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Is It Time to Abandon the PEL Approach to Occupational Exposures?

by Kevin Guth

Let's face it: Our regulatory process to protect the health of workers is broken. Thi...


Exposure to Industrial Solvents: No Joking Matter

by Kevin Guth

Most painting firms that I have encountered concentrate their control efforts on prot...


Can the US Stop the Worker-Safety Yo-Yo?

by Michael Halliwell

Seeing just how political workplace safety in the U.S. has become, one can’t help but...


Design Ventilation Flow Rates for Blasting Containments: Who Decides?

by Kevin Guth

There are potential risks associated with specifying design ventilation flow rates th...


OSHA's Slips, Trips and Falls Rule Revamped

by Eric J. Conn

On January 17, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new Walking-...


The 'Fatal Four' and Your Worksite

by Michael Halliwell

I recently took the time to look at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administr...


OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Recordkeeping Rule, Part 1

by Eric J. Conn

OSHA’s recent reform to its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness...


Be Ready for What May Come

by Michael Halliwell

Kay Redfield Jamison once said, “There is always a part of my mind that is preparing ...


OSHA’s Enforcement Weighting System

by Eric J. Conn

Over the course of this year, employers can expect to see longer, more comprehensive ...


OSHA vs. DC Court: Statute of Limitations

by Eric J. Conn

Late last year I wrote about a significant rulemaking to amend OSHA’s injury and illn...


Coatings Safety On and Off the Job

by Michael Halliwell

As anyone who reads my blog knows, my job involves sampling paints for lead, conducti...


OSHA Withdraws Long-Planned Rule to Reduce Slips, Trips and Falls

by Eric J. Conn

In what can only be viewed as another example of OSHA’s inability to effectively adva...


OSHA Criminal Cases on the Rise

by Eric J. Conn

In the 40-plus years since Congress enacted the Occupational Safety and Health Act, t...


Unwelcome Surprises

by Michael Halliwell

A recent article in The Globe and Mail brought to light a disturbing trend in work-re...


OSHA’s Web Reporting Tool: Use with Caution

by Eric J. Conn

In addition to employers’ longstanding obligation, as of Jan. 1, 2015, to report to O...


Should You Demand an OSHA Warrant?

by Eric J. Conn

Perhaps the most common question I am asked about OSHA inspections is


No Room for Painters

by Lee Wilson

Way back in June 2011, I wrote an article that was published in a European coatings j...


Battling the Employer Blacklist

by Eric J. Conn

On July 13, 2014, President Obama executed Executive Order 1376: “Fair Pay and Safe W...


Unstoppable Ego v. Irresistible Force

by Michael Halliwell

As many of you know, my involvement with the coatings industry is not on the applicat...


The Big Deal about Asbestos

by Michael Halliwell

Once again, asbestos is hitting the headlines. There have been articles about school-...


Confined Space:
Have We Learned Our Lesson Yet?

by Michael Halliwell

I don’t think we go more than a week between articles about injuries or fatalities in...


Staying Safely on a Roll

by Eric J. Conn

Fall hazards are always among the top Occupa­tional Safety and Health Administration ...


Who’ll Take Responsibility for Safety?

by Michael Halliwell

Although I am an environmental professional by trade, my work is tied into enough hea...


Reporting Plan Makes a Bad Idea Worse

by Robert Ikenberry

Reading about the proposed requirement for companies to upload their OSHA 300 logs go...


Land Mines on the Road to Safety

by Simon Hope

I never cease to wonder at the depths to which individuals will lower themselves for ...


The Hidden Hazards of Bridge Rehab

by Michael Halliwell

Any time that one is working bridge rehabilitation, there are certain hazards that sh...


Know Your Rights When OSHA Calls

by Eric J. Conn

I was recently asked an interesting question: “Employers often are told to know and e...


Doom and Gloom on Blood Lead Levels (Really?)

by Robert Ikenberry

As one gets older, it’s interesting how people’s perspectives differ.


Hot Times, Cool Opportunities

by Robert Ikenberry

It’s time to talk about climate change—and I don’t mean arguing about whether it’s ha...


Dangers of the Daily Juggling Act

by Karen Kapsanis

I have been trying to write this little essay for weeks, but I keep getting interrupt...


‘Competent Persons’ vs. Competence

by Simon Hope

One of the eternal problems that our industry grapples with is defining the differenc...


Clean and Green? Maybe...

by Karen Kapsanis

I wouldn’t call it a scam or a lie or even an intention to mislead. “It” is the lang...


Foul Play with the Not-So-Fine Print

by Simon Hope

Over the years, I have watched all sorts of wonderful ideas come and go—many of them ...


Not Strangers to Danger

by Karen Kapsanis

Maybe you’ve had this experience, too: I have a hard time forgetting accidents that h...


When Safety Incentives Backfire

by Robert Ikenberry

When you try to foster safety by offering incentives, do you really get what you want...


Social Media: Y U Should ‘Like’ It

by Pamela Simmons

Social media isn’t new, but you wouldn’t know it from some people in the coatings ind...


Wanted: Common Sense on Next Lead Regs

by Robert Ikenberry

Recently, when I took my annual C5 refresher, I was reminded that the OSHA Lead in Co...


Rebuilding a Skilled Workforce

by Robert Ikenberry

Recently, McGraw-Hill Construction went looking for skilled labor. Turns out, they we...


The Flip Side of Social Media: The Evolution of Connectivity that Counts

by Pamela Simmons

Like the telephone and the mail, social media applications have many uses and can be ...


 
 
   

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