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Minimizing Frequency of OSHA Inspections
A safety program goes a long way to reduce accidents, worker complaints and violations, and to comply with OSHA regulations—all of which should lead to a reduced need for OSHA to inspect your facility.
Ask an Expert Published: 3/27/2014
Tertiary Butyl Acetate Regulations
Has the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved TBAC (tertiary butyl acetate) as a VOC-exempt solvent?
Ask an Expert Published: 3/21/2014
Take Employee Complaints Seriously
When complaints are ignored by the employer, the worker often complains to EPA or OSHA, or, worse, an accident occurs.
Ask an Expert Published: 3/20/2014
Preparing for an OSHA Inspection
What should I do if an OSHA compliance officer comes to my plant?
Ask an Expert Published: 1/21/2014
Guarding Against Counterfeit Parts
We have been doing a lot of defense work lately and are concerned about counterfeit parts. How can we protect ourselves?
Ask an Expert Published: 7/1/2013
Arc Flash PPE Selection
I’ve been hearing a lot about arc flash protection lately, but I’m not sure if it applies to our operation and, if so, what the requirements are for providing personal protective equipment under this standard. I know it has something to do with our ...
Ask an Expert Published: 7/2/2012
Am I a DOT Hazmat Transporter?
I have heard through the grapevine that the U.S. Department of Transportation has inspected one of our competitors regarding hazardous materials registration requirements. Can you give this small metal finishing shop owner an overview on how this wo...
Ask an Expert Published: 5/2/2012
More PVC Pipe Glue Discussion
I would like to comment on the ongoing pipe glue discussion from your November 2011 column. Users concerned about caustic service could look for what one manufacturer calls “industrial PVC cement” which is made without the fumed silica thickener. Fo...
Ask an Expert Published: 3/1/2012
Effects of Proposed Label Changes
Over the last year, we have received several correspondences regarding the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposal to modify the existing HazCom standard to conform to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of clas...
Ask an Expert Published: 2/29/2012
Nitrites and Fragrances
We are using a vibratory finishing compound that has been satisfactory for more than 20 years. Recently, a potential new vendor pointed out that it contains sodium nitrite and said we are violating the law in using it. We checked with our supplier, ...
Ask an Expert Published: 1/26/2012

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