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SASVEEEK: The Four Elements of an OSHA Violation

- August 2, 2017 by Steve Medellin (View all posts by Steve)
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SASVEEK is not the sister of Sasquatch, but rather, an acronym for the tenets of a sound (and just) OSHA violation. Criteria must be met for Compliance Safety Health Officers (CSHOs) to have a solid case to support a citation. …  Read more …

OSHA: Strategies for When They Inspect You

- July 7, 2017 by Steve Medellin (View all posts by Steve)
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No matter how many OSHA workplace safety inspections you’ve encountered, the thought of an inspector knocking may make you anxious. Often, OSHA inspectors will arrive without providing advanced notice – only adding to the uncertainty and anxiety. However, by knowing …  Read more …

Electrical Safety – NFPA 70E Chapter 1 Overview

- May 30, 2017 by Leslie Stoll, CSP ARM (View all posts by Leslie)
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In my last blog, I discussed the basics of NFPA 70E. In this blog, I’ll dig a little deeper by discussing Chapter 1– Safety Related Work Practices. OSHA has already started issuing citations based on NFPA 70E, so it’s time …  Read more …

OSHA and National Consensus Standards

- May 16, 2017 by Steve Medellin (View all posts by Steve)
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What do ANSI, NFPA, ASME and ASTM all have in common? If you said the letter A, you are partially correct; however, if you stated that these were all national consensus standards recognized by OSHA, then you are even more …  Read more …

Help Prevent the Welder Shuffle

- May 2, 2017 by Dan Heinen, ASP (View all posts by Dan)
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If you have worked construction, or in a manufacturing facility with welding going on, I’m sure you have witnessed the “Welder Shuffle.” If you aren’t familiar, it’s the panicked dance someone does when a piece of molten metal (usually slag) …  Read more …

OSHA Penalties are Increasing

- March 22, 2017 by Steve Medellin (View all posts by Steve)
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The good old days of having the OSHA penalty structure set for a long period of time is officially over.  For the past 16 years, there were no changes to the OSHA penalties.  However, that is now going to change …  Read more …