December 2018 Newsletter

Flammable and combustible liquids

Flammable and combustible liquids are liquids that can burn. They are classified, or grouped, as either flammable or combustible by their flash points. Generally speaking, flammable liquids will ignite (catch on fire) and burn easily at normal working temperatures. Combustible liquids have the ability to burn at temperatures that are…

Types of Hazards

Hazards exist in every workplace, but how do you know which ones have the most potential to harm workers? By identifying hazards at your workplace, you will be better prepared to control or eliminate them and prevent accidents, injuries, property damage and downtime. Firstly, a key step in any safety protocol…

The Myths Of Lockout/Tagout – Part 2

Myth: Each machine specific procedure must contain lots of detail OSHA: OSHA concurs with those commenters who stressed the need for flexibility in the standard. For example, the detail into which a procedure may have to go may vary depending upon the type of power the machine or equipment may…

OSHA Clarifies Drug Testing, Incentives

Agency Says Post-Incident Drug Testing, Safety Incentives OK Good news: OSHA is pulling back its previous stance on safety incentive programs and post-incident drug testing – the guidance that left many safety pros confused. OSHA issued anti-retaliation guidance in 2016 that gave examples of safety incentives and post-accident drug testing…

The Myths Of Lockout/Tagout – Part 1

Myth: I have to lockout energy whenever I do any service or maintenance OSHA: When such servicing may expose the employee to the unexpected activation of the machinery or equipment, or to the release of stored energy, this Final Rule will apply. Myth: There is no alternative to lockout when doing…