) Eating and drinking...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: health and safety report, luck mike, frequency rate
luck mike, frequency rate, safety report: Sonia, I would be glad too. Look at your 100 or 200 log and find your injuries in each category. Look at your work hours for the time period you are reporting. Eliminate weekends, closed hours, holidays, and off time. Find your (factor) this is the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Inhalation of Blown Insulation, master bedroom closet, blown insulation
master bedroom closet, blown insulation, tall ladder: Subject: Inhalation of Blown Insulation Question: Mike, I have a unique situation that no one seems to have ever heard of before. I live in a new home, I moved into it on July 31st 2008. My dilemma is this.. I went to turn on my heat on Friday morning...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: mold, mold remediation, remediation industry
mold remediation, remediation industry, time scott: Scott, I doubt that mold survives treatment with strong bleach, which is part of the mrthod that I have used. That being said, I don t take any chances. First, I physically remove as much mold as possible. Second, I treat with strong bleach. Third, I...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: portable ladder, ladder, osha
ladder, osha, short period: Thank you for the question. OSHA requires the ladder be tied off when in use. When my crewa are setting up a ladder to use, one person is required to hold it while it is being secured at te top at the beginning of the usage, and then when they are through...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: reflective vests...necessary??, reflective safety vest, road construction projects
reflective safety vest, road construction projects, reflective vests: Thank you for the question. The reflective vests are required when working around heavy equipment or on road construction projects. There has been a trend the last 7 years for large general contractors to require all workers to wear reflective vests on...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Severity Rates, national safety council, osha recordable
national safety council, osha recordable, incident rate: Subject: Severity Rates Question: What is the OSHA practice for severity and frequency rates in case of Fatality/Total Disablement. The mandays for these are taken as 180 days max or as per ansi. Pl clarify Answer: Please excuse that some sarcasm may...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: slip and fall, personal injury attorney, osha web
personal injury attorney, osha web, wooden steps: Thank you for the follow up. Again, my recommendation is that you contact a personal injury attorney (Louisiana has an over-abundance) and let them pursue it. From what you have told me here, it appears you have a good case. THe owner should know better. ...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: storing areosol cans, chain link fencing, aerosol cans
chain link fencing, aerosol cans, fire alarm system: Pat, The exact procedure depends on your locale ordinances, which are based on one of three different national standards. However, I can give you some general guidelines that should comply with all three standards. If you have a separate flammable liquids...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Canvas buckets, osha website, plastic paint
osha website, plastic paint, lifting tools: Thank you for the question. I have searched the OSHA website and can find NO references to canvas buckets listed. However, when lifting tools and materials to an upper level, I recommend using a canvas bucket in good shape as the plastic paint style bucket...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: High Voltage Barrier, driven generator sets, gas turbine engine
driven generator sets, gas turbine engine, added precaution: Todd, Ideally, the load banks would be located in a separate room that is restricted to authorized personnel. The general rule for high-energy electrical equipment is that workers should keep away from it. Since an arc flash can cause serious injury...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Multiple Chemical Allergy and Extremely Low Frequency Radiation, osha office, chemical allergies
osha office, chemical allergies, osha regulations: Mary, You should contact your local OSHA office to ask this question. There are provisions under OSHA that require an employer to investigate a safety report, whether OSHA has existing regulations or not. In addition, OSHA can take action under the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Is the use of hard hats mandatory?, osha requirements, hard hats
osha requirements, hard hats, hardhats: Thank you for the question. Hardhats are mandatory for protection from overhead hazards as per 29CFR1926.100(a). In a lot of cases, the employer can and does require hardhat usage 100% of the time on construction sites whether or not there are actually...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Fall Protection, civil engineering department, osha requirements
civil engineering department, osha requirements, pound person: Not likely. I m sure there is no middle railing for one reason. Also, it s not just the wire that one needs to consider. How is the wire fastened at the ends? The bolts, clips, hooks, whatever they used -- also has to be capable of bearing the 200 pound...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Pushing/pulling limits using pallet jack
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Pushing/pulling limits using pallet jack

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Hospital wall standards, life safety code, wall hangings
life safety code, wall hangings, nfpa 101: Hi Tina, I m sorry it took me so long to see that you had written. I took a mini-vacation from my e-mail! There are no regulations against wall-hangings in hospitals. Most hospitals these days have the nurses mini-desks hanging on the walls -- the desks...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: MOD Rate, workers compensation claims, dollar losses
workers compensation claims, dollar losses, recordable injury: Subject: MOD Rate Question: What exactly does MOD rate stand for? My understanding is that my company s MOD rate is calculated using the amount of money spent AND reserved for treatment of o recordable injury. This reporting period we have a good year...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Office space requirements, osha requirement, room hope
osha requirement, room hope, perkinson: Dear Randy, I know that over the past years that cubicle size has been shrinking. I m not aware of any OSHA requirement but you might want to check with the local fire department as they do have requirements on the number of individuals that can be safely...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Pushing/pulling limits using pallet jack, pallet jack, friction force
pallet jack, friction force, mechanical aids: Subject: Pushing/pulling limits using pallet jack Question: I have a friend who delivers heavy pallets by the use of a pallet jack. He must push the pallets on to a hydraulic lift gate on his truck, lower the load and then push/pull it to a designated...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Removal and demolishing of mobile home, quality control processes, colorado department of public health
quality control processes, colorado department of public health, insulation samples: First, if I were you, I would take insulation samples of about a cubic inch and have a local lab test it. Put it in a ziploc bag. The cost should be nominal. Or...... you might have a local asbestos company come and take some samples. Then if they are negative,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: stucco in a spray can, material safety data, material safety data sheet
material safety data, material safety data sheet, safety data sheet: Subject: Stucco in a spray can Question: Can stucco in a spray can (nozzle on top like a can of whip cream) cause an asthma attack because of the strong fumes? Answer: Cathy – the short answer is yes there is such a potential. Where it gets complicated...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: What time is included in hours worked when calulating the OSHA rate?, lunch breaks, lunch hours
lunch breaks, lunch hours, incident rate: Subject: What time is included in hours worked when calculating the OSHA rate? Question: Does hours worked include lunch & breaks when figuring the OSHA rate? Answer: Stephanie – Technically, no this time should not count. From a practical stand point...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: cement, cement plant, cement industry
cement plant, cement industry, personal protective equipment: Subject: Cement Question: I am going to begin working in a cement plant in New Mexico. I have read a lot about industrial safety but I have never worked in this kind of industry. I am not sure what is more convenient for me: to read about general safety...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: cement, cement plant, safety orientation
cement plant, safety orientation, will find tons: Thank you for the question. THe short answer is both. You are on the right track. A good general knowledge of industrial safety is a must for your industry. But, you also need specific cement plant operations safety. I expect the plant will have a site...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: General Duty Clause, health program management, oregon osha
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: General Duty Clause, health program management, oregon osha, safety compliance

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA: Fall Protection on Portable Ladders, 29 cfr 1910, 29 cfr 1926
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA: Fall Protection on Portable Ladders, 29 cfr 1910, 29 cfr 1926, federal osha

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: General Duty Clause, political appointees, employment thanks
political appointees, employment thanks, duty clause: Subject: General Duty Clause Question: I have been told that OSHA has never cited anyone on the General Duty Clause Section 5(b). I know that Section 5(a) (1) of the General Duty Clause is cited often. My question is this; (if it is true that OSHA has never...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Does Industry First ladder safety device meet OSHA requirements, osha requirements, osha standards
osha requirements, osha standards, ladder safety: Thank you for this question. From what I see from the company s website advertisements, I do believe they meet the OSHA requirements. I cannot endorse a specific company s product, but I like what I see, and I will recommend to all my contractors that they...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA: Fall Protection on Portable Ladders, federal osha, construction regulations
federal osha, construction regulations, ladders: Subject: OSHA: Fall Protection on Portable Ladders Question: I was wondering if Federal OSHA requires fall protection for workers when they are work on portable ladders. The place that I am working at now falls under OSHA s general industry regulations...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Portable Ladder safety device and OSHA standards, ladder safety, osha standards
ladder safety, osha standards, type 1a: Subject: Portable Ladder safety device and OSHA standards Question: Can you please review the following two products and advise me whether they would meet the requirements of OSHA Standards 1926.1053(a)(1)(ii), 1926.1053(b)(8). 1. Safe T Climb ladder...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Recordable Injury Rate, incident rate, rir
incident rate, rir, michael brown: Subject: Recordable Incident Rate Question: I read the question on how to get the formula rate when figuring out the RIR. Is this correct? 1 incident rate X 200,000 divided by 19,000(hours) =0.01 Carol Answer: No. The Recordable Incident Rate...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Air temp in Office, air quality problems, frequent headaches
air quality problems, frequent headaches, air contaminants: Subject: Air temp in Office Question: My office (10x12) has a duct that pours out alternating hot/cold air. The temp at my desk swings from 69 deg to 80 deg and back every 15 to 20 minutes (been like this for months!). In addition to constant discomfort,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: animal feces and urine at the work place, workers compensation claims, occasional accidents
workers compensation claims, occasional accidents, animal feces: Given the circumstances I would contact a good attorney. An inspector could take the position that you are in part responsible for the situation. Don t expect this to be resolved easily - it may have gone on far too long. Michael Brown, CSP Retire...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: bleach concentrations in the laboratory, sodium hydrochloride, mild irritant
sodium hydrochloride, mild irritant, cytology laboratory: Hi James, There is no specific OSHA or EPA regulation that addresses air concentrations of calcium or sodium hydrochloride (bleach). The amount of calcium hydrochloride (most widely used) in air concentrations is in the 200 ppb (parts per billion) range...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: contamination?, asbestos fibers, basement windows
asbestos fibers, basement windows, car brake: Leah, Asbestos Abatement contractors use the plastic as a containment barrier and the plastic should be taped down and sealed if they are in the middle of working on the abatement. If they haven t started yet, then maybe the printed plastic is there...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: About copy machine, fedex kinko, annie annie
fedex kinko, annie annie, radiation emission: Annie, I don t know much about the radiatin emission from copiers. You could check the manufacturers web site. There is zome ozone emitted by copiers and laser printers. Make sure that the room has adequate ventilation, say 6 turn-overs per hour. ...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Air temp in Office, duty clause, temperature requirements
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Air temp in Office, duty clause, temperature requirements, osha

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: certifications, csp certification, american society of safety engineers
csp certification, american society of safety engineers, professional designation: Subject: certifications Question: Hello, I am considering a change in careers and am thinking about pursuing some certifications in the safety field. Could you please tell me the difference between a CSP and a licensed safety professional? I ve looking...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Drinking water from bathroom or mop sink, mop sink, open containers
mop sink, open containers, toilet room: Subject: Drinking water from bathroom or mop sink. Question: I saw that someone else had a similar question and saw your response regarding as long as it is safe from the tap it is fine. That being said can you please explain this portion of that section...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: certifications, bcsp, member dues
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: certifications, bcsp, member dues, safety community

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Drinking water from bathroom or mop sink, slush drink, household member
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Drinking water from bathroom or mop sink, slush drink, household member, tap water

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: first aid kit locations, best practices guide, first aid kit
best practices guide, first aid kit, osha requirements: Subject: First-Aid Kit Locations Question: In my workplace they lock the first-aid kit in a room where only two people have the key and you have to walk around to find them to open this room. Is this legal? Answer: Short response, locking away the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: One Recordable Injury or Two?, osha recordkeeping, recordable injury
osha recordkeeping, recordable injury, setting blocks: Subject: One Recordable Injury or Two? Question: An employee at my company was injured while unloading a sheet of glass off of a truck. While setting it down the employee missed the setting blocks and hit the corner of the glass sheet on the concrete floor...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: RIR/AFR, osha recordable injuries, national safety council
osha recordable injuries, national safety council, apples and oranges: Question: Mr. Brown - What is the differentiation between Recordable Injury Rate and Accident Frequency Rate ? Are they looking at the same data, are rates calculated the same (# x 200,000/hrs)? RIR looks at recordable & AFR looks at lost time? Answer:...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: roofing, rope pulley, reroof
rope pulley, reroof, safe lifting: Thank you for the question. My apologies for the delay in answering as I have been ill. There are no written regulations to my knowledge. However, it is safer to place them on the roof using booms.It is never safe to carry anything while climbing a ladder....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Drinking Water, drinking fountains, water question
drinking fountains, water question, break room: Subject: Drinking Water Question: My work recently enacted an instore policy prohibiting its associates from drinking bottled water while at their work stations. They told us that we can go to the public drinking fountains or use one of our two 15 min breaks...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: drinking water, fed agency, eating utensils
fed agency, eating utensils, safety manager: Question: Our employer (a Fed. agency) has been supplying bottled water for several years since our facility was tested for lead (and I accidently found out the results). This week they stopped buying the bottled water and at the present time, we don t even...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: drinking water and water fountains, assembly line work, drinking fountains
assembly line work, drinking fountains, water fountains: Question: Is there a requirement for the amount of water fountains per person, for light industrial assembly line work. It is a non air conditioned bldg. We are located in WPB, FL and it is hot. The employees feel one fountain is not enough and don t want...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: drinking water and water fountains, drinking fountains, public buildings
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: drinking water and water fountains, drinking fountains, public buildings, occupant

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Bachelor or Master's in Occupational Health?, bachelor of science degree, safety profession
bachelor of science degree, safety profession, occupational health and safety: Subject: Bachelor or Master s in Occupational Health? Question: Dear Michael, Thank you so much for your informative answer. How would you compare a Master s degree to a post graduate diploma in OHS? There seems to be a lot of post graduate degrees in the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Chromium Catalyst Exposure, safety protocols, personel
safety protocols, personel, catalyst: Subject: Chromium Catalyst Exposure Question: I work at a plastic refinery where there was a severe chromium catalyst leak that released anywhere from 100lbs. to 200lbs. of catalyst into the air, from what some operators have confirmed. However, plant...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: engin oil odor, workers compensation insurance, certified industrial hygienist
workers compensation insurance, certified industrial hygienist, material safety data: Subject: Engine Oil Odor Question: Is it a hazard to work in a shop which has a strong engine oil based odor? My friend does not believe it is - I disagree. Who is right? Thank you – Marianne Answer: I apologize but I cannot answer this question. There...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Flame Arresters, flame arrester, flame arresters
flame arrester, flame arresters, process safety management: Joe, Every flame arrester is different. You should ask the manufacturer these questions. I don t know of any regulation or standard. However, the OSHA Process Safety Management regulations would be a good guide. Check out this web page: http://www.elmactechnologies.com/flamearresters/installmaintenance.html...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: infection control cross contamination, cross contamination, us dept of agriculture
cross contamination, us dept of agriculture, dietary manager: Hi David, I was just made aware that I had a question pending. I m so sorry for the delay! May I refer you to the US Dept. of Agriculture on the use of hair nets. Another organization you may find helpful as they are heavy-duty lobbyists for food safety...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA Incident Rate, osha recordables, incident rates
osha recordables, incident rates, incident rate: Don, Again, thank ou for the questions. Since you have a lot of concerns about incident rates and OSHA, I highly recommend you visit OSHA s website at www.osha.gov They have a wealth of informaion, and should be able to give you the specifics for...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: water fountain in workplace, water fountains, hazardous chemicals
water fountains, hazardous chemicals, water fountain: Question: Hi Mike, we have 2 water fountains in the production floor where chemicals are used for water treatment. Is it safe to drink water from water fountain in such work environment? Answer: It should be safe as long as chemicals used in the production...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Should he have worn gloves?, private outpatient facility, worn gloves
private outpatient facility, worn gloves, healthcare issues: Hi Megan, Do I think he should have worn gloves? Yes. Should his hands be clean? Yes. Did he put you at risk? Probably not. Your concern certainly warrants a telephone call and/or letter to the director of the facility. I wouldn t hesitate to do...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Arsenic in drinking water and vegetables, west bengal india, arsenic contamination
west bengal india, arsenic contamination, arsenic in drinking water: Hi Yasser, I m sorry that this has to be a concern for you. You can order arsenic water testing kits online from several different vendors and they are inexpensive ranging from $15.00 and up. Unfortunately, removing arsenic from water would not be something...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Arsenic in drinking water and vegetables, west bengal india, arsenic contamination
west bengal india, arsenic contamination, arsenic in drinking water: The only way to do arsenic at home is to purchase test kits. These are available from many companies, but two examples are given. You would need to check availability in your area. There are no simple home tests. http://www.acustrip.com/specs/specs481396.html...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Asbestos Shingles, asbestos shingles, asbestos abatement
asbestos shingles, asbestos abatement, asbestos dust: Cyn, Well, I m sure a CT Scan wouldn t ever hurt.....but I doubt it will be deemed medically necessary. When I worked in the asbestos testing lab, I was monitored yearly and a general health check was performed. You might contact an occupational testing...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: bat in attic at place of employment, compensation insurance carrier, bat feces
compensation insurance carrier, bat feces, public health office: Question: I am an employee of a dental office where we have a lot of bats and bat feces in the attic. What kind of health hazard is this to me and who should we contact to get the problem resolved. My employer has contacted the landlord about this and he...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: chlorine pool tablets/ safety hazards, chlorine pool, chlorine tablet
chlorine pool, chlorine tablet, chlorine tablets: Thomas, There aren t an OSHA regulations that require safeguards in these two situations. However, it sounds like your workplace would benefit from improved ventilation in the enclosed room. Chlorine tablets have an irritating odor that dissipates with...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Feces and urine in construction clean-up, drip torch, ammonia smell
drip torch, ammonia smell, personal protective equipment: Subject: Feces and urine in construction clean-up Question: I recently went to bid on a job on a bank foreclosure and when I opened the lock box and entered the residence I was confronted with a horrible scene there is feces and garbage piled in the house...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: chlorine pool tablets/ safety hazards, ladder safety, respiratory protection
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: chlorine pool tablets/ safety hazards, ladder safety, respiratory protection, work environment

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: incident rates, claim management, emr
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: incident rates, claim management, emr, driving safety

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Pandemic Flu Plan for Residential Substance Abuse Tx Center, pandemic influenza plan, pandemic influenza planning
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Pandemic Flu Plan for Residential Substance Abuse Tx Center, pandemic influenza plan, pandemic influenza planning, local health department

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: first aid kits, first aid kit, osha website
first aid kit, osha website, first aid kits: My apologies for the delay in answering - I have had some medical issues to attend to. There are some lists on the OSHA website (www.osha.gov), and several first aid kit manufacturers have lists that come with their kits. I recommend you visit the OSHA...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Galvanized metal hazards, zinc silicate, zinc salts
zinc silicate, zinc salts, gas kiln: Carol, Galvanized metal contain mostly zinc metal over steel. Glazes can contain zinc salts such as zinc oxide or zinc silicate. The zinc salts will not vaporize as easily as zinc metal at kiln temperatures. The zinc metal vapors and fumes are...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Glass Dust from Sanding, showcase displays, fibrous glass
showcase displays, fibrous glass, niosh pocket guide: Subject: Glass Dust from Sanding Question: The company that I work for has a division that cuts, bevels, and polishes glass for department store showcase displays and tables. A concern was brought up about one of the processes where they have an employee...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: hard hats, residential construction projects, hard hats
residential construction projects, hard hats, having computer: Thank you for the question.For example, are there employers working below the roofers? Are electricians working below the guys installing the rafters? Is there a possibility of something falling from above that can hit someone below? If the answer is yes,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: incident rates, construction trade association, experience modification rate
construction trade association, experience modification rate, hazard industries: Subject: Incident Rates Question: There are many clients that have established a maximum EMR. That said in construction what is an acceptable threshold on the recordable incident rate? Answer: Most likely you will not like or accept my answer but here...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Pandemic Flu Plan for Residential Substance Abuse Tx Center, pandemic flu, pandemic flu plan
pandemic flu, pandemic flu plan, county health department: Hi Nancy, Boy, what a crummy neighbor you have in that hospital! I m just shocked! N95 s have to be fit tested. It is part of the standard. It s as simple as that. Do you have other residential rehab facilities in your locale with whom you share...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Safety issues cleaning dog kennel, osha regulations, kennel cough
osha regulations, kennel cough, industrial hygiene: Subject: Safety issues cleaning dog kennel Question: My daughter works in a dog kennel which she has spent the last two weeks disinfecting due to an epidemic of kennel cough. The owner has the employees use bleach followed by vinegar. From what I just...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: safety incident cost awareness, national safety council, workers compensation claims
national safety council, workers compensation claims, accident costs: Subject: Safety Incident Cost Awareness Question: How do I make employees aware of the financial cost of the safety incidents that occur at our company. Answer: There are several methods to do this. I prefer a simple, basic approach. I assume that...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: attic work on hot days, globe thermometer, stress position
globe thermometer, stress position, stress issues: Thank you for the question. I apologize for the delay in answering as I have been traveling. It is all about heat stress. OSHA General Industry standards address heat stress issues. Basically, there has to be a work / rest periods depending on the WBGT...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: eutector 157 flux, sweet taste in my mouth, sinus congestion
sweet taste in my mouth, sinus congestion, dry mouth and throat: Hi Marlene, If I were you I would do two things very quickly. #1. Report this to your supervisor as an illness due to your job. #2. Asked to be seen by your company Physician. Once that is done, request an MSDS sheet for the flux. Read it carefully,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Garbage Hazards, cat feces, garbage juice
cat feces, garbage juice, diesel mechanic: Subject: Garbage Hazards Question: Thanks again for the recommendations. Prior to receiving your response, my husband did in fact speak to his supervisor directly. The union rep was also concerned and spoke to the supervisor. The truck has since been...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: hardhats, osha rules, scissorlift
osha rules, scissorlift, demo work: Thank you for this question. Basically, OSHA says that hardhats are required when there are hazards that can hit you in the head. Most companies will allow you to not wear a hardhat if there is overhead protection provided, such as the operator s cage on...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Insualtion, asbestos abatement contractors, rubber gloves
asbestos abatement contractors, rubber gloves, trash bags: Well......you have to find out what kind of insulation it is before anyone can determine if it is a hazard. Since we don t know, I cannot say if it will be a hazard or not. Here is the best thing to do...if anyone is concerned about the material having...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: insulation in mobile homes, mobile home park, interior paneling
mobile home park, interior paneling, city hal: Well, I am an expert on asbestos. Yes, there is asbestos in some insulations, but I sure can t say if there is any in that insulation. If you have concerns about asbestos being in the air from that insulation, then someone needs to take a small amount of...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA 500/501, osha standards, job descriptions
osha standards, job descriptions, michael brown: Subject: OSHA 500/501 Question: Hello - I have been out of the safety business for several years. Several job descriptions that I have seen recently have asked for OSHA certifications, particularly OSHA 500/501. What do these certifications cover, or...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: sewer systems in apartments, vent pipes, army navy
vent pipes, army navy, navy base: Yes, it can be true. All systems are fitted with traps and vent pipes, even in a house. These fumes will be foul, not the best for you, but they rarely get to the point of toxic . You would probably move long before that. What you can do is talk to the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: weight, straight forward answers, compliance agencies
straight forward answers, compliance agencies, heavy crates: Subject: Weight Question: Is there a formula to figure out how many people it takes to move large heavy crates? Answer: Yes, there are formulas that are used to determine safe lifting “levels”. However, they are very complicated and will vary from situation...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Flooding in my apt., n95 mask, legal recourse
n95 mask, legal recourse, welfare check: Hi Sarah, You have a few issues you re dealing with here! Let s start with the lady upstairs...if you truly believe she lives alone and can t care for herself, you can call the local police to do a welfare check. They will visit her, look around her apt.,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: hard hats, prestressed concrete industry, stocking caps
prestressed concrete industry, stocking caps, osha requirement: I would like to know what your bosses are thinking. I know of NO OSHA requirement that prohibits the wearing of hoods or stocking caps beneath the hardhat. In fact, there are several models on the market (Hoods) that attach to the inside of the hardhat...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Subdue and/or Restrain a person, oregon osha, osha web
oregon osha, osha web, federal osha: Question: Do you have information on the maximum weight one person should subdue and/or restrain an individual in a correctional institution? Answer: No – I am unaware of any additional information regarding correctional institutions. Perhaps there is...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: program, safety profession, program question
safety profession, program question, ilness: Subject: Program Question: Dear Friend..could (it) be said that the first thing you must do when you want to avoid accidents and illnesses in a workplace anywhere in the world, is to prepare a health and safety program? Thanks for your help. Answer:...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Recordable vs reportable incidents, reportable incident, federal criteria
reportable incident, federal criteria, fire vehicle: Subject: Recordable vs. reportable incidents Question: I am kind of confused between a recordable incident and a reportable incident. What is/are the difference(s)? Answer: Benson - A “recordable incident” is one that meets the OSHA criteria regarding...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: safety, contingency plans, polan
contingency plans, polan, severe weather: Chinedu, What kind of work site is it? There are several types of contingency plans that OSHA requires for construction sites that are different from general sites. Contingency plans can be required for spills, fires, even severe weather. I also need...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: tucked in work shirts, nylon jackets, wood veneers
nylon jackets, wood veneers, quality department: Subject: Tucked-in Work Shirts Question: My plant has introduced a new rule of tucking in our company issued shirts (short sleeve button down standard food industry type shirt) and it seems to me that if it where to get caught in a moving part...which shouldn...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Babys and copy machines, michael brown, csp
michael brown, csp, babys: Subject: Babies and copy machines Question: Someone I know photocopied their 2 month old infant. She says she covered her eyes, but I think this is dangerous. What do you think? Answer: Cathy, there is an old saying – “You can’t cure Stupid!” I would...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: cna's and lifting, occupational safety and health, tobacco growers
occupational safety and health, tobacco growers, institute of occupational safety and health: Subject: Cna s and lifting Question: Is there a limitation of the amount of weight we as cna s are allowed to lift (we lift people) especially if they are not able to bear total weight. Answer: This will not be much help, I apologize, There are far...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Extension Ladder Set-up, parapet wall, oregon osha
parapet wall, oregon osha, extension ladder: Subject: Extension Ladder Set-up Question: I set up an extension ladder against the side of a building. It was only 1 foot above the edge because of a 24 inch parapet wall on the other side. The ladder was properly tied off. In an OSHA class I took I...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Mechanical rigging, drive chains, chain hoists
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Mechanical rigging, drive chains, chain hoists, nuclear project

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Hard Hat liners, hat liners, hard hat
hat liners, hard hat, tuque: Tanya, The issue is that the hardhat manufacturer did not test the hard hat with any liner other than the ones they provide. The government requires that the manufacturer certify that the hard hat meets certain standards of protection. Check with the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: hazzards from lazer machine, cause health problems, cnc machine shop
cause health problems, cnc machine shop, laser machine: Hi Roberta, Happy New Year! Can you provide me with additional information like what type of laser machine, the size, frequency, etc? I want to give you a correct answer, but I don t want to guess or give you a general answer without knowing your specifics....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Incident rate for a small location, flammable liquids, incident rate
flammable liquids, incident rate, incident rates: Subject: Incident rate for a small location Question: Hi Mike, I have read your answer and I’m sure you are the one who can help me. About the incident rates, we are a chemical company with presence in 12 countries, and we have some facilities in a same...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Industry Standards, osha log, recordable injuries
osha log, recordable injuries, incident rate: Subject: Industry Standards Question: Sir, what is the correct formula for calculating the industry standard for total recordable injury cases and total lost workday cases involving 200,000 man hours worked per year for a company with 600 employees. Thank...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Mechanical rigging, safe work practices, industrial construction
safe work practices, industrial construction, rigging: Thank you for this question. I am on the road away from my reference library, so I am unable to give you a complete answer. However, I can recommend two places for you to look for the answer. 1 - the come-along manufacturer s website, which will contain...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: near proximity, several letters, michael brown
several letters, michael brown, osha: Subject: Near Proximity Question: In 1910.151 is speaks of near proximity . How does OSHA define this phrase? Answer: Cary - the following will link you to several letters of interpretation issued by OSHA which address the issue of “Near Proximity”...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA Formula, sprains strains, osha recordable
sprains strains, osha recordable, osha log: Subject: OSHA Formula Question: How do you work out the OSHA Formula for accidents, incidents, near misses etc? Answer: Kevin, I am assuming that the OSHA formula you are referring to is the one used in the calculation of the “OSHA Incident Rate”. It...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Action Level for Total Particulate (dust), no Action Limit, for Total Dust
no Action Limit, for Total Dust, if nuisance: You are absolutely correct on the PEL for a nuisance/inert dust, 15 mg/m^3. There is no Action Level for total particulate, given its an inert or nuisance dust. All inert or nuisance whether mineral, inorganic, or organic, not listed specifically by substance...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Can CNA use Transfer Board ??, wheel chair, cna
wheel chair, cna, fot: Hi Cynthia, I apologize for being so late with my answer. I recently experienced two deaths in the family. If I were you, I would not be comfortable with one female using a transfer board on your 250 lb father. That is a tragedy waiting to happen. ...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Condensation/Depostion, hurricane katrina, depostion
hurricane katrina, depostion, unit apartment: Thank you for this question. I am NOT an expert on enviromental issues, however as a Hurricane Katrina survivor, I can tell you that moisture on the walls, especially sheetrock, concerns me because of mold. I recommend you contact the local housing authority...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Condensation /Mold /Mildew, ill health effects, mold mildew
ill health effects, mold mildew, consumer protection agency: Hello a.d. tellis, Thank you very much for writing about a very important topic. Yes, mold, mildew and wet walls can cause ill health effects. There are many different kinds of mold. Some are more toxic and some less, so you don t know what you re dealing...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Electric lights, christmas tree decorations, many blessings
christmas tree decorations, many blessings, christmas lights: Hi Erick, Thanks for the follow up question. I really want to try to put your mind at ease. Even in the scenario you describe, I suppose there is a very, very slight risk, BUT, we expose ourselves to more toxicants just by living! So, again, I want you...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Extension Cord Guage, nfpa 70, national electrical code
nfpa 70, national electrical code, flexible cords: I feel your pain. Are you the senior site safety rep? Or, as I suspect, there is someone else that is senior & actually running the whole site? I staff many construction sites with safety reps, both at the contractor & client levels. I tell my safety...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Osha requiremewnts at tank top, cheese grater, sticker shock
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Osha requiremewnts at tank top, cheese grater, sticker shock, steel floor

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: my family has heavy metal poisoning, stomach cramping symptoms, arsenic levels
stomach cramping symptoms, arsenic levels, toxic metals: Hi Nohealani, I m sorry it has taken me so long to write. I m REALLY sorry about your situation! I would suggest you contact an industrial hygienist in your area who can perform air, soil and water testing for you. My recommendation, if you can...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: LTA / Med Aid Stats, canadian forest products, forest products industry
canadian forest products, forest products industry, time accident: Subject: LTA / Med Aid Stats Question: Morning Mike, with regards to tracking of days since last Lost Time Accident and Last Medical Aid, if an employee had a medical aid that later turned into a Lost Time Accident does the number of days since last medical...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Osha requiremewnts at tank top, ground storage tank, industrial stairs
ground storage tank, industrial stairs, osha requirements: Alex, If they use the tank top as a working area, then they will need a lot more than a handrail. The OSHA requirements for working/walking surfaces apply. They will need a standard railing with two horizontal bars and a toeboard. Also, OSHA requires...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: paint fume hazards, early intervention program, metallic taste in my mouth
early intervention program, metallic taste in my mouth, mental health clinic: Greetings: Yes, oil paint fumes can be toxic to people. They should only be used in a well-ventilated area. If you can smell it you should check into renting industrial fans. The oil paints contain turpentine and certain colors contain other dangerous...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Safety when working in the air, construction safety standards, 29 cfr 1910
construction safety standards, 29 cfr 1910, osha guidelines: Thank you for this question. Yes, the operator is required to stay on the truck with positive control at ANY time there is a raised load on the forks, no matter if it is material or people. OSHA has a whole section devoted to forklift safety in the 29 CFR...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: company's contractors accidents, back strains, osha requirements
back strains, osha requirements, incident rate: Subject: Company s contractor’s accidents Question: Hi mike, recently our company s contractors accident rate raised, we as a safety dept. trying to take company s contractors accidents into account when calculating our company s accidents frequency rate,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: contractors accidents FR, manhours, frequency rate
manhours, frequency rate, question thanks: Again, my apologies for the delay, the desert strikes again with no reception. I refer you to 29CFR1926 Subpart B & 29 CFR 1904 - both discuss the multi-employer rule. As I understand if you control / direct any of the work your subcontractor is performing,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Environmental Risks, nuclear power plants, chemical factories
nuclear power plants, chemical factories, railway stations: Dear Abhishek, You are wise to consider the ill effects of what you breathe in living and working around these types of industries. Realistically, everyone who is breathing (and that s a good thing!) has accepted some risk. The air is not clean in these...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Environmental Risks, nuclear power plants, visibility operation
nuclear power plants, visibility operation, chemical factories: Subject: Environmental Risks Question: Mr. Brown, my question is: What are the chances of a person living in the proximity of railway stations, airports, chemical factories, nuclear power plants, etc. falling victim to disease(s) due to the polluting environment...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Flam cabinet grounding, flammable storage cabinet grounding, grounding rod
flammable storage cabinet grounding, grounding rod, conduit grounding: Barry, You are absolutely correct in the statement that flammable storage cabinets do not have to be grounded unless a flammable liquid will be dispensed from the cabinet or the local authorities having jurisdiction say they do need to be grounded....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: fall arrest, crane boom, overhead cranes
crane boom, overhead cranes, daily basis: Many thanks for the questions. My apologies for the delay in the answer, but I have been tied up on a project without any internet service. Question # 1: When using 100% fall arrest system, as on a crane boom, you should clip on above youe head, then unclip...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: fiberglass dust
Hi Jack, You want to stop this immediately! Fiberglass is GLASS and that s what you are putting directly into your lungs. You may not suffer ill effects immediately, but in a short while you could develop a life-threatening disease. In order to protect...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lifting limits, osha niosh, functional capacity evaluations
osha niosh, functional capacity evaluations, retirement age: Subject: Lifting limits Question: Hi Mike. I m an Occupational Therapist preparing my facility to perform Functional Capacity Evaluations. I ve spent a bazillion hours online with OSHA & NIOSH to find out where the 50#s came from. I ve seen the equation...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: ladder extension, knot work, extension ladder
knot work, extension ladder, safety question: Thank you for this question. Without seeing the configuration of your ladder, I think the fastest solution to help you would be to advise you to go to your local Home Depot, Lowe s or other hardware or home building supply store & look at what they have...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: lost manhours calculation, incident rate, manhours
incident rate, manhours, question michael: Subject: Lost man-hours calculation Question: Could you please advise me on how to calculate lost man hours/days in case of a fatality in a construction site. Answer: If you are talking about the standard Incident Rate calculations in both cases the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Requirements of 29CFR 1910.331-335, handout material, subject requirements
handout material, subject requirements, time and place: Subject: Requirements of 29CFR 1910.331-335 Question: If I give my employees online training in a classroom setting will this meet the requirements of 29CFR section 1910.331-335 and if so, how should it be documented? Answer: James, on-line training...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: vermiculite, occupational health clinic, asbestos related disease
occupational health clinic, asbestos related disease, lung conditions: Please do not be panicky or frantic about this. (You are getting a survey? I wonder what type of survey.) For certain, all vermiculite does NOT contain asbestos. I have tested it and found asbestos sometimes, and other times have found none. If you are wet-wiping....and...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Water catchment from a slate roof, water catchment, slate roof
water catchment, slate roof, industrial hygienist: Hi Sally, My sister is named Sally! First, I d like to apologize for being so tardy with my response. I have been ill and in hospital. Now, in order to fully answer your question, I will need more information. Is this a temporary situation? Is the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Asbestos in textured ceiling, transmission electron microscope, danger risk
transmission electron microscope, danger risk, textured ceiling: Hi, I know that some labs report less than 1% asbestos as trace in their reports, and some report it as non detected. It is such a small amount, please do NOT worry about it and spend more money on tests. And the guy is wrong about TEM.....Transmission...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Days witout a time lost accident, time loss, safety professionals
time loss, safety professionals, michael brown: Subject: Days without a time lost accident Question: When I calculate days without a time lost accident should this be based on a seven day week? We work some Saturdays, never Sundays. Is one year without time loss accident based on 365 days or should...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Desk / Monitors Leading to Eye Strain and Neck Pain?, purse strings, career question
purse strings, career question, job dissatisfaction: Question: Hi there. I currently work as a video editor which requires a lot of close examination of my work. I have noticed over the past few months that when I leave work, my head, neck, lower back and eyes are killing me. I feel like the angle, distance...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: First Aid Kit, osha approved first aid kit, blood borne pathogens
osha approved first aid kit, blood borne pathogens, first aid kit: Subject: First Aid Kit Question: What is the list of first aid kit items in S.O.S (Scheduled Oil Sampling) Fluid Analysis Laboratory? Answer: You will find that the requirements for an “OSHA Approved” First Aid Kit are in the same category as “How High...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Office Lighting, office lighting, iesna
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Office Lighting, office lighting, iesna

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA/Marine Construction, water line, railing
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA/Marine Construction, water line, railing, barge

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Medical Case Management, medical case management, osha recordable
medical case management, osha recordable, necessary medical treatment: Subject: Medical Case Management Question: Mr. Brown, I am writing to ask if you have any suggestions for improving treatment management of occupationally-related injuries. Due to the nature of our business, our employees travel to different work sites...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: mined chrysotile vs. commercial (home) chrysotile, transmission electron microscope, milling process
transmission electron microscope, milling process, asbestos testing: Amy, I am an asbestos bulk and air lab expert. This question might be better answered by a minerologist. But I will make some comments here. After testing thousands and thousands of samples in my lifetime, I found no detectable residual tremolite...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Office Lighting, desk lamps, foot candles
desk lamps, foot candles, office lighting: Dear Mark, If you cannot comfortably see well enough to read or perform your job task, the company is noncompliant. It really is that simple. I wish you the best of luck. Sounds like your company is trying to save some money! All my best, Sand...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA/Marine Construction, marine construction, offshore marine
marine construction, offshore marine, flotation devices: Thank you for the question. I have been on vacation, so please accept my apologies for the delay in answering. I worked in the offshore marine construction for several years, however I would like to research this prior to giving you a definitive answer....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Safety vest requirements for commerical lawn care, safety vest, road crews
safety vest, road crews, traffic areas: Thank you for the question. My apologies for the delay in answering as I have been on the road traveling. The reason you see some grounds keepers wearing the high visibily vests is because of being next to traffic areas. Osha addresses this in 29CFR1926...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: TRIR and LTIR objectives, LTIR TRIR
LTIR TRIR: Sanou, I am assuming you mean electrical power plant generation your NAICS code would be 3.7 for average TRIR for 50 - 250 employees. For TRIR for electrical power generation the following rates apply for all sizes of employers 2.7 TRIR and LTIR would...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: urgent questions, industrial accident investigation, occupational health safety
industrial accident investigation, occupational health safety, entry level position: Hi Ahmed, Question ###: Yes, List every course that involves your safety training. Use that toward the ASSE certificate. Q-6: Your engineering degree should get you a basic certificate. Read the list of qualifications very carefully, I am sure you will qualify...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: urgent questions, industrial accident investigation, health risk assessment
industrial accident investigation, health risk assessment, occupational health safety: 1. An entry level position that requires no experience usually at least requires some type of degree in safety or some type of safety certification. 2. I am a CSP you can get information on how to become a CSP at this website http://www.bcsp.org/ You must...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: working in and around landfills, blue jeans and leather, orosha
blue jeans and leather, orosha, safety person: Donn, Thanks for the great question! The first place you can look for information on the PPE needed is through your company s safety personnel. The safety person should have done a hazard assessment as required by the OSHA PPE standards. If no safety...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: ASBESTOS IN THE LUNGS, chest x ray, lung specialist
chest x ray, lung specialist, definitive diagnosis: Hi Kathy, A lung specialist can see asbestosis on a chest x-ray, although, he/she is correct in that they can t tell PRECISELY. A CT scan will also show it. The reason they can see it so easily is that the placques that develop in the lungs are made of...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: asbestos tiles, asbestos tiles, asbestos fibers
asbestos tiles, asbestos fibers, health hazard: Asbestos tiles are only a health hazard if they become friable . This is the term used in the industry to indicate that a building material has become soft and crumbly. It would be somewhat like a hard cookie crumbling. I would not think that water...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: what classes do i take?, osha requirements, forest products industry
osha requirements, forest products industry, tilt up construction: Subject: What classes do I take? Question: I am a young student interested in public safety and would like to work for OSHA someday as a jobsite inspector. What classes should I take to acquire the skills to apply and possibly work for OSHA? Thank you for...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: First Aid Cabinets, occupational safety and health standards, first aid kit
occupational safety and health standards, first aid kit, gauze pads: Hi Fran, This is a great question that has been the buzz for several years. The short answer is that OSHA does not list medications of any kind to be put in a kit. The exact wording is: First-aid Kits (Mandatory). - 1910.266 App A Regulations (Standards...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: First Aid Kits, ansi z308, osha 200 log
ansi z308, osha 200 log, first aid kit: Subject: First Aid Kits Question: Hello, I ve worked for my company for years now as the claims manager, and recently I ve been given the responsibility to chair the safety committee as well. To be honest, before this there wasn t much of a safety standard...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: First Aid Cabinets, safety office
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: First Aid Cabinets, safety office

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: lost workdays, work related injury, vacation days
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: lost workdays, work related injury, vacation days, calendar days

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Galvanized steel, metal fume fever, personal protective equipment
metal fume fever, personal protective equipment, medicine doctor: Thank you for your question. Without knowing what your father s health condition is, I can say that without proper personal protective equipment, he did have a chance for exposure to excessive fumes. THis is much like welders welding on galvanized steel,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: injuries from handling firehose, workers compensation claim, national fire protection
workers compensation claim, national fire protection, national fire protection association: Subject: Injuries from handling fire hose Question: I can t seem to find any data about injuries firefighters incur from rolling, lifting and otherwise handling fire hoses. I know that back injuries account for 30% of total firefighter injuries. And non-emergency...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: lead in drinking water, juvenile correctional facility, osha guidelines
juvenile correctional facility, osha guidelines, lead in drinking water: Subject: Lead in drinking water Question: I work in a juvenile correctional facility. We recently were presented with a memo telling us there are higher than EPA limits of lead in our drinking water. We were told that we should run the cold water for...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: lead, toilet paper roll, toy recall
toilet paper roll, toy recall, environmental specialist: Hi Jade, Unfortunately, you can t judge lead content by the color. You can order some testing kits online and test your toys yourself, or you can hire an environmental specialist to test them for you. I think the most important step to take is to make...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: lost workdays, time accident, workdays
time accident, workdays, friday saturday sunday: Subject: Lost Workdays Question: Dear Sir, if any lost time accident happened on Friday evening & reported on same day , then how can we calculate lost workdays or Saturday & Sunday is included in lost days or not. Answer: I’m not sure I understand your...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: No water, forestry operations, water question
forestry operations, water question, field crews: Subject: No water Question: How long can a work place stay open without running water, even if they are shuttling you to a place that has it. Answer: Tina, the obligation of the employer is to make drinking water which meets the current standards available....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: work related injuries, osha laws, weight restriction
osha laws, weight restriction, return to work programs: Subject: Work related injuries Question: So I was wondering under OSHA if you have been put on a weight restriction due to a work related injury. Can you still work? I work in a service center for their parts department. I got hurt yesterday and was placed...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Baseline & annual hearing tests, hearing loss claim, hearing tests
hearing loss claim, hearing tests, course of a day: Subject: Baseline & annual hearing tests Question: Good Morning, the way 29CFR1910.95 reads, it caters to a static workplace where the noise is continuous and more or less repeatable. Our field service guys in the course of a day go from airplane to plant...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: bpa, aquafina water bottles, object material
aquafina water bottles, object material, cute child: Hi Jade, I m so glad you feel comfortable writing to me! BPA has a very low toxicity. Your cute child could eat the whole bottle and not suffer consequences from the bpa, but rather be sick from the plastic and foreign object material in the stomach. ...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Calculating OSHA Accident Frequency Rate, occupational accidents, frequency rate
occupational accidents, frequency rate, osha: Thank you for this question. My apologies for the delay in answering as I have been away from my computer. Accident Frequency Rate = Death & Injuries resulting from occupational accidents divided by total number of hours worked times 1 million hours....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Compressed air for cleaning of machines, proper eye protection, vinod kumar
proper eye protection, vinod kumar, safety relief: Subject: Compressed air for cleaning of machines Question: Dear Sir, Can compressed air be used for cleaning of all machinery parts? If yes then what is the minimum pressure for cleaning. Thanks , Vinod Kumar, Safety-Officer Answer: Your concerns...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: cellulose insulation, heavy metal poisoning, cellulose insulation
heavy metal poisoning, cellulose insulation, voc s: Hi Dawn, Sorry I took so long to answer. If you got metal poisoning it wouldn t have been from the cellulose insulation. Cellulose is made up primarily of ripped up newspaper. Could you perhaps be allergic to the ink on the paper? The reason I ask is...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Disposal of empty aerosol cans, empty aerosol cans, waste management company
empty aerosol cans, waste management company, epa oversight: Hi James, It s great that you re thinking about this! It isn t OSHA oversight, but rather an EPA oversight. You can contact your local waste management company and they will tell you how to correctly dispose of aerosol cans. Your question doesn t tell...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: environmenthazard management consultancy, waste management projects, waste management company
waste management projects, waste management company, compliance agencies: Well, I am an asbestos expert...but I also happen to know that there are companies and consultants that can handle hazard/waste management projects or issues. I have worked for these types of companies. They can provide services called Environmental Audits...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: cellulose insulation, cellulose insulation, nice stuff
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: cellulose insulation, cellulose insulation, nice stuff, chromium

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Disposal of empty aerosol cans, aerosol cans, accumulation time
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Disposal of empty aerosol cans, aerosol cans, accumulation time, universal waste

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Recordable injuries, licensed health care, loss of consciousness
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Recordable injuries, licensed health care, loss of consciousness, iv medical

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Injury Frequency, Injury Severity and LWDR, liquid waste disposal, osha 200 log
liquid waste disposal, osha 200 log, injury severity: Hi Hector, Are you talking about Liquid Waste Disposal Regulations? Secondly, without going into a 4 hour discussion on the calculation, try this link: http://www.iapa.ca/Main/documents/awards/pa_injury_frqncy_wrksht.pdf That is probably going to be your...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lost Time, safety person, time accident
safety person, time accident, back injuries: Hi Deanna, The short answer is NO. It would be the same as getting a cold and going home. If you are a safety person, or a manager, you really need to place a policy that says that All Back Injuries go to the doctor, or first med system for documentation....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: portable ladder, tank floor, top of the ladder
tank floor, top of the ladder, pipe plug: Subject: portable ladder Question: Any advice on securing a portable straight ladder to the inside wall of a 20 diameter tank. Our task is to insert a pipe plug into a drain line that comes down inside the tank and is about 15 feet up from the bottom of...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Recordable injuries, osha standards, recordable injury
osha standards, recordable injury, recordable injuries: Subject: Recordable injuries Question: What is the definition of a recordable injury as per OSHA standards. Medical aid with treatment? Lost time? Medical aid no treatment? I would like to know how to record the injuries for statistical purposes. Answer:...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Safe Drinking Water, safe drinking water, toilet room
safe drinking water, toilet room, toxic material: The first applicable is that if you have the job of determining hazards, you can just declare the sink off limits for drinking, no questions asked. Second is 1910.141(g)(2) Eating and drinking areas. No employee shall be allowed to consume food or beverages...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Steel Structure Anti-Rust Paint, luck mike, steel structure
luck mike, steel structure, metal content: Hi Qing, I am unaware of any paint spec s that are required by OSHA. The customer (Yours) would be responsible for the specs by how it is used. Such as employee contact, fire resistance, etc, etc. OSHA may not control what paint you use. (To my knowledge).You...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: weight lifting requirements, home improvement company, cataract surgery
home improvement company, cataract surgery, good shape: Subject: Weight Lifting Requirements Question: My primary job is computer graphics doing kitchen design for a home improvement company. When I started working in this capacity approx 5 yrs ago the application apparently indicated the ability to lift 200...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: 3rd party safety companies, party safety, safety companies
party safety, safety companies, cheap substitute: Subject: 3rd party safety companies Question: What is your opinion of 3rd party safety companies which offer customers complete screening and auditing of contractors for a fee and also charge a fee for the contractors to submit their safety information?...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: COPY MACHINE HAZARD?, cause health, ventilated area
cause health, ventilated area, excessive heat: SUBJECT: Copy Machine Hazard? QUESTION: My co-worker works about 2 away from a large Savin copy machine. We have noticed a strong odor (toner) and excessive heat radiating from it. The owner’s manual mentions that it needs to be placed in a well ventilated...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Copy/printer machines, air quality issues, copy printers
air quality issues, copy printers, copy printer: http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_iii/otm_iii_2.html#2 (Scroll down to the section on ozone) http://www.aerias.org/DesktopModules/ArticleDetail.aspx?articleId=89&spaceid= http://www.green.ca.gov/EPP/OfficeMach/copiers.htm#air http://www.workershealth.com.au/facts011.htm...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: How to calculate frequency rate/Severity rate(by ANSI), incident rate(by OSHA), national safety council, injury severity
national safety council, injury severity, petrochemical plant: Subject: How to calculate frequency rate/Severity rate(by ANSI), incident rate(by OSHA) Question: How to calculate frequency rate(by ANSI -old version), incident rate(by OSHA) for example detail: Given - Plant type : petrochemical plant - Total Staff =...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Drinking Water, housekeeping issues, illness increases
housekeeping issues, illness increases, fellow workers: Thank you for this question. OSHA says they have to provide potable drinking water on the jobsite, which apparently the GC is doing. So they do meet the requirement. Common sense says that it is better for the crew to have drinking water (i.e. bottles)...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: ext. cords, heavy duty extension cords, answer mark
heavy duty extension cords, answer mark, water resistance: Subject: Extension cords Question: Can extension cord that cuts in outer covering by repaired and used on a job site ? Like using heat rap to repair cords. Answer: Mark, first – my answer is based on the use of heavy duty extension cords usually with...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: COPY MACHINE HAZARD?, pollution prevention opportunities, research triangle park
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: COPY MACHINE HAZARD?, pollution prevention opportunities, research triangle park, volatile organic compounds

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: How to calculate frequency rate/Severity rate(by ANSI), incident rate(by OSHA), injury severity, time injuries
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: How to calculate frequency rate/Severity rate(by ANSI), incident rate(by OSHA), injury severity, time injuries

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lighting Requirements In Work Offices, osha construction standards, illuminating engineering society
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lighting Requirements In Work Offices, osha construction standards, illuminating engineering society, visual tasks

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Tf and Tg calculation Formulae
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Tf and Tg calculation Formulae

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: fiberglass cutting, fiberglass dust, eye goggles
fiberglass dust, eye goggles, osha regulation: Dear Sergio, First, I d like to compliment you on caring enough about your employees to be concerned about their health. I applaud you. Cutting fiberglass in an enclosed room as you described without forced air ventilation is extremely dangerous. Your...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lighting Requirements In Work Offices, foot candles, office environments
foot candles, office environments, lighting requirements: Thank you for this question. The 29CFR1926.56(a)states that a minimum requirement is 30 foot candles for office illumination. There is no set requirement as how that is accomplished, hence no requirement by OSHA on overhead lighting. Having said that,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lost Time, time question, lost time
time question, lost time, calendar days: Subject: Lost Time Question: You gave answers to a question regarding calculating lost time that were based on the old recordkeeping standards. The new standards require you to count all calendar days including weekends, holidays, and days off. (1904.7(b)(3)(iv))....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA Recordable?, osha recordable, tardiness
osha recordable, tardiness, auto accident: Thank you for this question. Since you say she is traveling to a work related seminar, Is she using a company vehicle? If not, then I would say no, because it would be like she is traveling to work everyday. If yes, then the incident is an OSHA recordable....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Possible hazzard, health violation, oh goodness
health violation, oh goodness, health risk: Oh goodness. That sounds like a sticky situation. First I am not an expert in all of this. I am an asbestos expert. But I do happen to know that there is a government agency called OSHA. You can find out much information on their website. Since...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Tf and Tg calculation Formulae, formulae, michael brown
formulae, michael brown, csp: Subject: Tf and Tg calculation Formulae Question: Incidence- 01, Loss time- 8 hrs( one day), Total hrs- 25000 and Total employees- 130. Please explain what would be LTFR and LTSR and what are formulae to calculate Tg and Tf. Answer: I am very sorry...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: #2 fuel oil fume exposure, underground storage tank, heating and cooling systems
underground storage tank, heating and cooling systems, sump pumps: Subject: Exposure - #2 fuel oil fume Question: I was exposed for approximately 5 months to fumes related to an underground storage tank leak. It was finally discovered by looking in the Sump Pumps and they were filled with vile thick oil. The agency took...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Acceptable OSHA RIR rate, industry classification system, bls gov
industry classification system, bls gov, american industry classification: Subject: Acceptable OSHA RIR rate Question: Is there an acceptable RIR (recordable incident rate)? And if so, does it vary by industry? My employer has a concrete modular manufacturing facility and we are safety conscious. Answer: Mike, the place to...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: asbestos exposure in home during construction, asbestos insulation, sound wisdom
asbestos insulation, sound wisdom, construction question: Ah, okay. I understand now. But.......2 hours doesn t give us much of a time-weighted average. There is a complicated formula they use, (I used to do this type of air quality testing too), where they use time versus fibers counted on the filter within...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Calculating Man hours, payroll section, work overtime
payroll section, work overtime, manhour: Subject: Calculating Man hours Question: Sir, I recently joined in one of the Bitumen trading company here in the Middle East. Actually I don’t have any records of the total man-hours in this company. How can I calculate the total man-hours of this company?...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: drinking fountains and osha, osha website, lab glassware
osha website, lab glassware, drinking fountains: Subject: Drinking fountains and OSHA Question: In our brand new hospital laboratory with about fifty workers there is not one drinking fountain in the place. There were at least two in our old hospital lab. What would OSHA say about this? Dr. Bill Answer:...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Environmental Industry's average rates, national safety council, environmental industry
national safety council, environmental industry, time injury: Subject: Environmental Industry s average rates Question: I cannot seem to find what the Environmental Industry s average is as applied to Lost Time Injury Rate, Recordable incidents etc. We are constantly being asked what our rates are compared to the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Industrial Lighting, foot candles
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Industrial Lighting, foot candles

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: house near asbestos roof, asbestos roofs, asbestos roof
asbestos roofs, asbestos roof, asbestos dust: Simon, We could go on and on.....I repeat.....if this roofing material does have asbestos, it is probably encased in either vinyl or tar or a concrete material. There is no threat to anyone being close to an asbestos-containing building material unless...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Industrial Lighting, illuminating engineering society, recommended lighting levels
illuminating engineering society, recommended lighting levels, illuminating engineering society of north america: Subject: Industrial Lighting Question: I am retrofitting a new manufacturing facility. I would like to know the number of foot candles required for safe operation of very detailed work at bench level (4 feet off the floor) for a machine shop. Thank You...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: injury and lost time claim stats, osha recordkeeping, osha recordable
osha recordkeeping, osha recordable, injury severity: Subject: Injury and lost time claim stats Question: I am trying to get together statistics for my company for our records and for our safety audits. I have the injury frequency rate formula and the injury severity formula, but I am not sure what the number...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: LTFR, RIFR& Incident Freequency rate, body fillers, incident frequency
body fillers, incident frequency, reply thanks: Subject: LTFR, RIFR& Incident Frequency rate Question: Mr. Mike, thank you for your previous answers. Here I have one more question to ask you. How can I calculate the following: a. Accident frequency rate b. Incident frequency rate c. Lost Time Incident...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Manhours & Fatal accident, pyramid theory, fatal accidents
pyramid theory, fatal accidents, manhour: Subject: Man-hours & Fatal accident Question: Is there any relationship between total man-hours & fatal accident. For e.g. in my company it was recorded that the total man-hours in this year is 200000. If we had a fatality in this year is it affect this...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Manhours & Incident rates, injury severity, plant staff
injury severity, plant staff, incident rates: Subject: Calculating Man hours Question: Sir, how can I calculate the man hours, if my company has the following work staff? 1.The total administration, accounts & all VP s level staff = 17 with the average work day of 9 hours, an average work week of...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: No running water/operational bathrooms, mail carriers, drinking fountains
mail carriers, drinking fountains, osha regulations: Subject: No running water/operational bathrooms Question: We have been given 24 hours prior notice that the town in which our office is located will be shutting off the water for our area. This means no drinking fountains, but also no means of using bathroom...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Staying hydrated at work, health condition, care physician
health condition, care physician, short answer: Hi Kristen, The short answer is yes. The long answer is that it is probably your store s policy to not allow food or drink at the cash register stations. If you have a health condition that requires you to drink more water than others, you may consider...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: autobody paint shop in residential neighborhood, strange neighbors, self contained breathing apparatus
strange neighbors, self contained breathing apparatus, intimidation tactics: Hi Philip, You are right to be concerned for your family. The health effects are quite dangerous and they may not even show up right away, but perhaps years down the road. The health effects for HIM are very dangerous too. He should be wearing a SCBA...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: bpa, aquafina water bottle, string cheese
aquafina water bottle, string cheese, room temp: Hi Jade, It usually only leeches if it becomes hot which is why you ve heard in the press lately to not leave your water bottles in your car in the heat. Since the cheese is usually cold or room temp, I don t think you re at a high risk for BPA leechate....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: confusion, noish, noise elimination
noish, noise elimination, luck mike: Hi Jeaba, Yes that is right. I am not sure that NIOSH has certifications but OSHA does. The certifications I would start with is the OSHA 500 Series. Many of the topics in the OSHA 500 courses involve Noise and hearing. You would need to attend them to...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: confusion, certified industrial hygienist, noish
certified industrial hygienist, noish, industrial hygiene: Hi Jeaba, If you are interested in specializing in noise, I recommend you get a Bachelor s Degree from a university in Industrial Hygiene. Most, if not all, jobs in my field require at least a Bachelor s degree. There are certifications one can acquire...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: hard hat, optional tests, msa
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: hard hat, optional tests, msa

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Nurse cutting my fiberglass cast, fracture clinic, precautionary measure
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Nurse cutting my fiberglass cast, fracture clinic, precautionary measure, medical staff

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: hanger ventilation, shop stewards, osha violations
shop stewards, osha violations, delivery trucks: Subject: Hanger Ventilation Question: During dayshift in the hanger, management has decided to keep the doors closed. They claim it s for bird control. With open fuel tanks or working around chemicals, not only does the heat get to people but the chemicals...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: hard hat, tour construction, hardhat
tour construction, hardhat, personal feelings: Thank you for this question. This is one that I am asked about constantly as I tour construction project sites. The short answer is yes, it is wrong to wear the hardhat backwards, even with the suspension worn correctly. The reason is this: the hardhats...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: hardhats, safety rule, lorain county
safety rule, lorain county, hard hat: Thank you for the question Mike. My apologies for the delay in answering as I have been very ill. The answer is YES, if that is the safety rule written in their safety program. Many times compnaies write blanket rules to make it easier to enforce over...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: lifting at work, grease pan, flu bug
grease pan, flu bug, tietze syndrome: Hi Pam, I m sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I had the worst flu bug all last week! An employer cannot make an employee take FMLA due to doctor s restrictions. An employer is required to accomodate the restrictions much in the same way they...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Manhours, recordable injury, manhours
recordable injury, manhours, recordable injuries: Subject: TRIR Question: I need help in calculating man-hours for 500 employees working back to back for 7 days in a 50 week year. How do I calculate TRIR if an employee got injured ( Restricted duty ) in the first quarter of the year. Answer: Debbie,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Metal Fumes, certified safety professional, ceramic kiln
certified safety professional, ceramic kiln, metalurgist: Unfortunately I cnnot answer your question. I am an asbestos expert listed under a broader catgory and do not have the expertise to comment. I would although suggest that you try to find a Certified Industriat Hygienist or a Certified Safety Professional...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Million Man hour formula, 1 million dollars, payroll department
1 million dollars, payroll department, incident rate: Answer: Part A - The 1 million man-hours were used in the old National Safety Calculations formulas for accident frequency, severity, etc. When OSHA came into existence the record keeping switched to the use of “Incident Rate”. This applies to the US....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: mold, timber joists, green mold
timber joists, green mold, inner ears: Hi Lloyd, I would recommend you hire an industrial hygienist to test the mold in your outhouse. There are all types of molds and some are more toxic than others. If you know you aren t allergic to the surrounding foliage, that is what I would recommend....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: mold or house insulation poising, attic insulation, physical signs
attic insulation, physical signs, air ducts: Hi Michelle, It depends on the type of mold. Some molds can be extremely toxic while others only irritate existing allergies. Please query mold on a search engine and you will see that there are lots of variables. What type of insulation do you have?...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Nurse cutting my fiberglass cast, breathing mask, ventilation system
breathing mask, ventilation system, leg cast: Dear M, Ideally, yes. You are correct in your assumption that the nurse won t wear any protective gear. I would recommend to you that you wear a N95 or other particle mask and safety glasses. The fiberglass that is used in a cast is very thin as it...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA Health Regulations - Factories, osha health, concise question
osha health, concise question, grammar errors: Subject: OSHA Health Regulations - Factories Question: My husband works in an extremely hot (and humid) factory in the summer. There are fans nearby him but this year the company has taken away their 1 extra break during extreme heat and humid periods...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: paint and bodyshop regulations, self contained breathing apparatus, paint booth
self contained breathing apparatus, paint booth, overspray: Hi Terry, You have rights as an employee that are being ignored at your peril. You should be provided a full Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) suit much like the fire department wears in order to be safe in a paint booth or area. If you keep breathing...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: popcorn ceilings, popcorn ceilings, asbestos content
popcorn ceilings, asbestos content, light texture: Jackie, You are right...go with your gut feeling. If it is intact, then don t worry about it and leave it alone.....even if it is tested and the results come out positive for asbestos. I have the same thing in my house. YOu can paint over it again...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Asbestos in the basement, rush hour traffic, floor tiles
rush hour traffic, floor tiles, brake linings: No, I m sorry but for some reason I did not get the first question. Those percentages are very low. The adhesive is nothing to worry about if it was still like a tar or is gooey. Many floor tiles have that black tar-like adhesive with that same level...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: bodyshop, sewage lines, paint booth
sewage lines, paint booth, safety consultant: Hi Ryan, This is a complex problem with a complex solution. You need to hire a safety consultant to come in to inspect your workplace and make recommendations for change. You are working in a very dangerous environment. What state are you in? Perhaps...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Water Fountains, water fountains, code reference
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Water Fountains, water fountains, code reference, lavatories

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: female limits on weight lifting, unpleasant situation, satisfactory solution
unpleasant situation, satisfactory solution, weight lifting: Subject: Female limits on weight lifting Question: What is the standard for female’s weight lifting and pushing at work; also is any limits on lifting or pushing during a healthy normal pregnancy. I know pregnant women push and lift heavy patients at hospital...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: fire evacuations, fire evacuation plan, emergency evacuation plan
fire evacuation plan, emergency evacuation plan, fire evacuations: Hi Mollie, That is one of the classes I teach in the field. You are on the right track with the supervisors. Several companies I teach at have a roll that the supervisor or whoever is working the supervisors position that day need to keep every day. It...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: monitoring health and safety policies, health and safety policies, monitoring health
health and safety policies, monitoring health, man hour: Hi Apu, They are monitored in a lot of different ways. Certainly by statistics; injuries, near misses, illnesses, per man hour worked. And you have to do rounds!!! You have to have someone physically walk around inspecting your people for safe behaviors...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Proper way to mount extension ladder from roof by oneself, extension ladder, dangerous procedure
extension ladder, dangerous procedure, second person: Subject: Proper way to mount extension ladder from roof by oneself Question: I have just spent over 40 minutes looking for guidance on this subject but have not yet found one word either saying how to best do it, or saying you shouldn t do it. To me, it...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Real LTIFR frequency rates, road construction industry, bls gov
road construction industry, bls gov, exacting science: Subject: Real LTIFR frequency rates Question: Hi, could you possibly point me to valid and up to date LTIFR information, specifically for the road construction industry in US & Australia (I am down under). The majority of info that I have found was last...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: record keeping injury, wasp stings, loss of consciousness
wasp stings, loss of consciousness, medical recommendation: Subject: Record keeping injury. Question: The business is general construction. there is an employee who is allergic to bee & wasp stings. He is 27 and has a heart condition which will not allow the use of an epipen injection. On many occasions the job...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: SiO2 from Quartz, crystalline silica dust, nodular lesion
crystalline silica dust, nodular lesion, nodular lesions: Dear Maksim, You sound really shook up about this. How and why did you sniff this sand? If you really want a conclusive answer to your particular medical question (I don t know how long, or how much you sniffed.) you should consult a medical doctor who...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Water Fountains, osha requirement, drinking fountains
osha requirement, drinking fountains, water fountains: Subject: Water Fountains Question: Is there an OSHA standard which requires a manufacturing facility to have water fountains/coolers available for employees to drink and if so, is there a required distance they must be from one another? We are in the process...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: work place excess heat, hurricane facts, guidance document
hurricane facts, guidance document, heat stress: Gwenn, OSHA does not have absolute limits on the temperature of the workplace. However, they have established regulations for breaks and water availability when the temperature exceeds 90 F. OSHA also issued a guidance document on July 1, 2009. You...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: apartment safety issue?, osha violations, issue subject
osha violations, issue subject, issue question: Subject: Apartment safety issue? Question: My question is: are apartments obligated to make sure parking blocks dividers aren t exposed off ground with the stud sticking out? Also light fixture s that are broken all around the apartments, is that also a...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Calculating Injury Incident Rate, spreadsheet programs, spreadsheet program
spreadsheet programs, spreadsheet program, incident rate: Subject: Calculating Injury Incident Rate Question: The director of manufacturing is compiling information to report and he has asked for the monthly incident rate. All the information we have calculates incident rate by year not month. Would you still...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Customer Service workers and footwear in private homes., residential homebuilder, osha regulation
residential homebuilder, osha regulation, osha regulations: Thank you for this question. There is no OSHA regulation that prohibits removing shoes when entering a private home, unless hazards are present. Having stated this, if a homeowner does not want the inspection teams to remove their shoes, then have them...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Drinking water, drinking water dispensers, drinking water standards
drinking water dispensers, drinking water standards, clean drinking water: Subject: Drinking water Question: I work for a landscape company and have been told they do not have to provide clean drinking water to their employees out in the field. Is this and if it is how do they meet the clean drinking water standards set by OSHA....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: exposure, plastic sheeting, protective gear
plastic sheeting, protective gear, carpeting: Lori, I replied to your questions using your second submittal, and I m glad you liked my responses. I appreciate your evaluation of my reply! But All Experts wants me to reply to your first submittal too, since it was still in my pending question inbox....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: exposure, permissible exposure limit, popcorn ceilings
permissible exposure limit, popcorn ceilings, asbestos fibers: Lori, Asbestos has been around us for a long, long time. Asbestos is still found in car brake linings. 12 years ago is a long time and this is not worth worrying over. It would have been best to have it tested...and the same goes for the linoleum....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Fall Protection, osha law, whistleblower act
osha law, whistleblower act, open hole: Thank you for this question. My apologies for the delay in answering as I have been ill. If fall protection is required, but not available, then you are NOT in compliance. 29CFR1926 Subpart M discusses fall protection in detail and starts off with the DUTY...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Drinking water, osha fact sheet, heat stress
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Drinking water, osha fact sheet, heat stress, duty clause

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Horrible odor from spoiled latex primer?, paint dries, osha health
paint dries, osha health, latex paint: Marya, This question is outside the area of OSHA Health and Safety. However, I recommend that you follow the advice of the paint store employee. The amount of ammonia in latex paint is very small and is not enough to be a hazard with mixed with bleach....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: hard hat, osha regulations, hard hats
osha regulations, hard hats, snow blow: Thank you for this question. I am not up to date on Canandian OSHA regulations, however the ones I have looked at are very similiar to the US. If there are head injury and/ or overhead hazards, then hardhats should be worn. If there is doubts about...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: heating oil spill, occasional bouts, oil spill
occasional bouts, oil spill, depersonalization: Hi Tom, Good to know you ve seen your doc. And she is correct! The oil would have no impact on your depersonalization, BUT the worry that it did have an impact, probably made you a lot more nervous than you normally are otherwise. Glad you re out of...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lifting, niosh publication, niosh lifting equation
niosh publication, niosh lifting equation, safe lifting: Subject: Lifting Question: Hello, I work for a manufacturing company and was recently asked by my boss the following question: Is there a maximum weight employees in the manufacturing industry can lift up to. Basically he wants’ to be able to tell employees...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lighting Requirements In Work Offices, lab safety supply, foot candles
lab safety supply, foot candles, lighting requirements: Thank you for this question. You can get a light meter to measure foot candles from a commercial source. I bought mine from Lab Safety Supply. Why not go to fluorescent bulbs? They are very cost effective as they use less energy and they last longer....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Mold and mildew, mold and mildew, ada laws
mold and mildew, ada laws, diagnosis of asthma: Hi Donna, I am going to tell you some differents options as to what you can do. I must say that running a humidifier is only going to grow the mold at a faster rate. You could have your personal physician indicate that due to your illnesses, you must...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: one man weight llifting limits, osha website, man lift
osha website, man lift, personal weight: Hi Rebecca, First, let me say I think what they asked you to do was ridiculous. You ask what the limits are. They are whatever you can t lift. You can get a note from your physician indicating what your weight limits are. What I think this company deserves...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: measurement fo safety performance, osha recordable injuries, back strains
osha recordable injuries, back strains, shift supervisor: Subject: measurement of safety performance Question: I have seen your calculation of safety ratios (incidence/frequency/severity rates) and would like to ask whether we should take all the number of incidents/accidents into consideration or only those accidents...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Police, kevlar vest, personal protective equipment
kevlar vest, personal protective equipment, management of aggressive behavior: Hi Emmitt, Of course they are! And law enforcement should have all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that they require to do their jobs safely. I taught local law enforcement MOAB or Management of Aggressive Behavior so they would know...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: RE: Cubicle next to a office bathroom, office bathroom, febreze
office bathroom, febreze, heavy traffic: Hi S, It s safe, but not ideal. If I were you, I d have a can of Febreze sitting on my desk for when those not-so-great smells waft out your way. Have you considered asking your boss to move you? It is a reasonable request. And it doesn t have to be...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: thyroid cancer from copy machine radiation, thyroid cancer, son god
thyroid cancer, son god, step stool: Hi Monica, I am so sorry to hear about your son. God, you must be going out of your mind. I would be. To answer your question, I don t think so. However, this is what I would do. The Manufacturer must provide an MSDS on every chemical in the copy machine....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Weight Lifting Limits, veteran business enterprise, california air resources
veteran business enterprise, california air resources, california air resources board: Subject: Weight Lifting Limits Question: Mike, I am an independent consultant doing research for the California Air Resources Board. The question is about refrigerant (metal) bottles (similar to propane bottles). The industry standard is a 30 lb. disposable...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Accident Severity Rates, state osha program, national safety council
state osha program, national safety council, credibility problem: Question: Mike, do you have a good reference to find current ASR statistics for Accident Severity Rates? BLS typically us behind by a couple of years. Regards, Tom Answer: Tom, I used several sources when I was working. These included the state OSHA program...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: ASP/CSP Exam prep., columbia southern university, back belts
columbia southern university, back belts, home depot: Subject: ASP/CSP Exam prep. Question: Hello Mr. Brown, I was researching an term paper for my ergonomic class on back belts the pros and cons of their use and ran across you response to a question from a Home Depot employee. I see that you have your...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: asbestos risk - ceiling light, lung xrays, mesothelioma experts
lung xrays, mesothelioma experts, white asbestos: Well this is an easy one for me to answer. First - It is impossible to identify asbestos by the human eye. Asbestos is a fiber and can be found in so many types of building materials. If you saw white dust it could easily have been just plaster type dust,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Career progression, management level position, plant shutdowns
management level position, plant shutdowns, civilian safety: Jeremy, I apologize for taking so long to answer this question, but 2 things are happening here: 1 - I am traveling cross-country, & 2 - this question required some thought to answer properly. I am a retired U. S. Navy Chief, so I had management experience...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: caustic fumes?, airborne chemicals, noxious fumes
airborne chemicals, noxious fumes, bad smell: Subject: Caustic fumes? Question: We have noxious fumes that management reports is from Oil and is being disbursed throughout the air for the last several hours. They are doing new construction and the fumes, smell, and side effects are horrible. Burning...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Insulation, worst case scenario, industrial vacuum
worst case scenario, industrial vacuum, upstairs room: Hi Brooke, You are fine unless the insulation is really old and it has fiberglass in it. Consider this please. (I am pretty big on kids safety.) The cost of renting an industrial vacuum is going to be a little steep. Consider going to Wal Mart and finding...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: inhalation hazards of scrap metal yard, scrap metal yard, oil and grease
scrap metal yard, oil and grease, wondering what type: Aaron, The potential exists for hazardous exposure to fumes from the cutting process. The actual exposure can be measured by an industrial hygienist. Ask your employer to determine the degree of exposure and/or to provide an organic vapor/fume respirator...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: lost time accident, time accident, small pieces
time accident, small pieces, cactus: Subject: Lost time accident Question: Mike, recently we had an employee that knelt down during his regular course of business and put his knee in some cactus. Thinking nothing about it he pulled the cactus out and continued working. The problem is about...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Pregnant students, plastic body filler, particulate mask
plastic body filler, particulate mask, repair instructor: Dear Lee, sorry for the delay in responding. I ve been doing some checking and what I suggest is this: If your own research can not definitively rule out possible exposure;In writing indicate to the doctors the specific chemicals which the pregnant women...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: what is the time limit?, workers compensation claims, georgia gov
workers compensation claims, georgia gov, comp claim: Subject: What is the time limit? Question: How many days after an injury is sustained on the job in the state of Georgia do I have to make a workman s comp claim? Answer: Alzener, the time limit on filing claims varies from state to state and in some...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Urine clean up, paper towles, 29 cfr 1910
paper towles, 29 cfr 1910, osha regs: Yes. Go to the OSHA website and look up 29 CFR 1910.1030. It will be under bloodborne pathogens, and since once cannot definitively know whether or not urine contains blood by visual inspection, it has to be treated as a bloodborne pathogen. I hope this...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: work hazards, explosive situations, work hazards
explosive situations, work hazards, border service: Hi Dave, 8 days in a row means overtime, more money I think. Lots of people work the same shift work and are very happy with it. Change is hard but once you get into the routine you will enjoy the 3 days in a row (Off time). As far as week ends, you may...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: asbestos popcorn ceiling, ceiling texture, hepa vac
ceiling texture, hepa vac, hepa vacuum: Old popcorn ceiling seems to be a topic of concern these days. First let s answer your questions about never getting rid of it: If you have repainted and refloored and there was no furniture or things in the house at the time to collect dust, then I think...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Cleaning debris from behind a push-out blade in a garbage truck, refuse truck lockout tag out
refuse truck lockout tag out: Todd, I am not aware of anything specific to the cleaning process for the push out blade you are referring to in your question. I give you a lot of credit for thinking about and having considered lock out tagout for this process. You may want to check...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: how to calculate frequency rate & severity rate of accident, ANSI frequency & severity rates
ANSI frequency & severity rates: Sachin, I am not familiar with the new version of ANSI s frequency and severity rates. Unfortunately ANSI charges for all their publications and I am sure you could find it there if you pay them for the publication. I will keep looking and see if...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: chemical inventory list, chemical storage amounts
chemical storage amounts: Jerome, From an OSHA standpoint there is no requirement for the inventory to include the amounts stored. From an EPA standpoint, you are correct that there is a threshold for small quantity generators of hazardous waste that if you exceed the threshold...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: asbestos popcorn ceiling, email
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: asbestos popcorn ceiling, email

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Workplace Conditions with Fiberglass/Resins, romford essex, health inspectors
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Workplace Conditions with Fiberglass/Resins, romford essex, health inspectors, dear john

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Loss time accidents, Lost Time Accident
Lost Time Accident: Steven, Unfortunately, since the employee loses work as a result of an injury because you do not have restricted work activity, even for one day, this would be considered a lost time accident. Its a lost time accident because you are accommodating...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: ladder, Ladders
Ladders: Mike, I m not sure what exactly you are asking me, if you could be more specific in the question I could give you a more specific answer. Let me assume you are asking where does the base of the ladder have to be placed from the wall, also assuming you...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA, Emergency Evacuation Assembly Points
Emergency Evacuation Assembly Points: Samantha, Excellent question! There are no specific guidelines for distance away from a building during a fire drill, however, there are a couple factors to consider when designating assembly points for drills. Many emergency coordinators fail to realize...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA requirements, OSHA record keeping requirements
OSHA record keeping requirements: John, Excellent questions, here is a link to the OSHA record keeping requirements found under 29 CFR 1904 http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS%26p_id=12791 1). If you are an employer exempt from record keeping...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: pushing/pulling weight limits., tow tractor, job description
tow tractor, job description, stairs: Hi Larry, I used to work in an MRO station so I know exactly of what you speak. Those airstairs weight a ton! The limits are usually set in your job description/application. Having said that, your weight limit is the most you can push/pull. If you...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Securing ladders to motor vehicles, Securing ladders and common sense
Securing ladders and common sense: Jason, Excellent question! There are no specific OSHA regulations regarding the transportation of ladders on a truck. However, it could be cited under the General Duty clause 29 USC 654, 5 (a)(1). Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: TRIR and LTIR objectives, LTIR TRIR
LTIR TRIR: Sanou, I am assuming you mean electrical power plant generation your NAICS code would be 3.7 for average TRIR for 50 - 250 employees. For TRIR for electrical power generation the following rates apply for all sizes of employers 2.7 TRIR and LTIR would...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Work attire and Pool safety, olympic pool, pool safety
olympic pool, pool safety, duty clause: Hi Jonathan, Thank you for your question. Yes, this issue would be covered under the General Duty Clause that employers must provide a safe working environment for their employees, vendors and the public. They should be required to wear appropriate...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Workplace Conditions with Fiberglass/Resins, fiberglass resins, osha violations
fiberglass resins, osha violations, bloody noses: Dear John, It sounds as if you are working for a crook! Your health is suffering for this job. The health effects are permanent and can get much worse if you continue using the chemicals and breathing in fiberglass. It s glass. It s getting in your lungs...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Emergency egress, something concrete, emergency egress
something concrete, emergency egress, emergency equipment: Subject: Emergency egress Question: I am looking for regulatory tenets that will define the requirements for egress to a large campus of over 190 acres with over 6,000 employees. In this area, we are being limited to one gate that severs as an entrance...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: electric outlets, navy seabee, electric outlets
navy seabee, electric outlets, nfpa 70: Thank you for this question. The answer is the NFPA 70 - which is the NEC (National Electric Code) which is now dictating the outlets be installed upside down. The thought process is that if a metal something were to come in cotact with the actual plug,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: extension cords across flooirs, work bays, electrical receptacles
work bays, electrical receptacles, osha regulations: Subject: extension cords across floors Question: I work in the aviation industry under contract to the U.S. Army. Most hangars have insufficient power outlets, if any, on the hangar floor. We run extension cords from the wall, across the material movement...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: electric outlets, being a teacher, osha
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: electric outlets, being a teacher, osha, masters

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: gasoline, occupational safety health, health question
occupational safety health, health question, gas leak: Thank you for your question. While this is not an occupational safety & health question, I feel it is important to give you an answer. If you can smell gasoline when you start your car, you could have a gas leak with your fuel lines. Please take it to...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Hearing Loss, osha 300 log, excessive noise exposure
osha 300 log, excessive noise exposure, hearing conservation: Subject: Hearing Loss Question: The plant I work in has a Hearing Conservation Program because we have sound levels above 85 decibels. We provide hearing protection and require all employees to wear the protection plant wide. We perform training on an...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA frequency calculation, osha recordkeeping, frequency calculation
osha recordkeeping, frequency calculation, recordable injury: Subject: OSHA frequency calculation Question: Incident Rate (OSHA) = (Number of Recordable Injuries x 200,000) divided by the number of hours worked. How is a recordable injury defined? Does it mean an injury which is time loss only or does it include medical...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: pallet jack, pallet jacks, pallet jack
pallet jacks, pallet jack, steel toed shoes: Subject: pallet jack Question: When employees are using pallet jacks during deliveries to unload heavy material, what PPE is mandatory for their protection? Answer: Robert, the minimum PPE I would require would be either steel-toed shoes (or boots) or...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Safety training hour/employee, vinyl chloride monomer, certified industrial hygienist
vinyl chloride monomer, certified industrial hygienist, osha requirements: Subject: Safety training hour/employee Question: Thank you very much Mr. Brown for taking out time and sharing the standards. I believe the safety training mentioned by you as 40hrs for a new employee is only from the standpoint of VCM and associated risks...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: shelving weight limits, occupational safety and health standards, osha standards
occupational safety and health standards, osha standards, occupational safety and health: Subject: Shelving weight limits Question: What are the OSHA standards on posting the weight limit on standard shelving units in industrial areas? Do they have to be labeled? And where can I find the regulations? Answer: Ilene, after a review of the federal...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: work-relatedness
Subject: work-relatedness Question: Dear Mr. Brown, I have a question on work-relatedness. A worker working nearby in another job tried to help a group of personnel working to move a welding machine. The worker who was not connected to the job got injured...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Why should accident frequencey caluclate in parts-per-million, osha recordable injuries, osha recordable injury
osha recordable injuries, osha recordable injury, national safety council: Subject: Why should accident frequency calculate in parts-per-million Question: Why should accident frequency calculate in PPM? Here PPM is parts-per-million or positive performance measures Answer: To my knowledge, your interpretation of PPM as parts-per-million...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: aisle width in a warehouse, assistant regional administrator, aisle width
assistant regional administrator, aisle width, pallet jacks: Subject: aisle width in a warehouse Question: How wide do aisles have to be that have pallet jacks, forklifts, and cherry picker traveling both ways down the same aisle in opposite directions.is there a OSHA standard for this? Answer: Daniel, the only...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: First aid cabinet, osha approved first aid kit, osha website
osha approved first aid kit, osha website, first aid kit: Subject: First aid cabinet Question: I work for a fairly small company and I m trying to find out at what height are we suppose to mount the first aid cabinet. I looked on the OSHA website and there was not a specific height. Would you possibly know what...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: First aid cabinet
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: First aid cabinet

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: proper way to move a pallet jack, back injury, twists
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: proper way to move a pallet jack, back injury, twists

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lifting capacity, bls gov, bureau of labor statistics
bls gov, bureau of labor statistics, national institute for occupational safety: Subject: Lifting capacity Question: Hi, I m a student from the Philippines. I wonder how do I get or where can I get an information about the lifting capacity of a man and women and the possible injury they might get from lifting heavy loads like, lifting...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: lost days / fatal, osha 300 log, hospitalization incidents
osha 300 log, hospitalization incidents, recordkeeping requirements: Subject: lost days / fatal Question: How many days away from work, if any, do you put on the OSHA 300 log for a fatal claim. The employee had an accident and died the same day. Answer: Chuck, as best as I can tell after a review of the current OSHA...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Personal Protective Grounding, protective gloves, thanksgiving holiday
protective gloves, thanksgiving holiday, dear don: Dear Don, our area of specialty is prescription safety eyewear. We recomment to our clients that if their employee is involved in an area which requires 70 standards, they should be wearing the appropriate approved eyewear at all times. I hope this helps....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: proper way to move a pallet jack, pallet jack, visibility issues
pallet jack, visibility issues, many other tools: Subject: Proper way to move a pallet jack Question: What is the proper way to move a pallet jack pull one hand or two or push? Answer: Pete, the proper way will depend to a large extent on the area in which the pallet jack is being used. If possible...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: recordable or restricted duty?, restriction, jobs
restriction, jobs, job: Subject: recordable or restricted duty? Question: An employee is injured on the job goes to the doctor and has surgery scheduled for a week later. The employee has been trained in several jobs at their facility and the doctor releases the employee back...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: right to know, osha requirements, osha requirements, hazcom
osha requirements, hazcom, msdss: There are no temp chemicals under OSHA. Chemicals are chemicals and the same rules apply if it is there 5 minutes or 50 years. Employees must be trained, MSDSs are required, etc, etc. In addition, for that five minute chemical, you have to keep the MSDS...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Temps., automotive shop, lunch break
automotive shop, lunch break, best bet: Subject: Temps. Question: I work in a national automotive shop (that for the time being will remain un-named). This winter they have sent out a memo stating that if we turn on our heaters in the shop (we are in a northern state) that we will be terminated...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Construction Zone, construction fencing, barricade tape
construction fencing, barricade tape, construction zones: Thank you for this question. The short answer is no, OSHA does not say construction fencing specifically. They do, however make reference to barricading. This can be hard barricades, construction fencing, etc. Depending on the danger area, I have my contractors...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: HSE MS, iso 14001, management system
iso 14001, management system, HSE: Every company s HSE Management System will be unique, based on their own business needs. You can design your MS in any way you like, with any number of elements that works for your company. Some companies design their systems to reflect the exact elements...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: LTIFR, recordable injury, recordable injuries
recordable injury, recordable injuries, incident rates: Subject: LTIFR Question: I have noted that you state the calculation is now 20,000 and other sites are still stating the million as before...has this changed and when would I / should I have changed my calculations??? Thank you Answer: Lynn, it appears...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Number of restricted day?, release states, subject number
release states, subject number, workdays: Subject: Number of restricted day? Question: We had an employee who hurt his elbow while working on a Monday. Filled out a report and returned back to work thinking all he would need was ice. He did all of his normal work for Monday and Tuesday but by the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: stagnant water in shower, stagnant water, horrible smell
stagnant water, horrible smell, drain line: Thank you for this question. My apologies for not answering sooner as I have been on vacation. Smells of stagnant water are generally due to the drain line not working properly. My adivice is to seek a plumber. This can be unheathy for all who use this...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Anchoring/guarding shelving, forklift damage, forklift training
forklift damage, forklift training, forming dies: Hi Mike, Thanks for the good question! Refer to the standards under warehousing. Your focus seems to be on forklift damage. My focus is on tipping over or earthquake impacts. I think if you were to get cited for anything, it would be under the General...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Asbestos, asbestos tiles, tile board
asbestos tiles, tile board, cleanup effort: Sorry for the delay - had technical problems. First you should have a peice of the linoleum of tile tested. Get a 1 square peice and take it to a local asbestos lab. You cannot assume it has it in it. If you tile over it that is the best things to do....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: asbestos - Chrysotile or amosite?, chrysotile asbestos, occupational health clinic
chrysotile asbestos, occupational health clinic, navy yard workers: Lets back up.......you cannot 100% assume that any dust in the wall or ceiling in any building is asbestos without testing it. Did someone tell you it was? That is not conclusive. But for the sake of discussion....let s say it was. You said it was around...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: asbestos in insulation?, candy type, asbestos testing
candy type, asbestos testing, light microscopy: Diane, I would only be interested in the asbestos content of the insulation at this point in time. Honesstly don t worry about other stuff for now. There are all kinds of other things in the news and online with warnings about other stuff and even fiberglass...but...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: choosing between the environment and economics, Dam the Environment
Dam the Environment: rain, Very interesting questions 1. Personally I would choose protecting the Earth than economic development. Typical resources are exploited by the elite and only benefit a few. When we begin to alter mother earth we will almost always see negative...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Dealing with transite flue, household hazardous waste, hazardous waste facility
household hazardous waste, hazardous waste facility, furnace flue: Hey Mike, I would also wet wipe and HEPA vac everything inside that area just in case that mortar tests positive. Good luck with the disposal....oh hey just had another idea too...what about calling an asbestos abatement company and asking them if you...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: exposure to asbestos, occupational health clinic, asbestos related disease
occupational health clinic, asbestos related disease, casing: Hmmm - now that is a first. Okay...if the skin casing was what I might typically call a wrapping of tape....and the person doing the cutting of the skin casing did not cut into the actual stuff below the skin casing and break off pieces or make dust...then...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: FIRE PROOF CABINETS, Storing Flammables
Storing Flammables: Bill, The OSHA standard that covers this is 29 CFR 1910.106. Here is the link for the standard on the OSHA web site wwww.osha.gov http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS%26p_id=9752 You can store flammable liquids...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Fire Cabinets, Flammable Storage Cabinet
Flammable Storage Cabinet: Kevin, Excellent question! To the best of my knowledge, there is not a specific standard that states nothing should be stored on top of a flammable storage cabinet. I know I have researched this question numerous times and to date I have not found...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: First Aid & Working Conditions, bucket lids, temporary employment agency
bucket lids, temporary employment agency, first aid kit: Penny, OSHA does not set limits on temperature. Instead, they require that employers protect employees from injury due to low temperatures. His injuries did not require medical treatment, so they are not reportable to OSHA. However, OSHA does have...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Fire Cabinets, hazardous material storage, booz allen hamilton
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Fire Cabinets, hazardous material storage, booz allen hamilton, storage lockers

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Human Feces in the workplace
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Human Feces in the workplace

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Human Feces in the workplace, human feces, 29 cfr 1910
human feces, 29 cfr 1910, there some sort: Jenna, I am not aware of any regulation pertaining to the question you asked. The limit a day porter has to clean up may only be limited or dictated in the job duties and responsibilities outlined in their job description. Unless they re involve din...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: health at work, safety standpoint, exhaust fumes
safety standpoint, exhaust fumes, fri: Question: I am a bus driver is there any long term damage, when i am driving with cold air blowing in from outside through holes open to the outside approx 6 inches from my left leg for a period of 4 to 5 hours, also what damage could be done when having to...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: no lost work days, osha recordkeeping, recordable injury
osha recordkeeping, recordable injury, time accident: Subject: No. of lost work days Question: I have an employee who was injured May 2009 and is still out of work to date. I want to post my number of work days without lost time but I m not sure when I begin counting due to the fact that employee is still...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OHS STATISTICS, days without a disabling injury.
days without a disabling injury.: Sebalond, Thank you for the question. The calculation for non-disabling injuries is the number of days you do not have an injury that requires modified work and/or days without a lost time accident. Personally I m not aware of a specific calculation,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA inspection, OSHA Violations?
OSHA Violations?: Scott, My name is Robert Scott, I don t know if you clicked on the wrong expert, but I can assure you I can answer your questions Excellent questions and I can relate to what you re going through from both sides of the inspection. I can assure you that...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Person living at a place of business, osha 1910, osha regulations
osha 1910, osha regulations, water issue: Subject: Person living at a place of business Question: This persons sleeping quarters are in a closed back-room and a separate shower next to it in a common storage area. Supposedly this person has been living here for approx. 20 years. Since the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: power substations, power substations, high tension power lines
power substations, high tension power lines, power substation: Thank you for this question. My recommendation is you talk directly with the power company, ask for their literature concerning this to be able to make a good decision for you. I do know from personal experience with family & friends that live near the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Recordable accidents per man hour, standard industrial classification, bls gov
standard industrial classification, bls gov, survey estimates: Subject: Recordable accidents per man hour Question: Mike, Thanks for the answer, but I need to know how my plants stack up against the standard for my NAICS code, which is 33639. What is the standard and how did my plants do in comparison. The data is...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: State OSHA inspection, state osha, osha inspection
state osha, osha inspection, loading docks: Thank you for this question. My apologies for the delay in answering, but I was out of town. I am not completely familiar with the Maryland OSHA (state plan) rules that may deviate somewhat from the federal OSHA rules. But I will offer my opinion to the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: vinal chloride, physical frequency for employee, vinyl chloride monomer, vapor concentrations
vinyl chloride monomer, vapor concentrations, lab animals: Hi Danny, Using VCM improperly can lead to exposure. Brief exposure (minutes) to easily attainable vapor concentrations of VCM may cause serious adverse effects, even death. Symptoms of excessive exposure may be anesthetic or narcotic effects, dizziness,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: voluntary osha inspection, osha inspection, loading docks
osha inspection, loading docks, residential carpet: Subject: Voluntary OSHA inspection Question: Hi Mike, thank you for taking the time to answer questions on this forum. I volunteer as an expert in another category, and enjoy the interaction. My question relates to a recent voluntary inspection from...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Dangers of Soil Contaminated With Human Waste, cdc info, windy location
cdc info, windy location, health care provider: THank you for this question. I apologize for the delay in answering. Yes, there are many health dangers from this type of work. You should be wearing a dust mask or respirator while doing this work. You can inhale all types of diseases. You should also...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Dangers of Soil Contaminated With Human Waste, mowing dust, and respirator
mowing dust, and respirator: Sandy, Great question! The main concern whenever mowing where soils are exposed and they become airborne while mowing are indeed the contaminants in the soil. For instance, when I mow in the south here, I see a lot of mica in the air. Along with mica,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: extension ladders, Tying off extension ladders
Tying off extension ladders: Peter, That is a good question! You ask is it safe to use the rope that is attached to the pulley to tie off an extension ladder? Absolutely NOT! The ladder pulley rope is for extending and retracting the ladder, not for tying off the ladder. It could...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA DART rate, fraction
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA DART rate, fraction

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: help, clothes stores, steres
clothes stores, steres, store managers: Subject: Help Question: I am in charge of 25 stores all around Venezuela. Clothes stores, and I am about an stroke because all depends of me. Could you give me any advice about how to manage all troubles related to HSEQ of 25 stores by myself? Thank you...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: inhaling spraypaint, Dust mask are not for paints!
Dust mask are not for paints!: Kim, Great question! The first approach would be to discuss with your supervisor the concerns you are having with the paint vapors. I have had a lot of experience with analyzing spray painting operations. Ask the supervisor for the Material Safety...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: miss use of a come along, osha regulation, duty clause
osha regulation, duty clause, waste to energy: Thank you for this question. I, too, can find NO specific reference to this specific situation. However, you have to ask yourself whar OSHA would ask you - Is this a recognized hazard ? If the answer is yes, then you must abate it (General Duty Clause)....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Orange construction fence, vacation with my family, area 6
vacation with my family, area 6, construction sites: Thank you for this question. I apologize for the delay in answering as I have been on vacation with my family. The answer, in my opinion, is yes that is adequete. this is what I use on my construction sites for any excavations or holes. I hope this...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA, osha recordkeeping, workers compensation claim
osha recordkeeping, workers compensation claim, osha recordable: Subject: OSHA Question: what is an OSHA claim. Is it different from an OSHA reportable? Thank You. Answer: John, I am not aware of the term “OSHA Claim”. I think you may mean compensation claim as in workers’ compensation and will answer on that basis....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA and Apartments, apartment manager, safety violation
apartment manager, safety violation, apartment building: Thank you for this question. It is not an OSHA violation as it is not considered a work place. However it is a major safety violation. My recommendation is to call the local code office and / or city hall to find out which specific office needs to be called....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA approved metal storage cabinets; self closing feature, metal storage cabinets, national fire protection
metal storage cabinets, national fire protection, national fire protection agency: Edward, I m sorry. I don t know. It was not required in the past and I doubt that OSHA promulgated a new regulation. Check the NFPA standards more closely. If the NFPA adopted a standard that specifies self-closing doors, then OSHA would enforce...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA DART rate, incident rate, recordable injury
incident rate, recordable injury, osha: Subject: OSHA DART rate Question: My CEO is trying to calculate the DART rate for our company using the correct formula however he is trying to calculate it for only two months not the whole year. I explained that you could not use the 200,000 hours if...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Reflective safety vests, reflective safety vests, reflective safety vest
reflective safety vests, reflective safety vest, foot traffic: Subject: Reflective safety vests Question: I have a question about the proper way to wear a safety vest. We are required to wear orange or lime green reflective safety vest at our plant in heavy forklift traffic areas such as the shipping dock. Many of...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Safety Certifications, safety certifications, chsm
safety certifications, chsm, safety manager: Thank you for your question. CHSM stands for Certified Health & Safety Manager - National Association of Safety Professional at naspweb.com EHSM stands for Environemental Health & Safety Manager = National Association Environmental Management - naeh.org...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: silicosis, material safety data, material safety data sheet
material safety data, material safety data sheet, safety data sheet: THank you for this question. OSHA has specific rules concerning respiratory protection, not only for silicone use, but for many other items as well. Without observing the actual operation you described, I would say that you probably, I repeat probably do...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: TRIR& LTIR Calculations, osha recordkeeping, osha website
osha recordkeeping, osha website, coil tubing: THank you for this question. My apologies for for the delay as I was on vacation with my family. Please go to the OSHA website and download (for free) the OSHA Recordkeeping Manual. It will answer all your questions and show you how to make the calculations....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Vermiculite embers, asbestos testing, light microscope
asbestos testing, light microscope, gas fireplace: Chuck, Vermiculite contamination ? Are you talking about asbestos in vermiculite? I think you are but, I have learned not to assume anything when it comes to questions about asbestos. And that leads me to the next sentence in that we cannot assume,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Asbestos Training, asbestos training
asbestos training: First, different states have different requirements, so last...I am very sorry that I cannot answer your question, one way or another. BUT...my opinion is that it will not...and if I were you I would contact the state agency responsible for governing...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: health and safety, compensation insurance carrier, workers compensation insurance
compensation insurance carrier, workers compensation insurance, osha requirement: Subject: health and safety Question: Hi Mike, I do have another question. Who are the people on site that I may need to provide specific OHS information to? We have specific plant inductions for excavator operators and new machinery that arrives on site,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: health and safety, Action Plans
Action Plans: Joel, Action plans are vital in correcting recognize hazards and root causes to accidents.. If those action plans identify the root cause of the hazards, elimination of the root cause of hazards or accidents play a vital role in taking appropriate corrective...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Luminol carcinogencity, acute health effects, chronic health effects
acute health effects, chronic health effects, luminol msds: Go to the Carolina Biological Supply Company website, and look at their MSDS for Luminol. It shows Carcinogenicity - NTP: NO Carcinogenicity - IARC: NO Carcinogenicity - OSHA: NO Explanation Carcinogenicity: NO INGREDIENT OF A CONCENTRATION OF 0.1% OR ...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: oilfield safety, oilfield safety, duty clause
oilfield safety, duty clause, safety violation: The answer is really, not a direct one according to OSHA. http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/guides/extended.html However, when there is not a direct regulation, the general duty clause says the owner is responsible if anything does go wrong....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: popcorn ceiling, asbestos abatement, asbestos disposal
asbestos abatement, asbestos disposal, popcorn ceilings: Hi again. Well I had to say that first....I don t want to put myself on the hook for giving out advice that is against governmental policy. You understand. As long as you keep it sopping wet and it doesn t dry out your are using the right method...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: possible abestos exposure?, rodent droppings, hazardous debris
rodent droppings, hazardous debris, light microscopy: Dear Worried, To answer your question first: Yes I know how to tell....the only way to tell if there is abestos present is to take a 1 square sample of the material to a testing lab. The testing lab eill used polarized light microscopy to determine if the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Suspended scaffold - 2-point swing stage safety, swing stage, weather conditions
swing stage, weather conditions, scaffold: My apologies for the delay in answering this question, as I have been out of the country on a cruise & just got back this morning. The answer is that the scaffold manufacturer is the deciding source for the usage, including weather conditions, of the scaffolding....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Suspended scaffold - 2-point swing stage safety, Swing Stage Scaffold safety
Swing Stage Scaffold safety: Anna, Great question! The regulation in OSHA that governs swing stage scaffold is 29 CFR 1926.451 More specifically, if you look at 29 CFR 1926.451(f)(8) Employees shall be prohibited from working on scaffolds covered with snow, ice, or other slippery...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: thanks sir ,, oil service company, incident rate
oil service company, incident rate, workdays: Subject: thanks sir , Question: Dear sir, thanks to help me for last question. I am Faisal.s.ismail, I am a communications engineer, work h.s.e manger in oil service company , and am new in this type of works, but i start love my work. That’s why i want...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Window Replacement on my home, lowe s, private residences
lowe s, private residences, home depot: THank you for this question. Just so you know, OSHA regulates construction, general industry & maritime workplaces. They have NO jurisdiction regarding private residences. My advice is to go to Home Depot or Lowe s, take some photos of the windows you...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Band Cutters, tight bands, forest products industry
tight bands, forest products industry, band spring: Subject: Band Cutters Question: We repeatedly get band spring lacerations even though we are training and monitoring well. I ve tested numerous band cutters but cannot find any that both (a) keep the cut band spring back to a minimum and at the same time...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: changes in the workplace, changes in the workplace, safety culture
changes in the workplace, safety culture, new buildings: Joel, Changes in the workplace from environmental to human resources can and do impact OHS. Growth of an organization typically introduces new employees in a work environment they may not be familiar with. It is important to indoctrinate all new employees...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: changes in the workplace, changes in the workplace, marking pen
changes in the workplace, marking pen, negative manner: Subject: Changes in the workplace Question: Hi again Mike, we have a relatively young business. I have a question related to changes in the workplace. What types of changes in the workplace may impact on OHS and your ability to implement policies and procedures?...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Ergonomics injury, dear bill, statue of limitations
dear bill, statue of limitations, osha: Dear Bill,before I can respond I need to obtain information from you. my first question is how were you injured? Are you under a physician s care for the injury? Second; do you have any documentation that you advised your employer of the injury potential?...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: record keeping, fall protection equipment, proper inspection
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: record keeping, fall protection equipment, proper inspection, inspection records

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: sleeve length
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: sleeve length

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: TRIR Rate for one quarter, man hours, osha
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: TRIR Rate for one quarter, man hours, osha, fraction

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Hangar safety, Wearing IPods at Work
Wearing IPods at Work: April, Great question! Here s is the take on wearing IPods, MP3 players and the like, if you have a hearing conservation program, you as an employer cannot control the volume on the players and they should not be worn by anyone working in a noisy environment....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Hard Hats, hard hats, lunch rooms
hard hats, lunch rooms, hvac companies: Subject: Hard Hats Question: For HVAC Companies, are you suppose to wear hard hats when working in a residential environment? Answer: Elvia, Hard hats are required by OSHA codes for work where there are “overhead hazards” and a few select jobs. That...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Injury in the work place, 29 CFR 1910.147 Lock Out
29 CFR 1910.147 Lock Out: Shaun, I hope you are not injured too severely and you are fortunate to be alive after an experience like that! In my experience with robots and lockout tag out, I can say that your company does not have a very good procedure for dealing with what you...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: lighting inconsistencies in workplace, Lighting issues
Lighting issues: Pat, Great question! Unfortunately I am not a lighting expert, but I have had some experience with problems lighting can cause in the workplace. In one manufacturing facility the increased the lighting thinking it would improve productivity, when in...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: oven, natural gas safety, gas appliances
natural gas safety, gas appliances, potent chemical: Subject: Oven Question: Hi, when I cook and turn the burner on, I smell gas for a little while which I assume is normal in a gas stove, my question is, I heard that the amount of gas I smell is minimal and that it is sulfur that I am smelling. Is this true?...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: record keeping contd, Record keeping access
Record keeping access: Joel, I quick and simple answer to your question is that you provide records to anyone legally authorized to have those records. For instance, if you have an accident and for whatever reason the police investigate, not usual in the US, unless it is...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: relating to people from diverse backgrounds, education values, safety effort
education values, safety effort, safety concept: Subject: Relating to people from diverse backgrounds Question: Hi Mike, I got asked a question at an interview a while back and it was one that I had difficulty answering (the role was related to health and safety) it was something like “Why is it vitally...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Spray paint cans, Capped Spray Cans
Capped Spray Cans: David, Good question! Based on my limited research of the topic capping spray cans I can not find anything in the standards that require that all spray cans must be capped. It s a good idea and a safe practice to recap all spray cans to prevent...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: sleeve length, long sleeve shirts, rule of thumb
long sleeve shirts, rule of thumb, park maintenance: Thank you for this question. For construction projects, our rule of thumb is 4 inch sleeves at a minimum. If you are working on items such as welding, masonry or concrete pours, we require long sleeve shirts. The best answer I can give you is whatever your...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: TRIR Rate for one quarter, incident rate, first three months
incident rate, first three months, michael brown: Subject: TRIR Rate for one quarter Question: What is the formula for calculating a company s TRIR, for example, the first three months of 2010? Answer: James, I am not positive as to what the abbreviation TRIR means although I would guess you are talking...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Compressed air for cleaning machines, proper eye protection, osha compliance
proper eye protection, osha compliance, osha standards: Subject: Compressed air for cleaning machines Question: In the question below, you mentioned a device if deadheaded will reduce the pressure to 30 psi--what is this device? Clyde Answer: Clyde, most nozzles for use with compressed air sold today and...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Dart rating, Recordable
Recordable: Stuart, Excellent question. The question that has to be asked, is this a recordable incident? If the employee did not miss work or have work restrictions this would not be recordable. However, if he was prescribed medicated eye drops, which ALL doctors...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: drinking water, Drinking Water
Drinking Water: Dorian, Excellent question. No, they cannot say you cannot drink water. 29 CFR 1910.141(b)(1)(i) Potable water shall be provided in all places of employment, for drinking, washing of the person, cooking, washing of foods, washing of cooking or eating...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: drinking water on the job site., Water on the Job
Water on the Job: Robert, Great question. The way the OSHA standard is worded is that An adequate supply of potable water shall be provided in all places of employment. In many cases OSHA interprets this to mean that the sub-contractors should supply their employees...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Extension Cord use/violation, public sidewalk, duty clause
public sidewalk, duty clause, trip hazards: IT is also mentioned in housekeeping section, and when all else fails, ask yourself this question: is this a recognized hazard (i.e. tripping) & if the answer is yes, then you have to correct it. It can be cited using the General Duty Clause. I hope...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Fall-Protection, seam metal roof, standing seam metal roof
seam metal roof, standing seam metal roof, standing seam metal: Thank you for this question. Under the fall protection standard, you must have fall protection within 6 feet of the leading edge. The easiset way to comply with your client s wishes are to run a lifeline from the roof ridge to the point of access for the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Fall Protection, Fall Protection
Fall Protection: Cully, The OSHA standard is not clear about when to tie off on a low sloped roof. They do state that if you are accessing the roof and not performing work near the edge you do not need to be tied off. However, the contractor is taking the position...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Fall Safety, osha regs, osha guidelines
osha regs, osha guidelines, army corps of engineers: Thank you for this question. Military installations do have an instruction (regulation) that will supercede OSHA in many case. That document is the EM-385. This manual can be downloaded from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers website at www.usace.army.mil/CESO....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Foundries, material safety data sheets, safety data sheets
material safety data sheets, safety data sheets, material safety data: Subject: Foundries Question: Hello Mike which chemical agent account for cancer in foundries and how would I access the degree of workers risk there? Thanks Kris Answer: Kris, the nature of the potential hazards in any foundry operation will depend...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: drinking water on the job site., drinks, lunch
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: drinking water on the job site., drinks, lunch

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Galvanized Steel in Garden Bed, Zinc in the Garden
Zinc in the Garden: Michael, Great question. There shouldn t be any problem with the galvanized brackets in your garden causing you any problems. The zinc should not cause you a problem, as a matter of fact, research on zinc and it is a helpful mineral for the body. Galvanized...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: galvanized metal, Fire the Fire Ring!
Fire the Fire Ring!: Art, Oh my, no its not safe, do you know what they put in hot dogs? lol, just kidding. Hey your ring seems large enough and if you are not physically burning the ring, it s probably not getting hot enough to give off zinc oxide. If the ring is rusting...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Hot water, occupational safety and health standards, osha regulations
occupational safety and health standards, osha regulations, occupational safety and health: Subject: Hot water Question: My employer does not provide hot water at any of the sinks in the office. We use cold water to wash our hands and our dishes in the break room. Is this legal? Answer: Jessica, no with qualifications, the OSHA regulations...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: illumination, Lights in Tunnel
Lights in Tunnel: Farisse, Great question. The construction standard does not specify the type of illumination provided. Here is an answer from a letter of interpretation in the construction standard that will assist you. Question 2: Is illumination provided by vehicle-powered...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: LTIF, national safety council, osha records
national safety council, osha records, incident rate: Subject: LTIF Question: Please show me how to calculate LTIF I am really confused. Please show me how to calculate LTIF for my co. i.e. Total Accident is 2 nos. Total Man hours is 475000 & Total Km driven is 4,169,535. Answer: The Km driven does not...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: pl z reply me, osha recordable, payroll records
osha recordable, payroll records, incident rate: Subject: pl z reply me Question: How to calculate Frequency rte ,Severity rate .lost time injury non lost time injury, total man hrs worked, death rate Answer: They are all calculated the same basic way: The sum of the number of (OSHA Recordable...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: pro's and con's of OSHA safety, OSHA Pro's and Con's
OSHA Pro's and Con's: Shaneice, The best guide to the OSHA safety standards, both 29 CFR 1910 general industry and 29 CFR 1926 construction standards. But I don t think you will find the answer you are looking for there. You will have to understand the history of OSHA and...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Recordable and Lost Time Frequency Rates, national safety council, frequency rates
national safety council, frequency rates, incident rate: Subject: Recordable and Lost Time Frequency Rates Question: One of my customers is asking how they calculate their Recordable and Lost Time Frequency Rates. Is there a specific formula, or charts that I can be directed to? This is an engineering firm....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Reflective Vest Usage, Safety Vest
Safety Vest: Jim, Great question. The safety vest is for visibility of personnel working around mobile machinery. I would have to say you should do the opposite. Whenever they are within the taped off area where there is mobile traffic, the vest should be worn....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Safety meeting timeline., Safety Topics
Safety Topics: Terrance, Great question! Safety meeting topics should be directed to current safety issues you are experiencing. For an example, if your most recent injuries are related to employees getting cuts or lacerations from handling parts, the safety topic...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: safety, national safety council, recordable injuries
national safety council, recordable injuries, incident rates: Subject: Safety Question: Dear sir, I’m Nijin from India right now let me ask one question for calculating severity rate we are using the formula and we are multiplying with 1,000000 my question why we are using 100000 what’s the reason for using that figure....

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: stading on forks, industry safety standards, osha website
industry safety standards, osha website, personnel platform: Thank you for this question. The answer is NO, you cannot stand on the forks or any forklift. Refer to the 29CFR1910 General Industry Safety Standards on the OSHA website at www.osha.gov. If you need to use a forklift to do work at higher levels, you MUST...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Workerscomp, Workers Comp
Workers Comp: Crystal, Great question. Yes, they are walking on the edge of negligence when deciding not to send an injured employee to seek medical treatment. Burn injuries are very dangerous types of injuries because they open the skin up to infection. They cannot...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: EHS Manager - Effectiveness., michael brow, dupont safety
michael brow, dupont safety, safety supervision: Subject: EHS Manager - Effectiveness. Question: Hi Mike, I am working as EHS Manager in well known organization, but many senior employees working in organization from last 10 years and their approach towards safety is very casual. What steps I have to...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lost time injury frequency rate, incident rate, year 1
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lost time injury frequency rate, incident rate, year 1, osha

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA kennel procedure
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA kennel procedure

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Industry benchmarks, injury occurrence, injury severity
injury occurrence, injury severity, industry benchmarks: Subject: Industry benchmarks Question: I would like to understand what industry benchmark is for acceptable levels of injury frequency rate and injury severity rates. I am calculating these rates using 200,000 constant. Thank you for your answer. Answer:...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lost time injury frequency rate - follow-up, overtime hours, many different ways
overtime hours, many different ways, frequency rate: Subject: Lost time injury frequency rate - follow-up Question: Thanks so much Michael. When providing Man-hours our Risk Management Department removes all non-productive hours such as Vacation, Holidays, Sick leave, LOA, etc. In other words they provide...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lost time injury frequency rate, time injury, frequency rate
time injury, frequency rate, incident rate: Subject: Lost time injury frequency rate Question: Dear Sir, I wanted to know, is it possible to calculate lost time injury frequency rate on monthly basis. Our company is following OSHA formula of calculating, i.e. Formula: (No of Lost-Time Injuries...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Mod Rate, insurance risk assessment, workmens comp
insurance risk assessment, workmens comp, osha compliance: My apologies for not answering sooner, as I have been out of town on other business. Thank you for this question. This is a common dilemma for small contractors. Because you don t have a lot of working manhours as say a large company, even just one injury...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA kennel procedure, animal feces, osha regulations
animal feces, osha regulations, paper towels: Nicole, Great question! There are no OSHA regulations specifically for kennels and cleaning dog feces. I am not aware of any specific hazards associated with the exposure you outlined, but I certainly would want to be wearing some type of protection...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Pre-existing conditions and noncompliance with medications, acute exacerbation, medication regimen
acute exacerbation, medication regimen, blood pressure medication: Subject: Pre-existing conditions and noncompliance with medications. Question: I am doing some contracting and have a question. We have an employee who has a previously diagnosed BP condition. He has been prescribed a blood pressure medication to control...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Safety performance, recordable injury, man days
recordable injury, man days, organization subject: Subject: Safety performance Question: How to calculate accident free man days for an organization? Answer: The most common method is to just count the calendar days between the accidents and the current date. Example: If the last “Recordable” injury...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Water Fountains, field sanitation, sanitation standards
field sanitation, sanitation standards, water fountains: Subject: Water Fountains Question: Had heard that water fountains need to have a 3 inch arch of the water per regulations, so that mouths are not placed on the spout. Have you heard of this? Answer: Maureen, no I have not heard of this and a quick review...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: work place working conditions, osha complaint, osha regulations
osha complaint, osha regulations, hygiene reasons: Barb, Personal hygiene in the workplace is always a touchy subject for management. I cannot believe that management has not at least, given this lady her own chair because of personal hygiene reasons alone. Unfortunately, management is correct in stating...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Allowable levels of chemicals in water, sodium hypochlorite
sodium hypochlorite: John excellent question, the maximum residual amount of sodium hypochlorite in water as established by the EPA is 4 mg/L. Here is a link to information you requested. If you have further questions or need any additional information, do not hesitate to contact...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Excessive Heavy Lifting on the Job, garbage cans, osha standards
garbage cans, osha standards, residential garbage: Subject: Excessive Heavy Lifting on the Job Question: Waste collection workers lift and empty 95 gallon waste containers onto the back of collection trucks. The empty container weighs about 70 pounds. These workers serve hundreds of residences each day,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: frequency, national safety council, incident rate
national safety council, incident rate, recordable injuries: Thank you for this questions. THe incident rate is number of recordable injuries times 200000 divided by the number of manhours worked. This is based on an industry average of 100 employees working for a year would have worked 200,000 hours. THe frequency...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Incidents vs. OSHAs, safety committee members, pyramid theory
safety committee members, pyramid theory, osha injury: Subject: Incidents vs. OSHAs Question: Mike, I was told once that on average, for every three industrial incidents (accidents) that you have you will experience 1 OSHA Injury. Is this true and is there proof of this theory available? Thank you John ...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lifting light poles, assorted debris, osha regulation
assorted debris, osha regulation, humble apologies: Thank you for this question. My humble apologies for the delay in answering, as I have been on the road for the last week & unable to get to my email. OSHA is specific about using a qualified rigger to hook up the loads. They reference this in 29CFR1926...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lost Time, transitional/light duty
transitional/light duty: T great question! First and foremost, it is important to get the employee back into the working environment as soon as possible after they are injured. Studies show that the longer an employee is out of work, the less likely the employee will return to work...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: ladders as an acceptable work platform, Ladder not a work platform
Ladder not a work platform: Thomas excellent question! Yes by definition a ladder is NOT a work platform, therefore, working from a ladder in an electrical application would not be a good work platform. Ladders are designed to access areas for a temporary basis, they are not designed...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OFFICE DISTANCE FROM H.V. TRANSFORMER, Transformer Installation
Transformer Installation: Sumit, Excellent question! The distance offices should be from high voltage transformers is dependent on the amount of voltage available in the event of an arch flash and what type of enclosure the transformer is in. In the US the National Electric...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Does OSHA recommend products?, accrediting agencies, product approval
accrediting agencies, product approval, ansi standards: Thank you for this question. The short answer is no, OSHA does not approve nor recommend products. What the do is reference the ANSI standards, NFPA standards, and other accrediting agencies. I recommend you go to the ANSI and/or ISEA websites and research...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: What is protection against Tritium gas ?, tritium gas, mask cartridge
tritium gas, mask cartridge, google: Dear Shivam, I have been out of the office on holiday but I was able to look into your request. As I do not have any first hand knowledge with Tritium; I found the links below have invaluable information. Hope this helps Duane http://www.covwc.com/lcarticles/archives/000089.php...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Working out of your own vehicle, restroom facility, restroom facilities
restroom facility, restroom facilities, consultation program: Mike, Great question! Although it may not violate any laws, this is in a very gray area. Employers are suppose to provide a restroom facility with hot running water. I don t know how this applies to security personnel where they are located at a remote...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: walkways, Forklift Aisles
Forklift Aisles: Brenda, Great question! Forklift aisles should be wide enough to accommodate the safe travel of forklifts and the material they are handling. For instance, if you have forklifts carrying long sheets of metal, then the aisles should be wide enough to at...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: breathing fiberglass dust, fiberglass dust, types of ventilation
fiberglass dust, types of ventilation, air hoses: Subject: Breathing fiberglass dust Question: Outside of wearing a respirator for fiberglass dust, does the employer have the responsibility of blocking off and containing the dust to a small area. Where I work I run a machine and across a 10 foot open isle...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Career advice, certified industrial hygienist, occupational safety and health
certified industrial hygienist, occupational safety and health, job satisfaction: Subject: Career Advice Question: Sincerely is a career in safety and health really a rewarding one in the long run and are there any prospects of growth up the cooperate ladder, posts like chief operating officer or chief executive officer. Answer: Yes,...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Electrical appliances in the workplace, osha inspector, 29 cfr 1910
osha inspector, 29 cfr 1910, coffee pots: April, excellent question! The first thing we must examine is the OSHA standards, specifically 29 CFR 1910.303(b)(2)Installation and use. Listed or labeled equipment shall be installed and used in accordance with any instructions included in the listing or...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lost Time Injury
Subject: Lost Time Injury Question: Lost Time Injury is a work-related injury or illness that results an individual is unable to work on a subsequent scheduled work day or shift. However I work in a production shop with contractor employees. What if an...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: OSHA recordable
Subject: OSHA recordable Question: If a temp worker suffers an OSHA recordable injury, is the temp agency, the facility where the injury occurred, or both responsible for reporting it? Answer: Normally if the company using the temporary worker has any...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: office hygiene, office hygiene, company rents
office hygiene, company rents, stall walls: Ms. Sick this is not a case for OSHA. I m assuming since you are female, this is occurring in a women s bathroom? I only thought this happens in men s bathrooms! Thanks for enlightening me. I wish there was an easy answer to this question, but there is...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: welding and cutting written plan, copper pipes, hazardous materials training
copper pipes, hazardous materials training, plan question: OSHA has a requirement for a written health & safety plan for the type of work you do. Generally most contractors have a written Health & Safety Manual. OSHA also mandates training to the workers concerning the hazards they will be working with, and how to...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Being able to drink water on the job, human resource representative, liquid containers
human resource representative, liquid containers, water consumption: Dear Kat, I have seen in my client s workplaces new restrictions about open liquid containers. Even though my specialty is protective eyewear; I d be surprised if your employer would disregard a signed note/rx for treatment from your doctor. My suggestion...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Back Braces, prospective cohort study, back injury prevention
prospective cohort study, back injury prevention, niosh publications: Subject: Back Braces Question: Does OSHA have any regulations on wearing back braces? What is the liability when a company supplies the back brace when requested by an employee? Answer: William, the recommendations on the use of “back belts – the devices...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Cleaning supplies, osha rules, flammable storage
osha rules, flammable storage, storage locker: Thank you for this question. All chemicals must be stored in a safe secured manner. This generally means in a chemical / flammable storage locker. It does not make sense to store the cleaning supplies out in the public areas as that act can set the company...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Crane Operator Leaving a crane in operation, lattice boom, crane operator
lattice boom, crane operator, truck crane: Thank you for this question. The short answer is NO, the operator cannot be out of the crane while the load is suspended in the air. Both OSHA & the NCCO address this specifically. IF your crane operator has a CCO card, then for sure there is NO excuse...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Who certifies an accident as OSHA Lost Time?, company doctor, supervisory duties
company doctor, supervisory duties, work comp: Subject: Who certifies an accident as OSHA Lost Time? Question: Good day. We recently had an incident on-site that resulted in a back injury for one of our employees. It happened overnight, so the employee was sent to an ER for treatment. Normally...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Date of injury, osha regs, health office
osha regs, health office, work comp: Subject: Date of injury Question: I am confused I read a question that was asked of OSHA by a company about the Date of Injury. If an employee is injured in 2010, and documented with Accident Report, and documented in the health office, but the EE doesn...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Incidence Rate Calculation, incident rate, 4 months
Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Incidence Rate Calculation, incident rate, 4 months, time frame

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Incidence Rate Calculation, safety effort, incident rate
safety effort, incident rate, safety advisor: Subject: Incidence Rate Calculation Question: I am the safety advisor on a small project employing approximately 50 men which has only run for 4 months with 13 recordable incidence and 32000 hrs worked. Using the standard formula seems to give us an extremely...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Lost Time Reporting, osha 300 log, time loss
osha 300 log, time loss, lost time: Subject: Lost Time Reporting Question: In rolling up end-of-year lost-time and restricted days, how should ongoing days off or restricted that overlap years be counted. (i.e.: Incident occurs in mid-December 2010 causing employee to be off work until...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Powered Industrial Trucks, pallet jacks, osha standards
pallet jacks, osha standards, industrial trucks: Thank you for this question. My apologies for the delay in answering as I have been out with the flu. The answer is yes, they do fall under the OSHA standards and do require training. Also, they should be inspected at least once per shift to ensure they...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: Using a crane as fall protection, mobile crane, crane operator
mobile crane, crane operator, anchor point: Thank you for this question. Factoring in the weight limit of th line and attaching devices, and IF the crane operator was in the seat the whole time, and if there was no better choice, then I would say yes you can use it. I have had contractors use the...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: How to calculate LTIFR and LTISR ?, injury severity, incident frequency
injury severity, incident frequency, time injury: Thank you for this question. My apologies in the delay in answering as I was on vacation until this morning. The definition of L.T.I.F.R. is the number of Lost Time Injuries multiplied by 1 million divided by the number of manhours worked in the ...

Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards: lifting, occupational safety and health, duty clause
occupational safety and health, duty clause, prolonged periods: Subject: lifting Question: I work in the operating room of a large hospital. The instrument pans are getting very heavy. Are there restrictions on how heavy these pans can be. Other hospitals in our area seem to limit the weight. Thank you Answer:...