Eye Protection

Posted by Dr. P. Anderw Karam on 6/13/2017
Not sure about you, but I value my eyes – glasses and all. Whether it’s reading, appreciating a lovely view, watching TV or a movie…it’s all good! I know there are a lot of people who go through life with impaired vision – even blind – but I have to say that I hope I never have to make this adjustment. So, yes, I’m pretty serious about eye protection. Let’s start with what the regulations require, and then I’ll mention a few other things to keep in mind as well.

Slipping and Tripping

Posted by Dr. P. Andrew Karam on 4/17/2017
I have a friend who used to be a lawyer specializing in personal injuries – she represented the businesses or people who were being sued. A lot of her work was preventative in nature – advising her clients on how to avoid claims by eliminating (as much as possible) opportunities for injuries.

The Benefits of Anti-Reflective Glasses

Posted by admin on 6/27/2016
Anti-reflective coating is also known as AR coating or anti-glare coating. The coating improves vision, reduces eye strain and makes the lenses appear invisible. These benefits are due to the ability of anti-reflective coating to virtually eliminate reflections from the front and back surfaces of your eyeglass lenses. This article discusses anti-reflective coating in general as well as the benefits and drawbacks.

List of Famous Safety Slogans & Safety Quotes

Posted by admin on 6/23/2016
List of Famous Safety Slogans & Safety Quotes

Are Those Inexpensive iPad Sound Measurement Apps Any Good?

Posted by admin on 6/21/2016
Are those inexpensive iPad sound measurement apps any good? Are they as accurate as a properly calibrated $2,000 type 2 sound level meter? Find out in this study.

Lifting and Rigging Safety

Posted by Dr. P. Andrew Karam on 5/6/2016

We’ve had a number of questions about lifting and rigging safety so this seems like a good time to try to tackle some of the major issues. I should also say that this is not a comprehensive survey of the topic – just an introduction covering some of the more important issues.

How Much Current Can an Electrical Line Carry?

Posted by Dr. P. Andrew Karam on 4/20/2016

Boy – there are so many answers to this question, but the best is “It depends.” What it depends on primarily is the design of the electrical line – a high-tension power line is going to carry much more current than will the feeder line to an office (or apartment) building, and that feeder line will carry more juice than the line that runs to your home is going to carry. So the best answer, again, is “It depends.” But more important is that you have got to keep your electrical loads comfortably within the carrying capacity of your electrical lines, whether that’s the line feeding your home, your business, your shop, or whatever it is that you’re wiring up. In fact, you really shouldn’t exceed about 80% of the rated capacity of any electrical line, just to be safe. Also – and this is important – you should never try to push an electrical line (or fuse box or breaker box) beyond its rated capacity.

Free OSHA Fact Sheets, InfoSheets and Hazard Alerts

Posted by admin on 4/13/2016
Free OSHA Fact Sheets, InfoSheets and Hazard Alerts

Carbon Monoxide Factsheet - Download for Free

Posted by admin on 4/13/2016
Download this free Carbon Monoxide Factsheet from OSHA.

Ashley Furniture and its OSHA Violations

Posted by admin on 4/1/2016
Making the rounds in the news the past few months has been Ashley Furniture and its OSHA violations. OSHA has again cited Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. for alleged safety violations at one of its Wisconsin factories, saying the company failed to protect workers from moving machine parts.

Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Download OSHA Form 300, 300A, and 301

Posted by admin on 4/1/2016
OSHA requires that nearly all employers maintain properly-recorded accounts of work-related injuries and illnesses. Forms 300, 300A, and 301 will help you comply with this requirement.

OSHA Law & Regulations

Posted by admin on 3/31/2016
OSHA Law & Regulations

OSHA's Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System Search

Posted by admin on 3/31/2016
This page allows the user to search the 1987 version SIC manual by keyword, to access descriptive information for a specified 2,3,4-digit SIC

How Long Can a Spark Smolder?

Posted by Dr. P. Andrew Karam on 2/1/2016 to fire safety
Hello! We do a lot of grinding and welding, which can throw some sparks. How long can a spark smolder? And are there any other fire safety tips you can give us? Thanks! Interesting question – and the answer’s a bit more complicated than you might think. I was in the Navy for several years and we had to set a Fire Watch whenever hot work was taking place; in addition we had to keep a re-flash watch stationed after any fire had been put out, to make sure it didn’t flare back up when we left. Having a fire on a submarine is bad enough; even worse to have it come back. There were no hard-and-fast rules as to how long to station the re-flash watch or how long to keep the Fire Watch set after the hot work ended – normally we’d let it go after about a half hour, but it depended on a couple of factors.

Consequences of Drunk Driving

Posted by admin on 1/27/2016
A hard-hitting, and graphic video about Drunk Driving containing a compilation of car crashes.

Workplace Safety Tips - The Big List

Posted by admin on 1/20/2016
Ladies, and Gentleman: This is the Big List of Workplace Safety Tips. Share this page. Bookmark this page. Copy this page. Link to this page. Print this page.

Chemical Terrorism

Posted by Dr. P. Andrew Karam on 1/12/2016
Awhile back someone posted a question to this webpage about the likelihood of a chemical attack by terrorists. Given recent events, it seems like a good time to tackle this question, as well as to go into how to keep yourself (and your co-workers) safe if there is such an attack. What I’d like to do is, first, to give a little bit of background information, then to discuss the threat of a chemical attack and, finally, what you can do if one occurs.

Is Your Facility Complying With EPA's Parts 270 and 264?

Posted by Don Jackson on 1/11/2016
If your facility is generating more than 1000 Kg of hazardous waste or more than 1 Kg of acutely hazardous waste, even if only in one month, you must have a written contingency plan as described in 40 CFR Parts 270 and 264. These are federal requirements. Your state division of environmental protection may be even stricter.


Posted by Don Jackson on 1/11/2016
June 1, 2016 is the deadline for employers to update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.

How Do I Safely Transport Hazardous Materials Without Violating Regulations?

Posted by Dr. P. Andrew Karam on 11/9/2015
So you want (or need) to transport hazardous materials? Most people would probably ask “why”; if you work with hazardous materials on a regular basis you know why you’re transporting the materials – a better question is “how do I do it safely without violating any regulations?” I can go over some of the basics here, but if you’re transporting hazardous materials then you really need to schedule yourself (or one of your minions) for formal training on the subject...

Online Forklift Training

Posted by Admin on 11/6/2015
Our online forklift training course will help you comply with OSHA training requirements. Find out more here.

Confined Space Training - Web-Based Course

Posted by Admin on 11/6/2015
Our web-based Confined Space Entry training course provides the major areas of employee training required by the regulation. This course was created specifically for OSHA's Permit Required Confined Space Regulation (29 CFR Part 1910.146).

When is a Hazardous Waste Container Actually Empty? - EPA/RCRA v. DOT

Posted by Don Jackson on 11/2/2015
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) RCRA regulation allows a container that once held a non-acute hazardous waste to be considered empty and not subject to hazardous waste regulation when all waste that can be removed has been removed using common practices such as pouring, pumping, and aspirating. But did you know the DOT has a conflicting regulation? Find out more in this article.

Ebola and Other Scary Diseases

Posted by Dr. P. Andrew Karam on 10/30/2015
It seems as though every few years there’s another Ebola outbreak in Africa that gets the world’s attention. These epidemics are very real and they are tragedies for those who get sick, those who die, and their families. They’re also a tragedy for the medical personnel who make what is a genuinely heroic effort to care for their patients in what are typically primitive conditions – and too many of whom get sick and die as well. And they’re a tragedy for the governments that are so badly stressed dealing with a huge public health crisis...

Safety Third? Mike Rowe's Take on Workplace Safety

Posted by Admin on 10/29/2015
I ran across a safety blog article discussing a very interesting article and video produced by Mike Rowe entitled "Safety First or Just in the Top Three?" I think the Mike Rowe brings up some interesting points. I am posting a link to the video segment and also reprinting Rowe's article in its entirety because it appears the article was removed from Rowe's website at some point in the past. It looks like they updated the style of Rowe's website and neglected to keep the old content...
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