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The Finish Line? OSHA’s Confined Space Rule For Construction

  22 years ago, OSHA made a promise.  OSHA issued a final rule in 1993 on confined space for general industry workers. However, this rule did not extend to the construction industry. Now, at last, it looks like the Confined Spaces in Construction rule may be issued this year. The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) finished a review of the proposed regulation on April 3. According to Industrial Safety & Hygiene News on April 14, OSHA "would be expected to press for ... Read more

Tag, You’re It: The Components of Lockout/Tagout

It's no secret how critical lockout/tagout (LOTO) is to a robust safety program. According to OSHA, compliance with the standard "prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year." LOTO is officially known as hazardous energy control. According to Jimi Michalscheck from Occupational Health & Safety, it is "a term used to describe the process that will protect employees when they are in harm's way of equipment movement when they are servicing it and unexpected startup could cause injury or death." Policies In a ... Read more