Tag: health and safety


Beryllium Final Rule 101

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 […]


Beryllium Proposed Rule

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

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 […]


OSHA Publishes Plans for 2014

There are several dates in 2014 that were mentioned in the OSHA portion of the US Department of Labor’s Fall 2013 Regulatory Agenda, that employers should take notice of: January 27, 2014- Cutoff date to comment on the proposed rule aimed at cutting in half occupational exposure levels to silica dust.  OSHA’s public hearings on […]


OSHA Issues FY 2014 Budget Justification – Rulemaking Projections

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently issued its budget justification for 2014.  OSHA claims in the justification that enforcement inspections result in safer workplaces and provide employers significant savings through reduced workman’s compensation costs.  Within the funding request OSHA  projects that it will issue four Final Rules (Infectious Disease, […]