Employers’ Training Obligations

Most of OSHA’s standards have a “training” section requiring employees to be trained to perform their work in a healthful and safe manner. These standards use words like “Instruction” or “training” interchangeably. Some require “effecting” or “adequate” training. Some require …

New Year Requirements 2014

With the start of the New Year, there are a few annual requirements that might be coming due, as well as many things to think about in planning the year. The first thing companies should be thinking about is their …

Monitoring Basics Part 2

Calibration & Bump Testing Calibration and bump testing are often areas of confusion. Bump testing and calibration are two completely separate operations, though they are performed in a similar fashion. Calibration is the process of resetting established concentrations within the …

Monitoring Basics Part 1

Questions about monitors always seem to be common. There is so much that could be considered the “basics” of monitoring devices and monitoring practices that a few posts will be dedicated toward addressing various aspects of monitoring basics. This first …

Heat Exposure

With summer fast approaching, one safety & health concern employers often overlook is exposure to heat. Currently OSHA does not comprehensively address the issue of heat exposure. The following are a few guidelines for what are safe levels of heat …

Rescue Team Requirements

This post is in response to what seems to be a lot of confusion as to the requirements for a standby rescue team.  The following are the answers to a few questions and dilemmas we have run into. Q: When …

Tank Gauging Respirator Use

We had the following question come in: “I have a crew of guys who are going to location to gauge tanks. When they open the hatch, there is a chance they could get a blast of H2S or Benzene. This …