OSHA Is Not A Town In Wisconsin

June 14, 2011

Searching for information on electrical risks, I came across a funny sign. It reads: Caution -- If you think OSHA is a small town in Wisconsin you're in trouble.

Searching for information on electrical risks, I came across a funny sign. It reads: Caution -- If you think OSHA is a small town in Wisconsin you're in trouble.

This is especially true if you are in the chemical industry. Not only does working in manufacturing necessitate precautions at every turn, but compound the work by adding chemicals and it's even more crucial to adhere to safety standards. In fact, you may as well drink the Drano if you aren't privy to OSHA rules and regulations.

Our mission at Chemical Processing is to help plants be as efficient, environmentally friendly, economically competitive and safe as possible. To that end, we are always analyzing and commenting on OSHA updates and highlighting safety best practices.

To prove my point, here is a list of recent stories that fit the bill. This is just a scratching of the surface – but should be enough to get you started. If after this you still think OSHA is a town in Wisconsin, may the safety gods have mercy on your soul.

OSHA Updates PPE Standards
Several key changes help clarify the use of personal protective equipment.

OSHA Aims to Harmonize Standards
Aligning chemicals labeling with global rules involves major efforts.

Expect More Inspections
OSHA’s National Emphasis Program targets more facilities.

Prepare for More Safety Inspections
A recently launched enforcement program targets chemical facilities.

How Do You Picture Safety?
An unusual photo contest seeks your creative take on the topic.

Workplace Falls Get Fresh Attention
Regulator proposes revised rules to prevent injury.

Safety Statistics Can Get You into a Scrape
Focusing on minor accidents can foster false perceptions.

Avoid the Domino Effect
Take advantage of a new standard to improve alarm management and enhance plant safety and productivity.

Process safety is a good way to avoid bad consequences
Process safety is an essential component of risk avoidance. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has long recognized the critically important role for process safety awareness.

Leading the Way to Process Safety
The Basic Ingredient in Any Process Safety Program Is Strong Leadership.

Traci Purdum
Senior Digital Editor

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