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This is the second of four parts concerning producing a Safety and Health (S&H)Program under OSHA guidelines.  The first article concerned management leadership and employee involvement.  In this article we will discuss conducting a worksite survey. Management hires outside consultants as necessary to conduct surveys that...

OSHA suggests that Safety and Health (S&H) programs be divided into four segments: Management leadership and employee involvement; Worksite survey; Hazard prevention and control; Personnel training. These four elements should be carefully planned, implemented, and filed.  During the next four newsletters, each element will be discussed. ...

As many of you know, the silica standard is changing, and although OSHA has attempted to simplify the process, it is still confusing.  The new Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) is 50 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3).  This new PEL is for all forms of respirable...

Hexavalent chromium has been found to be extremely toxic.  It is manmade and widely created in many different industries.  Employees can be exposed to hexavalent chromium during the following; Production of chromate pigments and powders; chromic acid; chromium catalysts; dyes; and coatings. Working near chromium...

It is winter, and this is the time to ensure your family is safe from the “silent killer”.  Many deaths occur because of the production of Carbon Monoxide (CO) from the use of heating appliances during the winter. CO is produced in devices that use fuels,...

I was recently contracted by a home seller’s realtor to investigate a potential mold problem in the owner’s crawl space (“possible mold” was noted on the home inspector’s report). When entering the crawl space, I noticed a small amount of mold near the entrance, but I investigated...