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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Choosing the Right Safety Cabinet for Flammable Liquid Storage

Safety CabinetMost manufacturers and distributors deliver flammable liquids in clearly labeled, safe containers. But it’s not enough to place these containers on any available workplace shelf. Flammable liquids must be stored in safety cabinets that comply with applicable standards.

What is a Flammable Liquid?

But what is a flammable liquid anyway? While organizations often define the term differently, OSHA considers flammable liquids to be any liquid having a flash point at or below 199.4°F. They also classify flammable liquids as either Category 1, 2, 3 or 4:

  • Category 1: Flashpoint below 73.4°F; boiling point at or below 95°F.
  • Category 2: Flashpoint below 73.4°F; boiling point above 95°F
  • Category 3: Flashpoint at or above 73.4°F and at or below 140°F.
  • Category 4: Flashpoint above 140°F and at or below 199.4°F.

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What You Need to Know About GHS

GHSHave you noticed any changes in the labeling of hazardous products delivered to your workplace? With the implementation date for GHS compliant labels quickly approaching, some manufactures are now shipping products with GHS labels and GHS compliant safety data sheets.

While you probably received training on the GHS changes, it may have been months ago. If you’re struggling to remember what the change is all about, here’s a quick review:

What is GHS?

GHS stands for Globally Harmonized System. It’s a system for classifying and labeling hazardous chemicals that’s designed for worldwide implementation. Prior to GHS, many countries (and even areas within countries) had different systems of classification and labeling.

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Fall Protection for Residential Roofers

fall protectionFor the past few years, OSHA has made fall protection a major focus of its education and compliance efforts. But unfortunately, fall accidents and fatalities remain at unacceptable levels. In fact, falls remain the leading cause of death in construction—with 294 fall fatalities in 2013.

More recently, OSHA has turned its attention to fall prevention among roofers, and residential roofers specifically. This may be partially because the majority of fatalities from roof falls occur within small construction companies.

If you follow the news, it’s not hard to see evidence of the failure of some residential roofers to use fall protection equipment. For example, in December, a Nebraska residential roofing company was assessed penalties of $140,000 for exposing employees to dangerous fall hazards.

Falls from Residential Roofing Versus Commercial Roofing

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Get Familiar With Fall Protection Equipment

fall protection equipmentWhile most of us understand the importance of fall protection equipment, it’s not always clear what this equipment is and what constitutes a complete fall protection system. In this post, we’ll review the four most critical components of a fall protection system:

1. Harnesses: Attaches to the body.

2. Anchors: Attaches to a fixed surface.

3. Lanyards and lifelines: Connects harnesses to anchors.

4. Rescue steps: Increases blood circulation in fallen workers while awaiting rescue.

Let’s look at each of these components in more detail.

Fall Protection Harnesses

In the past, fall protection systems used belts, chest harnesses or full body harnesses to secure the body. Today, belts are no longer used for fall protection (unless combined with full harnesses) because it’s possible to slip through them. Also, when suspended from a belt, workers can suffer injuries from the pressure on their waists.

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