NSC Safety Congress & Expo is Back – With an Emphasis on Safety

The world’s largest annual safety, health and environmental event – the NSC Safety Congress & Expo – is up ahead, with Professional Development Seminars taking place Oct. 8-10 and 13-14, and the Congress & Expo Oct. 11-13. Thousands of professionals and exhibitors from around the world will flock to the Orange County Convention Center in…

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Test Showers and Eyewashes How Often?

By: David Withee, Contributor Short answer: weekly. Middle answer: testing annually, activating weekly. Long answer: as often as needed to meet OSHA requirements and expectations for your circumstances. You see, OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.151 (C) words it simply, “Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable…

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Machinery & Machine Guarding, General Industry – Regulation 29 CFR 1910.212

Ranking: 10 A Workplace Story From a California Case Report: A 38-year-old machine operator was strangled when his shirt got caught on a rotating knob of a printing machine. The rotating knob did not have any guarding or protective barriers around it to prevent inadvertent contact. The victim had 14 years of prior experience operating…

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Eye and Face Protection – Regulation 29 CFR 1926.102

Ranking: 9 A Workplace Story Barry Weatherall did wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while he prepared chemicals used for cleaning copper pipes. The plumbing and heating engineer added a neutralizing element to sulfuric acid and then left the immediate area to write a work procedure report while the chemicals neutralized. He removed his safety glasses,…

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Powered Industrial Trucks, General Industry – Regulation 29 CFR 1910.178

Ranking: 7 A Workplace Story From a NIOSH In-house FACE Report: A 16-year-old part-time worker died when the forklift he was operating tipped over during a turn occurring as the truck was going from a paved alley onto a gravel surface. The worker, who was not wearing the forklift’s seat belt, either jumped or was…

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Ladders, Construction – Regulation 29 CFR 1926.1053

Ranking: 5 A Workplace Story From a California FACE report: It was raining and the steps of an 8-foot-straight ladder that was leaning against a 3-tiered storage shelf unit at a grocery market were slippery. The 72-year-old part-time grocery worker who was on the ladder on that January morning fell backward off it and landed…

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Scaffolding, General Requirements, Construction – Regulation 29 CFR 1926.451

Ranking: 4 A Workplace Story From a Wisconsin FACE report: A 59-year-old male plaster laborer in Wisconsin died after falling from a scaffold and striking his head on asphalt pavement. The victim and a co-worker had erected the welded tubular scaffolding on the outside wall of a single-story building and planned to bring the railings…

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Respiratory Protection, General Industry – Regulation 29 CFR 1910.134

Ranking: 3 A Workplace Story A California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (CA/FACE) Program report: A bathtub refinisher, working alone in a small apartment bathroom, died of methylene chloride exposure while using the chemical to remove paint from a bathtub. The victim was not wearing any respiratory protection. The bathroom had a small, open window…

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