January 23, 2017 | By Shannon DeCamp
OSHA handed out $11 million in fines to metal fabricators in 2015, and PPE citations comprised 10 percent of that. This number does not include medical cost, increased workers' compensation, property damage, and replacement personnel costs. Are you prepared for an OSHA inspection? If not, here's what you can expect should the agency come calling.
February 10, 2015 | By Shannon DeCamp
For the sake of maintaining a safe work environment and keeping the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s investigators out of business operations, metal fabricators should be aware of the areas where they can improve their own safety performance. OSHA’s citations provide a guide to where the focus should go.
February 28, 2013 | By Shannon DeCamp
Cuts, broken bones, and even amputations—these types of injuries are a real possibility for a worker in a metal forming shop even after the final part has been stamped and formed in the press. That's because managing metal scrap, like any other manufacturing operation, requires the establishment of safe work practices.
July 8, 2010 | By Shannon DeCamp
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is stepping up its efforts to enforce regulation compliance. A new agenda calls for more emphasis and resources geared toward enforcement tactics such as increasing inspections, penalties, and fines. Familiarizing yourself with some of OSHAís recent and planned actions will help you to better understand what is happening now and what to expect in the future.
October 28, 2008 | By Shannon DeCamp
A little more than a year after implementing stricter hexavalent chromium standards to the metalworking industry, OSHA has gone a step further and released respirator fit testing guidelines to complement the existing standard.
November 6, 2007 | By Shannon DeCamp
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recently made changes to its Respiratory Protection Standard. By answering 6 FAQs regarding respirators, you will be better equipped to implement or update an existing respiratory program.
March 13, 2007 | By Shannon DeCamp
Assessing the work environment, creating programs, and training staff to abide by those programs are the keys to maintaining a safe work environment and avoiding steep fines, worker injury, or death.
August 8, 2006 | By Shannon DeCamp
Lack of safe operating procedures and safety rule enforcement, as well as insufficient or inadequate training, lead to tens of thousands of injuries each year. Safe forklift practices through proper use, adequate maintenance, sufficient clearing for travel, and correct load stability are the best way to prevent these injuries.