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Machine Guarding Accidents and amputation hazards

Machine Guarding Accidents: Preventing Machine-Related Injuries & Ensuring Worker Safety

Regardless of OSHA’s strict machine safety regulations and how much diligence manufacturers give in designing machines that will protect operators, machine guarding injuries do happen. In fact, OSHA states that: “Workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions, and over 800 deaths per year.” Improper maintenance and unsafe machine …

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OSHA Requirements for machine guarding

OSHA Requirements for Machine Guarding: Industry Standards for Machine Safety Systems

Many moving parts of a machine create hazards and can cause serious injuries including amputations. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have set strict requirements for machine guarding to emphasize its importance in promoting workplace safety. But despite this, machine guarding is still part of the top 10 OSHA violations. So …

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General types of machine safeguarding

Types of Machine Safeguarding: Understanding Your Machine’s Safeguarding Needs

Machines both have mechanical and non-mechanical parts that can cause injuries including minor abrasions, cuts, and burns to severe accidents such as lacerations, fractures, and even amputation. To protect your workers from unfortunate incidents such as these, installing adequate safeguards on your machinery is important. You can use several types of machine safeguarding, but how …

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Schools Use Your Breaks for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Baseline Testing

Schools can run the gamut with all the same IAQ risks as any other building owner or employer. There are often extra contaminant sources in areas such as labs, art rooms, or vocational education spaces, such as a garage with running vehicles, where IAQ issues can arise. Too often, when there is a big concern …

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Legionellosis & Legionnaires’ Disease Prevention

In 2018, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) reported nearly 10,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the United States and cautioned that it is likely underdiagnosed. The reported number of Legionnaires’ disease cases grew four-and-a-half times between 2000 and 2016—it’s not clear if this is due to increased awareness and testing, increased Legionella in …

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Consultant On-Call

We are now offering a new service – “Consultant On-Call.” Are there times when you have a compliance question? Regulatory standards are confusing and you need some clarification? Do you think you have the answer and just want to bounce it off of a subject matter expert? Are you looking for recommendations, best practices, or …

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Onsite Safety Professional

Have a construction/demolition project? Want to ensure that your GC has hired qualified personnel and subs? Do you want to measure your EHS program against your industry or for OSHA compliance? RPF Environmental’s safety and health professionals can assist with all of these and more. Our qualified and experienced safety and health professionals can manage …

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OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for COVID-19

OSHA adapted an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for COVID-19 within 29 CFR 1910 Subpart U specifying vaccination, testing, and face coverings (1910.501), healthcare (1910.502), and mini-respiratory protection program (1910.504) requirements. The goal of these provisions was to protect employees of large employer’s from the risk of contracting COVID-19 by establishing minimum vaccination, vaccination verification, face …

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COVID-19 Testing and Evaluation

The importance of different routes of transmission for SARS-CoV-2 is an ongoing area of research. There is growing evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains airborne in indoor environments for hours, potentially increasing in concentration over time. As a result, lowering the airborne concentration of SARS CoV-2 by means of ventilation and filtration can play a …

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Stories of Mold

If you do a search on “stories of mold” on the internet, you will find many horrible stories about people becoming seriously ill and having a hard time recovering. Of people having to leave their homes and most everything in them. Of people having terrible financial issues. Buildings that have become contaminated with mold, from …

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