OSHA’s New Combustible Dust Standard: A Look Into the Future

You may have read in one of our recent blog posts that OSHA has announced its upcoming regulatory agenda.At the top of the list is the creation of a new Combustible Dust Standard. That’s literally true–it’s the first item on OSHA’s list. But it’s probably also metaphorically true for a lot of you–the creation of a brand new standard with potentially far-reaching effects is going to interest a lot of you.

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OSHA Announces Upcoming Regulatory Changes

What changes are coming from OSHA in 2013, you ask?

Well, we just looked at our magic crystal ball OSHA’s Fall 2012 Unified Agenda and have some answers for you.

Some of the most significant changes are listed below. To see everything OSHA’s up to, check the Unified Agenda. Please note that neither the list below nor the Unified Agenda include the major changes to align the Hazard Communication Standard with GHS (HazCom 2012).

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Helpful Resources on OSHA’s Website

OSHA’s website has a LOT of good information, tools, and resources. But it can take a little poking around to find them, especially if you’re new to OSHA’s page.

With that said, we decided to pull together a list of some of their most useful resources. Thanks to many people on LinkedIn and other sites who gave suggestions for this list, and if you’re reading this now and have more, please do share in the Comments section.

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Fall Prevention and Protection Glossary (1926.501)

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Every year, OSHA publishes a list of the ten most commonly cited violations of that year, and every year, the Fall Protection–General Requirements standard (1926.501) pops up on that list. To help you learn more about this standard, we created an interactive glossary of all the terms and definitions in OSHA’s Fall Prevention standard. Hope you enjoy this and find it helpful.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with a strong offering in EHS. We make a series of learning management systems (LMSs), e-learning courses on EHS topics and other workforce training topics, custom training solutions, and more. Contact us for more information or to set up a demo. Plus, while you’re here, why not download our free Guide to Effective EHS Training?

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Hazard Communication Glossary (1910.1200-GHS Aligned)

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OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, 1910.1200, frequently winds up on OSHA’s list of the ten most cited standard violations.

Given that, we thought we’d create an interactive glossary of the terms listed in OSHA’s definition for you. Hope you find this fun and helpful.

In case you’re still a little behind the times on this issue, remember that this is the updated version of OSHA’s HazCom standard that is GHS-aligned.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider. We make a series of learning management systems (LMSs), many libraries of e-learning courses for workforce training, and more. Contact us for more information or to set up a demo.

And while you’re here, feel free to download this free Guide to Effective EHS Training.

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Scaffolds Glossary (1926.451)

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OSHA’s Scaffolding regulation, 1926.451, is consistently on their list of the top ten cited standard violations. Given that, we thought we’d help you out by creating this interactive glossary of the terms OSHA defines in the definition. Hope you enjoy this and find and helpful.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with a strong EHS offering. We make several learning management systems (LMSs), off-the-shelf EHS training courses, and more. Contact us for more information.

And while you’re here, download this free Guide to Effective EHS Training.

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Safety Training for the Mayan Apocalypse (Just in Time)

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If you’re following the news, you’re well aware that the world will end soon. Real soon. On December 21, 2012, in fact.

That’s a bummer. For those of you who still have a lot of Christmas shopping to do, it’s a double bummer, because it robs you of a few days to get your shopping done and may prevent you from catching some last-minute sale prices. Makes you wonder why you didn’t brave those Black Friday crowds, huh?

We know the world is going to end because the ancient Mayans have told us it’s true through their calendar system. The Mayans were good people. Advanced, too—had their own writing system, developed impressive agricultural systems, knew quite a bit about the stars, and more.

This may put a panic into you. Or, maybe not. Maybe we’re approaching the end of the world as we know it, and you feel fine about it. To each their own, right?

Here at Convergence Training, we see the upcoming Mayan Apocalypse and the end of the world in 2012 the same way we see everything. You want to prepare for it. You want to know the safety in’s and out’s about it. And you want to complete your relevant safety training before it’s game time.

With that said, we’ve prepared a list for you.

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Respiratory Protection Glossary (1910.134)

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Respiratory protection is always on OSHA’s Top Ten list. Last year, it was #4 on OSHA’s Top Ten List, 2015.

Because of that, we’ve created the little interactive glossary below of terms from respiratory protection. Feel free to check it out.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with a strong EHS offering. Check out our learning management systems (LMSs), EHS e-learning courses, or contact us to learn more and set up a demo.

You may also want to download our free Guide to Effective EHS Training.

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Ladders Glossary (1926.1053)

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Question: Has Convergence Training created a free, downloadable, interactive ladders glossary including all of the terms and definitions in OSHA’s Ladder Standard?

Answer: You know we did! That’s it, right below. You can check it out now, bookmark it and come back later, or download a free copy to your own computer (just click the red “Download” button). Once you have a copy, you can save it to your desktop or network, put it on your Safety Home Page, email it to friends and coworkers, or even put it in your learning management system (LMS) and assign it.

A few important notes: The terms and definitions were taken directly from the text of the standard as printed on OSHA’s website in October, 2012. Convergence Training makes no claims regarding the accuracy of those definitions, or to keep this glossary up to date to match any changes OSHA makes after the date of this posting.

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Free Portable Ladder Safety Checklists

Portable Ladder Safety Checklist ImageHere’s yet another freebie for people interested in safety from your friends at Convergence Training.

At the bottom of this article is a portable ladder safety checklist that you can download for free.

The checklist is based on a portable ladders for construction checklist created by NIOSH, which is itself based on OSHA regulations. We took the information in the checklist and made some minor changes to make up for some formatting issues and make it a little easier to use.

The download is entirely free, and we hope it helps you create a safer workplace.

Happy laddering, as they say! (Or at least they should say that.)

We’ve got more free downloadable checklists on other topics here. And don’t forget to check out own online training course for ladder safety as well.

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Machine Guarding Glossary (1910.212)

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To satisfy your insatiable curiosity, we created an interactive glossary of terms from OSHA’s Machine Guarding Standard (1910.212).

That’s it, right below. You can check it out now, and/or you can bookmark this page and come back whenever you’re curious. Hope you enjoy this.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider. We make off-the-shelf EHS e-learning courses, several learning management systems (LMSs), custom training solutions, and more. Contact us to see full-length previews, set up a demo, or just ask a few questions.

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Powered Industrial Trucks Interactive Glossary (1910.178)

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Every year, OSHA creates a list of the ten most commonly cited standard violations. Here’s the most recent list–OSHA’s Top Ten for 2015.

Because the same standards typically appear year after year, we make a lot of resources available to our readers for each of those standards. That includes free downloadable safety word games, blog posts chock full of informational and training resources, and interactive glossaries about the terms defined in the standard.

And that’s what we’ve got for you in this article–an interactive glossary of terms defined in OSHA’s Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) standard, 1910.178.

Just click the MORE button below to check it out.

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