Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Protecting Factory Electrical Enclosures from Summer Heat

Aug 19, 2019
The threats that make enclosure thermal management necessary to begin with reach the height of their destructive energies all at once, once a year, in the summertime. While some logistics of manufacturing become vastly less complicated in the summer sun, several interrelated changes in the weather threaten the critical electronics that allow production lines to operate. These factors—heat, debri

Active shooter training worked: Walmart employee helps lead 150 people to safety

Aug 19, 2019
Unlike other types of safety training that employees use every day, active shooter instructions are the kind that you hope they’ll never have to depend upon. In the case of the mass shooting at the Walmart in El Paso, TX, active shooter training may have saved dozens of lives. Long-term Walmart employee Gilbert Serna was working at the El Paso store on the day the shooter killed 22 people. Sern

Coalition of attorneys general sue EPA over asbestos regulation

Aug 06, 2019
San Francisco — Attorneys general of 10 states and the District of Columbia are suing the Environmental Protection Agency and its administrator, Andrew Wheeler, over the agency’s refusal to issue a rule to further regulate asbestos – a known human carcinogen. In a lawsuit filed June 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the plaintiffs contend that EPA’s Apr

Dank Dilemma: The Unregulated CBD Market and Drug Testing

Aug 06, 2019
“We are in the Wild Wild West when it comes to CBD,” Adele Abrams exclaimed to a crowded room of attendees at the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Safety 2019 conference. The employment law attorney and president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. in Beltville, Md. isn’t far from the truth. The absence of federal oversight of cannabinol (CBD)-based products has given ri

Worker passed out in front of supervisors: Is that adequate notice for workers’ comp?

Jul 22, 2019
A worker’s supervisors saw him pass out while on the job. But his employer says the worker never gave formal notice of his workplace injury. Did a court award him workers’ comp benefits? Otis Nero worked for the South Carolina Department of Transportation. On June 20, 2012, Nero was part of a SCDOT road crew. His job that day involved pulling a 30-foot-long two-by-four “squeegee board” to

Autonomous Mining, Construction Vehicles Aid in Worker Safety

Jul 22, 2019
The future of vehicles has always been somewhat fantasized. Quotes from movies such as Back to the Future, “Roads? Where we are going, we don’t need roads,” and futuristic scenes depicted through novels make us feel like a tin can with four wheels getting us from Point A to Point B is just plain old boring. Perhaps this is why everyone was so excited a decade ago when the though

July 31 new target for proposed rule to amend trucker hours-of-service regs, DOT says

Jul 09, 2019
Washington — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now eyeing July 31 as the publication date for a proposed rule the agency says would add flexibility to hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers, according to a Department of Transportation regulatory update released in June. Previously, DOT indicated June 7 as the target publication date for the proposed rule, whic

How to Handle Environmental Release Investigations

Jul 09, 2019
Any kind of environmental release at one of your facilities creates the potential for distracting regulatory investigations, stinging fines and costly litigation. Some of that can be ameliorated by conducting the right kind of internal investigation of a leak immediately after it occurs. Internal investigations may be driven by a company’s desire to identify the root cause of an incident, verify

What Would You Do? Can you hire applicant who uses medical marijuana?

Jun 25, 2019
Here’s a challenging scenario: A prospective new hire seems perfect for a position in the shipping office, but she is a legal user of medical marijuana. Company policy says employees can use medical marijuana as long as they’re not in a safety-sensitive position, but the policy fails to clarify what such a job is. What would you do in this situation? Manager Mike Kelly couldn’t help but not

Employers Should File Lockout/Tagout Comments

Jun 25, 2019
Employers subject to the federal Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) rules should take advantage of the opportunity to comment on planned revisions of the standards or face enormous potential costs down the line, several attorneys warn. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Request for Information (RFI) in May seeking input on the agency’s planned revision of the LOTO standard. OSH