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Regulatory Analysis
We are continually updating our state and national regulatory analysis to help you keep up with the changing regs. See the updated section on the What's New page to find all of the topics.
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Regulatory Analysis:
Many federal environmental, safety, and transportation rules contain requirements to train employees to protect themselves, the public, or the environment from workplace hazards. A few requirements are very prescriptive (e.g., detailed steps to certification), but most are “performance-based” in that they set qualitative goals (e.g., effective, lead to understanding, demonstrate proficiency) that allow the employer to determine the best way to achieve the desired outcome.
Employee News Articles:
Therapist and author Marianne Clyde says providing employees with good quality mental health training is not just beneficial for employees, but it also helps businesses.
Whether you are at home trimming trees in preparation for the colder months or working on the job, you should know how to use a chain saw safely, what to wear when using a chain saw, and the kickback hazard.
Disaster cleanup work can be hazardous enough, but adding flood conditions can make it even more dangerous.
On dark, autumn mornings, it can be difficult to pull yourself out of bed. But, for shift workers, sleep disruption can be a daily challenge.
Choose the correct response to the following statements.
Toolbox Talks:
This talk discusses the fall hazards associated with working from the platform of an aerial lift and provides an overview of the safe work practices and fall protection equipment necessary to avoid injury.
This talk discusses protecting workers from fall hazards who are working on low-slope roofs 15 feet or more from the roof edge using designated areas.
This talk discusses the hazards of battery-operated power tools and details safe work practices for using, charging and storing battery-powered tools.
This talk will help food service workers recognize and minimize the many potential slips, falls and cuts hazards of working in the restaurant and food service industry.
This talk discusses how healthcare workers and facilities can prevent situations that can result in violence by recognizing the circumstances and people most likely to post a danger and by being alert to personal safety precautions.
Notices:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has solicited public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Construction Standards on Posting Emergency Telephone Numbers and Maximum Safe Floor Load Limits.
Speaker's Notes:
Edwin G. Foulke Jr., Esq., and Tracy Moon, Esq., Fisher Phillips LLP, discuss OSHA’s top 10 safety violations, transitioning into a Trump administration and the impact on OSHA, and risk management v. safety.
Speaker's Notes:
Phil Molé, EHS Expert at VelocityEHS, goes over the requirements for safety management systems (SMSs), the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), and best practices.
Speaker's Notes:
Karen D. Hamel, EHS Professional and Technical Writer of New Pig Corporation, discusses advantages and benefits of safety committees, roles and responsibilities, and skills and training.
Questions & Answers:
Glass containers are approved containers for most corrosives (acids and bases)—hydroflouric acids need to be stored in plastic. All corrosives should be stored where ever possible in sealed, air-impermeable containers. Therefore, containers with tight-fitting caps are necessary and containers with loose fitting lids or glass stoppers should not be used.
Notices:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued notice of its approval of a change to the state of Nevada's Occupational Safety and Health State Plan reinstating federal OSHA enforcement authority over private-sector employment on military facilities and bases in Nevada. The Nevada State Plan currently has coverage over some private-sector contractors on military bases.
Questions & Answers:
Federal OSHA in 29 CFR 1926.1053(b)(22) states that "an employer shall not carry any object or load that could cause the employee to lose balance and fall." Are there any common interpretations of this specific section and how it is applied in real-life, specifically with regard to an A-frame ladder where one may need to do work on high residential ceilings with chandeliers? It is clear for example that hands should be free while ascending and descending, and that materials that one might need to use while at elevation (and still on the ladder), need to be raised or lowered with ropes, etc. However, the question is, are there any OSHA interpretations regarding how heavy a load can be lifted up that way, and regarding what one can or can't do after the load is lifted to the location of the ladder where one is standing?
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106086analysis.aspx/analysis/safety-administration/workplace-safety-training/Training Regulatory Analysis Training
137231training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/employee-health/employee-wellness/Improving-your-mental-health-at-work/WellnessEmployee News Articles Improving your mental health at work
137232training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/equipment-and-process-safety/hand-and-portable-power-tools/Using-a-chain-saw/Hand and Portable Power ToolsEmployee News Articles Using a chain saw
137233training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/emergency-planning-and-response/emergency-preparedness/Safely-cleaning-up-after-disasters/Emergency PreparednessEmployee News Articles Safely cleaning up after disasters
137234training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/safety-administration/shift-work/Health-and-safety-tips-for-shift-workers/Shift WorkEmployee News Articles Health and safety tips for shift workers
137235training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/equipment-and-process-safety/hand-and-portable-power-tools/Using-a-chain-saw-Quiz-/Hand and Portable Power ToolsEmployee News Articles Using a chain saw: Quiz
137236fun.aspx/fun-games/workplace-safety-cartoons/equipment-and-process-safety/hand-and-portable-power-tools/Beaver-chain-saw/Hand and Portable Power ToolsCartoons Beaver chain saw
137226training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/employee-safety/aerial-lifts/Aerial-Lift-Safety-Preventing-Falls/Aerial LiftsToolbox Talks Aerial Lift Safety: Preventing Falls
137227training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/employee-safety/slips-and-falls/Designated-Areas-for-Workers-on-Roofs/Slips and FallsToolbox Talks Designated Areas for Workers on Roofs
137228training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/equipment-and-process-safety/hand-and-portable-power-tools/Safety-with-Battery-Operated-Power-Tools/Hand and Portable Power ToolsToolbox Talks Safety with Battery-Operated Power Tools
137229training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/employee-safety/slips-and-falls/Slips-Falls-and-Cuts-Hazards-in-Food-Service/Slips and FallsToolbox Talks Slips, Falls and Cuts Hazards in Food Service
137230training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/equipment-and-process-safety/healthcare-safety/Workplace-Violence-Prevention-Healthcare-and-Socia/Healthcare SafetyToolbox Talks Workplace Violence Prevention: Healthcare and Social Services Workers
137217regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/regulatory-notices/construction-safety/Construction-Standards-on-Posting-Emergency-Teleph-137217/Construction - GeneralNotices Construction Standards on Posting Emergency Telephone Numbers and Floor Load Limits; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's Approval of Information Collection Requirements
137175training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-speakers-notes/safety-administration/OSHA-and-state-safety-compliance-enforcement/Webinar-2017-07-OSHA-Enforcement-Update-Navigating/Enforcement Speaker's Notes Webinar [2017-07]: OSHA Enforcement Update: Navigating the Agency’s Current and Future Priorities for Fines and Penalties
137176training.aspx/training/on-demand-webinars/safety-administration/OSHA-and-state-safety-compliance-enforcement/Webinar-2017-07-OSHA-Enforcement-Update-Navigating-137176/Enforcement On-Demand Webinars Webinar [2017-07]: OSHA Enforcement Update: Navigating the Agency’s Current and Future Priorities for Fines and Penalties
137177training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-speakers-notes/safety-administration/safety-general/Webinar-2017-07-Safety-Management-System-Improveme/Safety - GeneralSpeaker's Notes Webinar [2017-07]: Safety Management System Improvement: How to Use OSHAS 18001 and OSHA VPP to Identify Core Objectives and Hazards
137178training.aspx/training/on-demand-webinars/safety-administration/safety-general/Webinar-2017-07-Safety-Management-System-Improveme-137178/Safety - GeneralOn-Demand Webinars Webinar [2017-07]: Safety Management System Improvement: How to Use OSHAS 18001 and OSHA VPP to Identify Core Objectives and Hazards
137179training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-speakers-notes/safety-administration/safety-general/Webinar-2017-07-Supercharging-Safety-Committees-Ho/Safety - GeneralSpeaker's Notes Webinar [2017-07]: Supercharging Safety Committees: How to Develop Effective Advocates of Safety and Compliance Initiatives
137180training.aspx/training/on-demand-webinars/safety-administration/safety-general/Webinar-2017-07-Supercharging-Safety-Committees-Ho-137180/Safety - GeneralOn-Demand Webinars Webinar [2017-07]: Supercharging Safety Committees: How to Develop Effective Advocates of Safety and Compliance Initiatives
137208faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/hazardous-substances-and-materials/laboratory-safety/Are-hazardous-chemicals-such-as-acids-and-bases-al/Laboratory SafetyQuestions & Answers Are hazardous chemicals such as acids and bases allowed to be stored in glass bottles with either a glass or cork stopper? My concern is if bottle is knocked over then a spill will occur.
137207regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/regulatory-notices/OSHA-and-state-safety-compliance-enforcement/Nevada-State-Plan-Change-in-Level-of-Federal-Enfor/Enforcement Notices Nevada State Plan; Change in Level of Federal Enforcement: Private-Sector Employment on Military Bases
137198faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/construction-safety/ladders-construction/Federal-OSHA-in-29CFR1926.1053b22-states-that-an-e/Ladders (Construction)Questions & Answers Are there any interpretations of the requirement that employees not carry objects on ladders that could cause them to lose balance and fall?
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