OSHA's fiscal 2011 budget calls for $573 million to help OSHA protect more than 100 million workers nationwide. This proposed increase - $14 million over OSHA's current operating budget - includes $4 million to support personnel for developing standards, $7.7 million for federal enforcement, and $1.5 million to support State-operated OSHA programs. The budget also requests $1 million for the On-site Consultation Program that helps small businesses protect workers, and $250,000 for training grants. Read OSHA's budget document for details.
VelocityEHS Releases Template to Help EHS Professionals Create OSHA HazCom Written Plan
VelocityEHS, the leading cloud environment, health, safety (EHS) and sustainability software provider, today announced the availability of its new MSDSonline Written HazCom Plan Template aimed at helping EHS professionals save time and money in researching and compiling their OSHA-required written plans. The fully customizable template – available to EHS professionals at no cost – contains the basic elements of a compliant written plan, according to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, which...
OSHA`s `Safe and Sound` campaign assists employers in keeping workplaces safe and healthy
The U.S. Department of Labor`sOccupational Safety and Health Administrationlaunched its "Safe and Sound Campaign" recently, calling on employers to review their safety and health programs to protect workers, and reduce workplace injuries and deaths. "Workplace safety and health incidents hurt workers and their families, and they cost businesses` capital better invested in growing their business and creating jobs," said Kim Stille, OSHA`s Regional Administrator in Kansas City. "By identifying and controlling...
OSHA urges recovery workers, employers and public to safeguard themselves against hazards in storm cleanup
As residents recover from the damage caused by the recent tornadoes and severe storms in Missouri and Kansas, the U.S. Department of Labor`sOccupational Safety and Health Administrationurges recovery workers, employers and the public to use caution during cleanup and recovery efforts. The agency urges all to be aware of hazards they may encounter, and steps needed to to stay safe and healthy. OSHA resource officers are available in hard-hit areas to communicate with emergency responders in local communities,...
New York Firm Protects Workers from Exposure Hazards to Welding Fumes
Of the more than 500,000 workers in U.S. that are involved in welding, cutting, and brazing, many are employed in occupations in New York City and the surrounding tri-state region. These can be dangerous occupations according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which reports that the risk from fatal injuries alone is more than four deaths per thousand workers over a working lifetime. A significant health risk for those involved with welding activities is exposure to potentially hazardous...
Protecting Workers from Welding Fume Hazards in Puerto Rico
In Puerto Rico and across the rest of the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that there are over 500,000 workers in a wide variety of industries that perform welding, cutting and brazing activities. These workers face potentially hazardous conditions that pose a unique combination of both safety and health risks according to the agency. The welding process produces visible smoke that often contains harmful metal fumes and gas by-products. A significant hazard for...