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June 20, 2016

OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Final Rule

EWN strives to set the safety & compliance industry standard by understanding regulatory changes and updating existing courses as needed. OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Final Rule takes effect on June 23rd, 2016.┬á┬áThe Final Rule includes separate standards for Construction (29 CFR 1926.1153) and General Industry and Maritime (29 CFR 1910.1053). Here are the changes: Respirable crystalline silica permissible exposure limit (PEL) reduced to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air (8-hour average shift). Employers are required: Use engineering controls to limit worker exposure to┬áPEL Provide respirators when engineering controls cannot limit exposure Limit worker access to high exposure areas Develop a written exposure control plan Offer medical exams to highly exposed workers Train workers on silica risks and how to limit┬áexposure┬á EWN has you covered when it comes to training your workers on the hazards of silica exposure in the workplace. Our course┬á17335-EWN-CBT-Respirable Crystalline Silica (OSHA) has been updated to reflect the noted changes, and will be available on June 23, 2016, so that you can begin educating your employees. Although employees will require training on the new safety and compliance measures, there are also company specific requirements you must understand and be prepared to implement.┬áPlease note that employers should […]
June 25, 2015

Safety First: OSHA Heat App

Summer is here and so are the temperatures! Safety must come first when working outside during the summertime to avoid heat-related illnesses. To assist with this, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has developed and released an OSHA Heat App for your mobile device! The OSHA Heat App calculates the current heat index and risk level of a particular area or job site using the current temperature and humidity level. Based on the heat index and risk level, the OSHA Heat App provides a Precautions button to help reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses and accidents. By clicking the Precautions button, the user will receive reminders for such things as rest breaks and fluid intake. The OSHA Heat App is available in English and Spanish for Andriods or iPhones. To download your OSHA Heat App today, please visit: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html.
May 21, 2015

OSHA Confined Space Construction Final Rule

On May 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a Final Rule addressing Confined Spaces in Construction (29 CFR Part 1926). This new subpart will be a comprehensive standard comprised of a permit program aimed at protecting employees from associated work hazards in confined spaces, such as atmospheric and physical. Furthermore, the Final Rule includes ΓÇ£several provisions addressing construction-specific hazards, accounts for advancements in technology, and improves enforceability of the requirements.ΓÇ¥ The new comprehensive subpart standard will replace OSHAΓÇÖs one training requirement for confined spaces. Confined spaces present a number of atmospheric and physical challenges that can be life-threatening if not addressed. Such challenges include limited or difficult exit points in case of emergency, exposure to toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions, and asphyxiation. OSHAΓÇÖs Confined Space in Construction Final Rule considers such hazardous conditions and is written with an emphasis on training and communication for the employees to save and protect lives and property. U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The department’s Reasonable Accommodation Resource Center converts departmental information and documents into alternative formats, which include Braille and large print. For alternative format requests, please contact the department at (202) 693-7828 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 […]
January 23, 2015

Training: Cold Stress and Related Dangers

Cold stress can be an issue for workers that are required to labor in any type of cold environment for an extended amount of time. During cold temperatures, the human body works harder to maintain a consistent internal temperature. According to OSHA, cold stress occurs when an individualΓÇÖs core (or internal) temperature is lowered by a reduction in the skinΓÇÖs temperature as a result of exposure to weather elements. Prevention is the most important key to successfully combating cold stress and the related dangers. Prevention is a shared responsibility between employers and workers. Employers can provide worker training on how to prevent, recognize, and react to cold stress illnesses and injuries in the workplace. Additionally, employers should provide engineering controls, establish safe work practices, policies, and procedures, and provide warm break areas. However, employees must dress properly and use the proper PPE to effectively prevent cold stress illnesses and accidents. Although cold temperatures play a significant role in cold stress, there are other factors that contribute to the impact and severity of cold stress. These factors include wind chill, level of moisture, level of preparedness (both with dressing appropriately and first aid training), and workerΓÇÖs personal health and physical condition […]
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