What To Expect from an OSHA PSM Investigation

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OSHA’s Process Safety Management regulation, also known as PSM, sets specific requirements for employers who use highly hazardous chemicals at the workplace.

And because these highly hazardous chemicals can lead to catastrophic events, OSHA takes the PSM regulation very seriously. Part of that seriousness includes rigorous PSM inspections at work areas covered by the PSM regulation.

Not so long ago, we sat in on a conference presentation about PSM inspections from Brandi Davis of Oregon OSHA. Ms. Davis is a Senior Health Compliance Officer (and Industrial Hygienist) with Oregon OSHA who performs PSM inspections and she’s been kind enough to talk with us about what to expect during an OSHA PSM inspection. So if you’re curious about this, go right ahead and read the rest of the article.

Also, please know we’ve included a free PSM compliance checklist for you at the bottom of this article in addition to the tips from the OSHA PSM inspector.

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How to Create Better Workforce Development Training

                 

Workforce development is essential for businesses and other organizations in today’s economy. And while there are many aspects to great workforce development, starting with successful onboarding of new employees, workforce development training is a key part of the effort as well.

Yet many organizations don’t have an expertise in training development, and aren’t familiar with the nuts and bolts of how to go about it.

In this article, we’ll give you a simple blueprint to follow when developing workforce development training. Following these steps will get you far, and once you’ve got this down you can learn more and further refine your workforce development training as well as other aspects of your workforce development efforts.

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MSHA TRAM Conference Presentation on Current and Future Training Technologies

                 
At the upcoming 2017 MSHA TRAM conference this year (October 10-12, National Mine and Health Safety Academy, Beaver, WV), we’ll be giving two presentations: one on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining, and a second on Current and Future Training Technologies.

This blog post supports the presentation on Current and Future Training Technologies for Mining. It includes some additional helpful information that may help you learn about this brave new frontier.

We have a similar supporting blog post for the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions as well. You’ll see there’s some cross-over between the two presentations.

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MSHA TRAM Conference Presentation on Evaluating Online Mining Safety Training Solutions

                 
At the upcoming 2017 MSHA TRAM conference this year (October 10-12, National Mine and Health Safety Academy, Beaver, WV), we’ll be giving two presentations: one on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining, and a second on Current and Future Training Technologies.

This blog post supports the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining. It includes a recorded, on-demand webinar that covers much of the same ground I will cover/covered at MSHA TRAM, links to some additional helpful resources, a free guide about Online MSHA Compliance, a BONUS SECOND webinar on MSHA Part 46, and more.

There’s a second supporting blog post for the Current and Future Training Technologies presentation that you may also find interesting.

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Recorded Webinar: MSHA Part 46, New Miner Training, and Annual Refresher Training

We recently held a live webinar on some aspects of MSHA Part 46.

In particular, the webinar gave some information on:

  • MSHA Part 46–The Important Stuff
  • Key Players (Responsible Person, Competent Person, Miner, & Miner/Contractor)
  • Main Types of Training (New Miner & Annual Refresher)
  • Compliant Methods of Training (and whether online training is allowed)
  • Types of Compliant Documents (Training Plan, 5000-23, and 5000-23 equivalents)

We’ve got a recorded version of the webinar below that you can listen to for free.

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How to Prepare an Incident Investigation Kit

               

Incident investigations are an important part of your overall workplace safety and health management efforts.

But for an incident investigation to go well, allowing you to correctly determine its root cause, implement corrective actions, and avoid similar incidents in the future, you’re going to want to be prepared before an incident occurs.

One aspect of that preparation is simply knowing what an incident investigation is and how to conduct an incident investigation. It makes sense to start at the beginning, right?

But drilling down a little deeper, it pays to have a prepared incident investigation kit that’s fully packed and ready to go when an incident occurs. You won’t have to scramble around wasting time to find stuff, and you won’t have to worry about not having something important in the middle of the investigation.

In this article, we’ll help you get that incident investigation kit ready before you need it when the next incident at work puts you into incident investigation mode.

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What Is GHS and What Does It Have to Do with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard?

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Maybe you’ve heard of the Globally Harmonized System.

Maybe you know it’s sometimes abbreviated as GHS. Maybe you know it’s got something to do with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200). And maybe you even know about OSHA’s GHS-alignment of the Haz-Com standard back in 2012.

If you do, that’s great. But if you’d like to know more, we think we can fill you in below.

And if you don’t know the stuff above, we think you’ll really appreciate the head’s up below.

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What Is a Hazard Communication Hazard Statement?

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As part of the 2012 GHS alignment of the Hazard Communication Standard (1910.200), OSHA began requiring specific label elements appear on chemical used at workplaces.

One of those label elements was the hazard statement (or hazard statements).

In this article, we’ll briefly explain the required Haz-Com label elements and then explain what a Hazard Communication hazard statement is.

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What Is a Safety Data Sheet (SDS)?

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The safety data sheet, also known as an SDS, is an essential component of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and of a worker’s right to know about the chemical hazards at his or her workplace.

In this article, we’ll explain what an SDS is, how it’s related to an MSDS and to the GHS-alignment of Haz-Com, what you’ll find in its sixteen different sections, and even give you some additional information about SDSs, including issues related to employer responsibilities and employee access.

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OSHA’s Top Ten Citations, 2017

Every year, OSHA releases data about the OSHA standards that they most frequently issue citations for in the previous fiscal year. They did it in 2016. They did it in 2015. They did it…well, you get the idea.

And yep, they just did it again, at the National Safety Council’s annual Congress & Expo, releasing information for the 2017 fiscal year.

Typically, the different standards that appear on the list are the same ones, year after year, although sometimes one leap-frogs ahead of some others to rank more highly than it did in past years.

We’ve got the list for you below, but before you jump down and see the answers, let’s try to make this a little fun. What standard do you expect to be on the top of the list, with the most citations? Do you expect any standard to make a big jump up or down? Do you think any standard that’s typically on the list won’t be this year, or that there will be a new standard this year that usually isn’t there?

Give those questions a little though, and then move on to see the list below.

When OSHA releases their extended data on these standard citations, which typically happens in December or January, we’ll get you that information as well.

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