Food flavoring linked to lung disease

OSHA launched a new enforcement program focusing on food flavorings containing diacetyl, the butter flavor chemical is linked to lung disease. The agency is in the rulemaking process to establish an exposure limit for the chemical.

Building contractor Allowing employees to work without fall protection

Construction companies have a history with OSHA for ignoring safety standards. OSHA inspectors observed roofers working without fall protection. To avoid heavy OSHA fines and safety violations, companies should provide workers with fall protection such as guardrail systems, safety nets, warning-line systems or personal fall arrest systems. Protect workers from overhead hazards by providing head protection. keeping your employees safe will save you $55,000 in FINES

Anheuser-Busch cited for safety violations at Columbus factory

Avoid safety violations!! Follow OSHA regulations

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced citations of Anheuser-Busch for two repeat and eight serious safety violations following a February inspection of its Columbus brewery’s ammonia refrigeration system, according to an OSHA release.

Proposed penalties against the company, which makes Budweiser and Bud Light beers and other beverages total $92,400.

The violations were cited under OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standards, which contain specific requirements for managing highly hazardous chemicals in work processes. One such chemical is anhydrous ammonia, widely used as a refrigerant in industrial facilities, including breweries. Ammonia can be a health hazard because it is corrosive to the skin, eyes and lungs, in addition to being flammable.

“Anheuser Busch has a responsibility to ensure the safe operation of its refrigeration systems by implementing an engineering process for the detection and control of potential ammonia systems releases,” said Deborah Zubaty, OSHA’s…

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No budget for safety incentives: What would you do?

A challenging scenario you might face in the workplace: A safety manager just completed OSHA Safety Training for all his staff and now is trying to motivate workers to think about safety improvements, but he doesn’t have the budget to offer incentives. What would you do in this situation?

Offering gift cards to people that came up with the most ideas works for company with budget for safety incentives.

If you were the safety manager, what would you do in this situation, and why?

OSHA Safety: Making the most of near-misses

OSHA Safety Training – Workplace Safety

No safety manager wants a near-miss to happen. But a close call can serve as a wake-up call for workers – and managers.
No one gets hurt, but employees and bosses still get the message that safety needs to be a top priority.
But near-misses are only an effective safety tool if you follow up on them and make sure workers and managers are aware of them.
Here are a few ideas to ensure you make the most of near-misses that may occur at your facility:
Treat it like a recordable. You don’t have to report a near-miss to OSHA, but going through an incident investigation, employee interviews and root-cause analysis will help you prevent similar cases in the future.
Share the story. If a worker has a near-miss, get him or her to share details at your next safety meeting.
Look for trends. One near-miss is a wake-up call. A series of near-misses is an indication you may have a serious hazard in your operations.
Consider severity. Near-misses are often a good way to spot process safety issues that could lead to a catastrophic incident.

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Is America Choosing Saving Over Safety In The Workplace?

Many standards promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) explicitly require the employer to train (or instruct, or communicate, or inform . . .) employees in the safety and health aspects of their jobs. Other OSHA standards make it the employer’s responsibility to limit certain job assignments to employees who are “certified,” “competent,” or “qualified” – meaning that they have had special previous training, in or out of the workplace. Yet over 90% of companies claims to have never heard of the requirement to have Occupational Safety and Health Safety Training for their employees. Safety training such as Bloodborne Pathogens, Ergonomic, Emergency Response and Prepareness, Fall Prevention, etc. are mandatory requirements in the workplace. Promoting safety culture in the workplace cost money and time and many employers are not willing and/or able to pay for these necessary training.

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