What is the Hazcom standard?

Hazcom GHS label

2 min read The HazCom Standards is short for the Hazardous Communication Standard. It started off as a program from OSHA called ‘Right to Know.’ It was based on the fact that employees have a right to know what types of chemicals are being used in the area around them. In addition, they have the right to know what types of dangers these chemicals present. Of course, once employees know about these hazards, they can also demand things …

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Who Uses Process Safety Management?

Process Safety Management

2 min read Many facilities need to develop a comprehensive process safety management program, and OSHA has focused its efforts on this standard in recent years. PSM is an important safety standard regarding highly hazardous chemicals and the proper handling of them. In addition to keeping workers safe, PSM aims to prevent potential disasters by reducing the risk of accidental release of flammable, toxic, or reactive chemicals into the environment. A 2013 Executive Order (EO 13650 “Improving Chemical …

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What you Need to Know About OSHA

2 min read The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, also known as OSHA, is a government body that sets and enforce standards in United States’ workplaces. As an employer, it is important to know OSHA’s priority is for workplace safety and not to issue fines and citations for businesses. Virtually every employee working in the country is “protected” by OSHA. This means workers can anonymously file complaints, request inspections, and are guaranteed the right to safe workplace. OSHA …

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3 Characteristics for a Successful Lockout/Tagout Program

Lockout Tagout Label

2 min read A lockout/tagout (LOTO) program is necessary for facilities with any type of dangerous machinery or equipment. The purpose of having a LOTO program in place is to control hazardous energy and protect those who are physically working or performing maintenance on a dangerous machine. While commonly used to control electricity safely, there are several other types of harmful energy including hydraulic pressure, hydraulic accumulation, pneumatic energy, gas, and many more. The Occupational Safety and Health …

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