Free Webinar: Work Zone Safety for Highway Construction (ANSI A10.47)

Scott Schneider, director of safety for the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America and chairman of the work group that developed the New ANSI A10.47 Standard, provided a detailed overview, via a webinar, about this new standard on “Work Zone Safety for Highway Construction”. This comprehensive standard, effective February 24, 2010, covers practices […]

OSHA Releases Chemical Exposure Health Data

OSHA recently released 25+ years worth of industrial hygiene sampling data as a part of the “Open Government” initiative.

OSHA takes industrial hygiene samples as part of its compliance monitoring program. Many of these samples are submitted to the Salt Lake Technical Center for analysis. Sampling data represent personal, area, and bulk samples for various […]

Free OSHA PowerPoint Presentations

A number of free OSHA applicable PowerPoint templates are available on Below you will find some of the major OSHA topics that you can download and tailor to suit your needs.

Note: All presentations are in .ppt (PowerPoint) format. For a free Office PowerPoint viewer, click HERE.

Bloodborne Pathogens (Bloodborne Pathogens .ppt (29497)) Cranes […]

MSD’s to be Added Back to OSHA 300 Log?

OSHA is proposing to revise its Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR part 1904) to restore a column to the OSHA 300 Log that employers would use to record work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). The 2001 Recordkeeping final regulation included an MSD column, but the requirement was deleted before it became effective. The proposed rule would require employers […]

OSHA Offers Free On-Site Safety Consulting Services

OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Service offers free and confidential advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. Consultation services are totally separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations.

Program Information

Using a free consultation service largely funded by the U.S. Occupational […]

Differences Between a Respirator and a Surgical Mask

Want to know what the general differences between a respirator and a surgical mask? Watch the following video.

In summary,

A respirator:

reduces exposure to airborne contaminants specifically fits you must be NIOSH certified, if required by your employer protects against many airborne infectious diseases

A facemask:

loose fitting disposable mask help stop […]

The Hidden Cost of a Workplace Fatalities: 43 Billion Dollars

While even the non-fatal injury can cost a company ten’s of thousands of dollars (as noted in’s post: The Hidden Cost of Unsafe Behavior: Running the Numbers, even more unbelievable is the cost of a fatality. NIOSH has produced a document entitled, The Cost of Fatal Injuries to Civilian Workers in the […]

The Hidden Cost of Unsafe Behavior – Running the Numbers

According to information provided in a report by a nationwide insurance company, approximately 60% of company executives figure that their companies save $3 for every dollar spent on safety programs. A $10,000,000.00 company that spends 1% of their budget on safety can figure to save approximately $300,000.00. OSHA puts the figure to be more likely […]

Black Lung Cases on the Rise

The Wall Street Journal has written an article based upon findings of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) indicating a rise in the occurrences of black lung in miners. Based upon the findings of NIOSH, approximately 9% of miners with 25+ years of experience were positive for black lung in 2005 and […]

OSHA Publishes Weekly Reports on Fatalities and Catastrophes

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has begun publishing weekly summaries on fatalities and catastrophes (multiple people injured) in the workplace. Per OSHA regulations, employers must report this data to OSHA within eight hours of an event occurring. The result of more “open government” within the Obama administration and better access of information by […]