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Disney, Dwarfs and Workplace Labels

by Paula Reavis on February 5, 2016 at 2:08 pm · in Paula's Blog

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It was recently announced that Disney was re-releasing the classic animated movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. The commercial started with the dwarfs singing their classic song “Heigh-Ho”. In this tune, the cute characters of Dopey, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy and Doc all sing about coming home from working all day digging in the mine. To remember these characters, watch and listen here.

As the scene starts, I can’t help but notice there are no OSHA workplace labels anywhere. In the new OSHA Hazard Communications Standard 1910.1200 there isn’t much guidance on how to handle workplace labeling. The regulation states “the employer shall ensure that each container of hazardous chemicals in the workplace is labeled, tagged or marked”. The regulation goes on to say use the same information that is found on the shipped containers or use a “Product identifier and words, pictures, symbols, or combination thereof, which provide at least general information regarding the hazards of the chemicals, and which, in conjunction with the other information immediately available to employees under the hazard communication program, will provide employees with the specific information regarding the physical and health hazards of the hazardous chemical.”
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OSHA Celebrates World Cancer Day?

by Paula Reavis on January 26, 2016 at 9:00 am · in GHS (OSHA HazCom & WHMIS 2015), Paula's Blog

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We all have reminders on our calendars for such things as holidays, birthdays, and appointments. As I looked forward to February for some planning purposes, the date of February 4th popped up as World Cancer Day. Is this a day to celebrate cancer? Does that even make sense when most of us upon hearing that word have some pretty strong negative reactions and emotions? This sent me on a path of fact checking. The purpose of World Cancer Day as established by the Union of International Cancer Control (UICC) is to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. So, this day is similar to Earth Day or World AIDS Day then.
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How Can the OHSAS 18001 Improve Safety in the Workplace?

by Susan Beech on January 21, 2016 at 9:00 am · in Guest Article, Safety

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In an effort to streamline processes and procedures, many organizations rely on some form of a management system to provide a working framework and make sure that all the tasks and objectives are completed quickly, safely, and satisfactorily.

These types of systems normally include elements for accountability, activity scheduling, and auditing a variety of actions and processes. Originally, though, every company had their own standards and systems, which made it extremely difficult to demonstrate compliance and dedication to safety standards.

A Uniform System

Organizations needed a way to demonstrate sound occupational health and safety performance to employees, clients, shareholders and others. They needed to make it clear that they were properly managing hazards and improving and streamlining their systems around various activities, products, and services.
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Clark Griswold and Portable Ladder Safety

by Paula Reavis on January 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm · in GHS (OSHA HazCom & WHMIS 2015), Paula's Blog, Safety, WHMIS 2015

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As it is the time of year to begin taking down holiday decorations, the topic of portable ladder safety should be addressed. There are various ways to teach and model proper safety techniques in the use of these types of ladders. One of the best is by using humor and my personal favorite is Chevy Chase playing Clark Griswold in the National Lampoon’s movies. Chase’s use of slapstick or physical comedy often has the desired effect of teaching people the best ways to NOT do a task.

Let’s put together one of the classic scenes from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and apply OSHA’s Ladder Safety Requirements in 29 CFR 1926.1053 to it to see just how bad Clark Griswold is at safety. To view the scene, click here. To view OSHA’s Portable Ladder Safety Quick Card™, click here.
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Holiday Music and Winter Driving

by Paula Reavis on December 31, 2015 at 10:30 am · in Paula's Blog

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For the past month every store, gas station, and restaurant you enter has been playing holiday music. One of my personal favorites is “Let It Snow”, the one sung by Dean Martin. In case you haven’t heard it enough over the past few weeks, here it is again. The line that sticks with me the most in regards to safety is “Oh, the weather outside if frightful”, and it makes me wonder, how can you be safe in “frightful” conditions?

My “go to” spot for information on safety is always the OSHA website. The site, found here, offers some good tips for safe driving in the winter and even has an easy way to help you remember them. OSHA calls it the “Three P’s of Safe Winter Driving”. Listed below is more information on each “P”.
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