Sarah Carty, ASP


Beryllium Final Rule 101

Sarah Carty, ASP

OSHA has released a final rule to address worker exposure to beryllium. It is used in specialty alloys and beryllium oxide ceramics and composites. It can be found in consumer electronics and satellite communication modules. It is also contained in certain slags, such as coal and copper slags, which can be used in abrasive blasting. Employees who […]


OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Final Rule

Sarah Carty, ASP

OSHA has issued the final rule for walking-working surfaces in the federal register. This final rule increases consistency between the general industry and construction standards. The rule effects a wide range of workers from maintenance staff to warehouse workers in various industries. Specifically, the rule updates general industry standards addressing slip, trip and fall hazards […]


OSHA Releases Final Rule on Silica

Sarah Carty, ASP

SMG shares changes to the Final OSHA Rule on Silica


Beryllium Proposed Rule

Sarah Carty, ASP

OSHA has released a new proposed rule to protect worker exposure to beryllium. Beryllium is used in specialty alloys and beryllium oxide ceramics and composites. It can be found in consumer electronics and satellite communication modules. Employees who inhale beryllium particles are at risk of developing chronic beryllium disease (CBD). CBD is incurable, debilitation and […]


Important Upcoming Dates for GHS Compliance

Sarah Carty, ASP

The 2012 Hazardous Communication final rule became effective in March of 2012. These changes to the hazardous communication standard aligned it with the United Nations global chemical labeling system. Several U.S. regulatory agencies and other countries have different requirements for hazard definitions and for what is to be included on labels and SDS’s. In order […]


Revised Draft Bill in U.S. House Builds on Momentum to Reform TSCA

Sarah Carty, ASP

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and Economy released an updated draft of “The TSCA Modernization Act of 2015,” on May 13, 2015. This draft intends to reform and modernize the decades-old Toxic Substance Control Act. The TSCA Modernization discussion draft states that “the goal is to provide the public with […]


EPA Proposes One-Time Reporting Requirements for Nanoscale Materials

Sarah Carty, ASP

The EPA proposes one-time reporting and recordkeeping requirements on nanoscale materials in the marketplace. The agency is proposing to use Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) to collect the existing exposure and health and safety information on chemicals currently in the marketplace when manufactured or proceed as nanoscale materials. This proposal will require one-time reporting from […]


TSCA Can You Keep Up?

Sarah Carty, ASP

The 113th Congress failed to enact legislation that would reform the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) which has not been updated since its enactment in 1976. It is predicted that states will continue these efforts to regulate or even ban chemical substances labeled as “risky”, “of concern” or “high priority.” Some state legislatures have already […]


New Year, New OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Rules

Sarah Carty, ASP

Federal OSHA has made two significant changes in their revision of the recordkeeping rule. 1.)    OSHA has updated the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to keep OSHA injury and illness records. The previous list was based on the Standard Industrial Classification System (SIC) codes. The new list of industries that are […]


OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations for 2014

Sarah Carty, ASP

There have been significant changes in OSHA programs this year. The changes to hazard  communication (GHS) is being enforced as well as new fall protection requirements. OSHA enforcement has put an emphasis on temporary worker safety  and new recordkeeping and reporting rules have been released. An article from  Safety + Health magazine poses a great […]