Smoke Detector Safety: How to Choose the Best Smoke Detector for Your Home

As anyone who’s ever had a false fire alarm knows, smoke detectors are vital pieces of home safety equipment — but not all smoke detectors are created equal. If you’re looking to keep your home and family safe, it’s important to understand what smoke detector options are available, and which ones will offer you the

GHS Labels: An Overview

The Globally Harmonized System is a universally agreed upon standard for the classification and labeling of chemicals. It has been fully adopted by OSHA, making it the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard since 2015. When the United Nations developed GHS, they developed a labeling system that had consistent elements and a defined format. There are many

Creating an OSHA-Compliant Sign System

Visual communication is critical for a safe workplace. When implementing a safety sign program or updating your current system, you will need to follow OSHA standards and know what your facility needs. A new visual system may seem daunting, but you can get started today! Assess Your Space To start implementing or updating a signage

GHS Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Previously called MSDS (material safety data sheets) under the old OSHA HazCom Standard, safety Data Sheets are a critical part of GHS and are designed to communicate complete information about a chemical or mixture and how to mitigate any issues with handling or storage. Before GHS, the requirements for MSDSs were confusing and not very

Hearing Protection

How much noise or sound can your ears take? The sense of hearing and the organ in itself can only take so much. Occupational deafness has become common in many industries in recent decades because of the lack of measures to protect the ears. Like other senses, hearing has limitations that must be acknowledged by

Eye Protection for the Workplace

OSHA’s recent changes to injury and illness reporting requirements include a rule that states employers must report all accidents that result in an employee losing an eye. This type of event may not seem like something that occurs all that frequently, but thousands of people are blinded annually because of eye injuries in the workplace.

Agricultural Safety Practices

Photo: Hans Pennink/FEMA Farm work can be dangerous work. In 2012, 374 work-related fatalities occurred on farms, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which means the industry has a fatality rate significantly higher than most other industries. Additionally, approximately 167 farm workers experience lost-time injuries daily. Many farms do not fall

Hard Hat Selection & Maintenance

Workers in many professions must wear hard hats on the job. Construction workers, electricians, firefighters, welders and many others use this personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect their heads from falling or flying objects and from electrical hazards. OSHA requires that employers provide their employees with head protection when the following hazards exist: The potential for

How to Use a Personal Fall Arrest System

Fall protection violations are the most common citation issued by OSHA, and understandably so; in construction, falls account for the most worker fatalities annually. In 2012, 279 construction workers died as the result of falls. Employers are responsible for implementing a satisfactory fall protection program at any workplace where employees work at heights of six