Not So Shocking- OSHA Rules on Electrical Safety Standards

Electrical Safety – OSHA Rules Seek to Mitigate Active Dangers


Electrical safety is a difficult field, even for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to manage effectively. Electricity is more than just hazardous energy in the workplace, it is an active danger that can only be avoided with careful regulation and specialized training. Published on April 11, 2014, OSHA released its final rule on construction standards relating to electrical power: generation, distribution, wired transmission, and the necessary protective equipment and safety measures.

OSHA administrator David Michaels stated “Electric utilities, electrical contractors, and labor organizations have long championed these much-needed measures to better protect the men and women who work on or near electrical power lines.” The administration is right… Continue reading

Red Fish, Blue Fish….Blackfish, Backlash – OSHA and SeaWorld Refuse to Play Nice

SeaWorld San Diego

Dr. Seuss tackled a lot of issues in his time, from environmentalism in The Lorax to WWII in Yertle The Turtle, but even he would balk at the issues surrounding world-renowned aquatic attraction SeaWorld. The theme park has garnered significant attention— all of it negative, following the expose-documentary Blackfish. The film, coming in the wake of a trainer’s death, has sparked international censure on the theme park’s attractions and focused heavily on the health and husbandry of Orca whales in an entertainment setting. Following a substantial public relations backlash and a substantial OSHA review of the park’s policies, SeaWorld is fighting back, alleging foul play on the part of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration inspector.

OSHA inspector Lara… Continue reading

Lockout before You Clock Out

Just the tip of the iceberg...or infographic.

Equipment left unattended (or worse, powered on and ready for use!) is the most dangerous of all. The key focus of OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout procedures is to control “hazardous energy,” or live machinery and equipment that could at any time endanger your coworkers if unattended. To that end, we at OSHA-Pros encourage all workers to obey Lockout/Tagout procedure—controlling hazardous energy saves lives in the workplace.

Pneumatics, hydraulics, and electrical systems all pertain to this “hazardous energy,” and if the sources of that energy aren’t locked down and tagged out, then people could very easily be hurt. The OSHA website gives such examples as “a steam valve is automatically turned on burning workers who are repairing a downstream connection in the piling”… Continue reading


picture of AT&T building to illustrate story about DOL lawsuitA Violation of Basic Workplace Safety Policies

Corporate standards for workplace safety are often based on OSHA regulations; but what happens when a corporation attempts to undermine these to save face? Ohio Bell Telephone Company, a subsidiary of AT&T, is now under OSHA investigation following allegations that the company suspended 13 workers for reporting workplace injuries, something that violates even the most basic workplace safety policies.

The injuries were not reported as some sort of scam to take advantage of workers compensation funds. They weren’t injuries suffered off-the-clock and blamed on the workplace. They were on-the-job injuries that, in any other instance, would justify an OSHA recordable injury. However, the company alleges that each suspended employee violated a workplace safety… Continue reading

Lockout/Tagout Infographic: 6 Critical Steps that Save Lives

Lockout/Tagout And the Control of Hazardous Energy – Six Critical Steps for Safety

To safety professionals it’s known as “the Control of Hazardous Energy.”  To the majority of managers it’s probably better known as “Lockout/Tagout.”  Either way you know it, this infographic might help your workers remember what 6 steps are critical to their safety when working on machinery.

Control of Hazardous Energy Lockout Tagout Infographic

Silica Risks and Silicosis Prevention Infographic

Silicosis Prevention and Mitigating Silica Risk – An InfoGraphic

Recently I blogged about not only the danger of crystalline silica exposure, but also OSHA’s increasing focus on this workplace hazard.  In my teaching experience I find that some learners tend to be very visual.  So I’ve had my staff whip up a nifty little infographic that shows the dangers of Silica clearly and, yes, visually.

Please share this graphic with co-workers, employees, bosses…anyone who might be affected.  Education about the dangers of Silica could save a life.  It might be yours!

Infographic Displaying The Causes and Dangers of Crystalline Silica and The Disease Silicosis



OSHA Online Outreach Training is Becoming a Bigger Factor

Online Outreach Training from OSHA-Accepted Providers Becoming a Big Factor


33 Years Old and Counting, OSHA Outreach Training

Richard Nixon was probably not thinking about OSHA training when this...or any other...picture was taken

Richard Nixon was probably not thinking about OSHA training when this…or any other…picture was taken

Richard Nixon was President, American soldiers were in Vietnam, and Rolls Royce was in bankruptcy.  Ah, 1971.  It was also the year that OSHA was born.  OSHA got right to work in educating workers by introducing its Outreach Training Program in an effort to

  • Improve workplace safety
  • Help educate workers about job hazards and how to avoid them
  • Help employees understand their safety rights

Overall the program has been considered a success in achieving all those goals, and millions of workers have benefited.… Continue reading

We’ve Redone Our Florida OSHA Training Page

Florida OSHA Safety Training follows statewide suggestions for risk management. Coursesthat are provided are available through online, computer-based training and on-site courses. Florida is not a State Plan state, so employers operate under the federal guidelines established under the OSH Act of 1970. The OSHA General Duty Clause mandates that all companies provide a safe environment for their workers.

The Florida Department of Health does oversea all surveillance and compliance of state and federal regulations. The Occupational Health and Safety Program (OHSP) uses it’s endeavors to monitor workplace related injuries and illnesses, then use that information to create new guidelines that will help prevent those risks to the State’s workforce.

Many large companies have their own OSHA training requirements.  … Continue reading

OSHA Safety Initiative Announced | “Grain Handling”

Grain silos are a cause of unexpected danger and deathOSHA Announces New Safety Initiative Entitled “Grain Handling”.

Perhaps in part as a result of a series on grain bin entrapment deaths entitled Buried in Grain, a joint effort of NPR and the Center for Public Integrity was published in March of this year, OSHA has announced a new safety initiative in several states to promote safe practices in the grain industry.

OSHA says that it entered into an alliance with the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association to focus on projects to educate employers on safety in grain handling in 2012.

OSHA has now also partnered with the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Extension’s Agricultural Safety Specialist to further promote awareness of safety issues in grain handling… Continue reading

We’ve Updated Our Nevada OSHA Training Page

If you’re located in Nevada and you’re in construction you probably already know that OSHA training is required to work on any construction site.  Nevada OSHA,  in cooperation with federal OSHA has created a program that requires construction workers to obtain OSHA 10 hour training within 15 days of their hire, and supervisors to obtain OSHA 30 hour training within 15 days of their hire as well. Companies that do not comply with these new laws are subject to fines, and employees will be removed from the work site.

The OSHA 10 Hour Construction Course reviews all the content that is necessary for your to get your OSHA Wallet Card from the Department of Labor. This course can… Continue reading