27 Sep 2017

It’s here!

Many safety professionals wait anxiously for OSHA to release their annual top ten cited standards. If you are a seasoned safety focused person, I bet you can guess the #1 most cited standard…. You got it! – Fall Protection, 1926.501. It seems every year fall hazards top the charts. The complete list was released to a crowd at the 2017 National Safety Council Expo in Indianapolis, IN.

For the full list of most cited standards, check out OH&S Magazine’s OSHA Unveils FY2017 Top Most-Cited Standards article.

What should you do?

Contact Quest Safety to talk with a trained sales professional about best practices, new products, and resources to reduce citations and prevent your next fall. There have been advancements in the industry by 3M Capital Fall Protection and Honeywell Miller Fall Protection. We want to connect you with the right product for the application.

 

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22 Jun 2016

In 2009, OSHA began aligning their Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 1994) also known as HazCom, with the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) adopted in 2003 by the United Nations. With HCS 1994, OSHA intent was to give workers knowledge of health, physical, and environmental hazards they may encounter in the workplace. The goal of what became HCS 2012 was to standardize hazardous information to make it easier for workers to understand quickly, especially in emergency situations.

The key changes to HazCom and GHS are hazard classification; standardization of labels with signal words, pictograms, and hazard information; converting previously used Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to a new standardized format, Safety Data Sheets (SDS).  Compliance with the new standard (HCS 2012/29 CFR 1910.1200) began in 2012 with a final deadline of June 2016. At that time all chemical users and producers must adhere to the new regulations.

For additional information see:
OHSA’s Hazard Communication Page
Free OSHA Training Tutorial – Understanding the GHS Labeling System
Free OSHA Training Tutorial – Understanding GHS Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s)
GHS Training: Passing Deadlines Don’t Mean the Work is Over from Occupational Health and Safety Magazine

24 Mar 2016

In June of 2015, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) approved an update to the ANSI/ISEA Z308.1 Standard: Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies. The standard is set to go into effect June 2016.

OSHA’s medical service and first aid regulation, 29 CFR 1910.151(b) states:

In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available.

The new ANSI Z308.1-2015 update now includes two classes of first aid kits, based on the contents and quantity of first aid supplies included in those kits. Class A kits are designed for the most common workplace injuries. Class B kits have a wider range of supplies to deal with more complex injuries or high-risk environments. The 2015 update also designates first aid kits by Type (I, II, III, or IV). The Type is determined by the work environment where the kit will be used.  Download our ANSI Z308.1-2015 Fast Facts sheet for more information on the update as well as a comparison between the -1998 and -2015 edition of the standard.

 

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Resources

ANSI Z308.1-2015 Fast Facts (PDF)

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First Aid Only ANSI 2015 Product Catalog (PDF)

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18 Mar 2016

By now I’m sure you have already read our post “New Standards for Cut Protection” with a reference to OH&S Magazine’s article. We thought we would arm you with more information to better explain the newly revised standards and keep you protected. Download a fast facts sheet from our partners at Protective Industrial Products below.

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Download PIP Fast Facts Sheet (450kb PDF)

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