Eye And Face Protection Answers From OSHA


Eye and face protection must be worn correctly by the worker and provided by the employer. Hear OSHA’s answers to important questions in this podcast. There are so many workplace hazards affecting eye and face safety. Here are some of the questions and answers from OSHA’s Eye and Face Protection eTool. 1. When do companies have to provide eye and face protection for workers? A: Whenever eye injuries might happen at work and engineering controls …

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Safety Signs You Need In The Workplace


Safety signs help companies be OSHA compliant based on ANSI Z535 safety sign and tag standards. Hear about four categories of workplace safety signs. OSHA adopted sign standards from American National Standards Institute, ANSI. OSHA also incorporates sign requirements from the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA. In this three minute podcast, Dan Clark spells out the requirements for: • Hazard Warning signs: ○ Danger – White text on red background. The most serious danger. ○ …

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First Aid Requirements for Workplaces


First aid kits in the workplace are mandated by OSHA. Hear about the minimum standard changes in 2015 and if a trained person is necessary. If a company’s work location is far from emergency services, OSHA requires that a person be qualified. For the workplace, OSHA refers to ANSI’s standard. Hear about the two types of kits in ANSI’s standard, Class A and Class B, and which is right for your company. ANSI revised its …

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Eyewashes Cause Eye Infections?


Eyewashes can injure the eyes if the water is allowed to stagnate. OSHA issued a reminder about flushing and cleaning eyewash stations. Listen for details. It seems crazy that eyewashes could HURT the eyes. In this podcast, Dan Clark explains how it can happen with systems that are not maintained. Hear about flushing self-contained units and plumbed systems. Dan also warns that those sealed saline water bottle systems need care. See the transcript below for …

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Pipe Marking – ANSI Best Practices


Pipe marking can stop injuries. Labels on pipes give visual safety cues to workers on the job. Color codes from ANSI will help employees know what is inside a pipe, and if it is dangerous. The color of the background and text of the pipe making label will quickly identify pipe contents, from potable water to toxic sludge. The facility should have a common color key posted so all workers are familiar it. The larger …

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Safe Welding


A fireproof workplace and personal protective equipment are critical for safe welding. Welding is a hot work process due a gas flame, an electric arc, a laser or other dangerous heat source. Employees must be properly protected from the high heat and arc flash produced in the welding process. 
Follow rules in ANSI Z49, the guide for safe welding. Flame resistant (FR) clothing will prevent burns. 

UV filters in goggles and helmets will shield the …

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Color Coding For Safety


This is a surprise! OSHA does NOT have requirements for safety color coding in the workplace. But ANSI does. The American National Standards Institute suggests labeling areas with seven colors for safety or organizational categories. Use the same color scheme throughout your facility, using only a few colors. Consistency and simplicity make it easier for workers to remember. Employees should have regular training on the color meanings. Colored safety tape on floors should be durable …

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