Safety Sense

  • New OSHA Beryllium Standard for General Industry

    By: Donald Elswick, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CIT
    Elsmart Associates
    A final rule issued by OSHA revises the agency’s beryllium standard for general industry. The changes affect provisions for methods of compliance, personal protective clothing and equipment, hygiene areas and practices, housekeeping, medical surveillance, hazard communication, and recordkeeping.

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  • The General Duty Clause and COVID-19

    By: Carl Habekost, Esq.
    The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires all employers to “…furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees…”  (Section 5(A)(1)).

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  • Unpreventable Employee Misconduct and COVID-19

    By: Carl Habekost, Esq.
    As we gradually return to work during the COVID-19 crisis, employers are reviewing, revising and creating employment policies.  This is a good time, therefore, to review an affirmative defense available to employers that is based partly upon written safety policies.

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  • The Path Forward: Safety & Legal Considerations to Prepare Your Workplace for Return Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

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  • Repeat Redefined

    BY: Carl Habekost, Esq.
    An important case is currently pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit involving the definition of “Repeat” for an OSHA violation.  In Acosta v. Angelica Textile Services, Inc., the facts reveal that the company provided commercial linen cleaning services using very large washing machines called “combined batch washers” (CBW).  The cleaning process consisted of a long, cylindrical tunnel with “washer modules”.

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