transitioning to safer chemicalsAmerican workers use tens of thousands of chemicals every day. While many of these chemicals are suspected of being harmful, only a small number are regulated in the workplace.

As a result, workers suffer more than 190,000 illnesses and 50,000 deaths annually related to chemical exposures. Workplace chemical exposures have been linked to cancers, and other lung, kidney, skin, heart, stomach, brain, nerve, and reproductive diseases.

OSHA has an online tool that is handy for helping you examine the chemicals you use. You can find it here.

Check out the OSHA Noise Exposure Resource online here.

Pages for:

  • Health Effects
  • Exposure and Controls
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Construction
  • General Resources
  • Standards
Links to tons of resources to help you prevent noise-induced hearing loss. As the site says, it IS preventable.


NIOSH has issued a new Workplace Solutions publication on Using Lockout and Tagout Proceduresto Prevent Injury and Death during Machine Maintenance. The four page publication reviews the exposure of the hazard in OSHA industries and the OSHA Standard. It examines a case report of a fatality involving a Millwright and lists recommendations for employers, workers, and manufacturers. You can download a copy in pdf format here.

CAT has some really nice safety materials free for the asking or as it goes on the internet, free for the taking. The one this illustration comes from nicely covers the general hazards of operating just about any kind of forklift.

It includes Safety Information for Operators, a sample Pre-operation checklist, and Information for Employers which applies specifically to OSHA regulations, but certainly addresses best practices concerning task training on MSHA sites with such equipment.

Download the PDF, print it out, and use it for a toolbox talk for operators or anyone who works were forklifts are used.

To supplement it you may want to use the fatalgram and investigation for a Coal fatality that involved such a piece of equipment. It happened on the surface of an underground mine, but the hazards apply to just about any mining or construction site.

Click here for: CAT Forklift Trifold (pdf)

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OSHA announced on 7/28/10 that it is issuing a new rule addressing the use of cranes and derricks in construction, which will replace a decades-old standard. Approximately 267,000 construction, crane rental and crane certification establishments employing about 4.8 million workers will be affected by the new rule.

The previous rule, which dated back to 1971, was based on 40-year-old standards. Stakeholders from the construction industry recognized the need to update the safety requirements, methods and practices for cranes and derricks, and to incorporate technological advances in order to provide improved protection for those who work on and around cranes and derricks.

Click here for: OSHA Cranes and Derricks Web Site (web)