29 CFR 1910 – Lab Safety Standards : Training Requirements

Reviewing Lab Safety Standards When working in or managing any type of laboratory, you need to always have the best possible safety standards in place. Labs are typically filled with all sorts of hazardous chemicals and materials that can cause serious health and safety issues for those working in the area, and even those in

Why Lockout/Tagout Matters for Safety in the Workplace

Lockout/tagout is an integral part of electrical safety in the workplace, and OSHA standard 1910.147 requires that employers create a lockout/tagout system for their facilities. Sometimes lockout/tagout precautions are overlooked, though, either by workers, supervisors or employers. Some say lockout/tagout isn’t necessary or takes too much time, but ignoring proper electrical safety procedures can have

Respiratory Protection – Understanding OSHA Standard 1910.134

Employers must provide workers with proper personal protective equipment (PPE), according to OSHA Standard 1910.132. Some types of PPE like hardhats or steel-toed boots are less complicated than others like respirators, though. Respiratory protection is a class of PPE that contains many varieties of equipment, and OSHA has dedicated a separate section of its code—1910.134—to

Lockout/Tagout – 1910.147

Reviewing OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout – 1910.147 Standard The lockout/tagout – 1910.147 regulations were put in place by OSHA to help reduce the number of accidents and injuries in the workplace. Many people were being hurt while working on heavy machinery, because they did not properly disengage the power source before entering hazardous areas. Even though a

Heat Illness in the Workplace

Along with rising summer temperatures comes the risk of heat illnesses in workplaces across the country. Many of us have heard the terms “heat stroke” and “heat exhaustion” thrown around when the weather’s warm, but do you really know the difference and how to identify these illnesses? Do you know if your workers are at

How To Mark Your Site With Floor Tape for Ultimate Safety

Your All-in-One Floor Marking Tape Guide If you’ve been reading this site for any length of time, you have undoubtedly realized that floor tape is one of the most effective, yet underutilized, products on the market today. I’ve talked about it as part of a number of posts, and even dedicated entire blog posts to a

Human Factors – How Do They Impact Safety?

Safety managers who take time to put detailed safety programs in place will likely have significantly safer workplaces. It is also important, though, that safety professionals prepare for the human factors involved in safety, which are often much more difficult to control than tangible things like written documents and safety signs. Human factors generally refer

Safety – Good for People and Business

Business leaders understand that safety is important for an obvious reason: it prevents accidents in the workplace. Some decision makers, though, may feel implementing safety plans is too time consuming or requires too many costs up front to warrant the investment. As it turns out, however, safety is not only good for employees; it also

Practical Tips for Emergency Planning

Dangerous situations can arise quickly in the workplace. Knowing how to handle these situations requires adequate emergency planning, and this preparation shouldn’t be taken lightly. Your facility could encounter physical hazards like fires, chemical spills, dangerous weather or even workplace violence. We hear about workplace emergencies in the news on a daily basis. Two weeks