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Eric Schmitz

Posts by Eric Schmitz:

Will OSHA use my documentation against me?

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

question mark

Clients frequently ask, “can my own OSHA documentation be used against me?” KPA receives this question frequently, and as such, myKPAonline is programmed to document your hazards correctly as well as to note your documentation’s deficiencies.

Unfortunately there is occasional risk that your records may be used against you by OSHA, as noted by the following federal OSHA policy document on the subject:

“OSHA will not:
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Carbon Monoxide in the Service Department

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

safety first asphalt

Compliance with OSHA standards often includes awareness. For example, while carbon monoxide overexposure is unlikely to result in a fatality, exposure can still cause health problems. For instance, employees exposed to carbon monoxide may become slow of wit and brain, which often leads to accidents and have been known to perform an improper repair. A common complaint to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is overexposure to carbon monoxide.
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Idaho Facility Charged with Violating Whistleblower Rules

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

lawsuit

The U.S. Department of Labor recently filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against an Idaho auto facility after an employee was terminated for raising safety and health concerns in the workplace. The termination violates the whistleblower protection provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
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Determining DOT Civil Penalties

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

civil penalties

To prepare yourself against Department of Transportation (DOT) violations, it is not only important to understand how to stay in compliance, but also to understand how a DOT investigator weighs and determines citations. (more…)

Staying Safe with Car Jacks

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

carjack

When working on automobiles, it is often necessary to use car jacks. While these tools are easy to use, they also create potential danger if used inappropriately. Without knowing load capacities, operators may overload the jack and cause the automobile to fall. It is imperative that car jack operators know prior to use if the jack is capable of lifting and sustaining the load.
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Avoiding DOT Penalties

Friday, September 19th, 2014

penalty

Last week, you learned how a Department of Transportation investigator will decide what your citation is. Understanding penalties is only half the battle; you should also focus on implementing a hazardous shipping program that will be compliant and protect the environment and your employees. (more…)

Possible Ban of Harmful HFC Greenhouse Gases

Monday, September 15th, 2014

forbidden

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the ban of certain hydro-fluorocarbon chemicals (HFCs). This is the second time that the EPA has tried to reduce emissions of HFCs, which the EPA claims significantly contribute to climate change. If the ban is implemented, the action is estimated to reduce greenhouse gases by up to 42 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2020, equal to the carbon dioxide emissions from the annual electricity use of more than five million homes. (more…)

OSHA Announces New Workplace Hazard Identification Tool

Monday, September 8th, 2014

announcement

OSHA has created an interactive training webtool in an effort to teach employers and employees hazard identification skills as well as hazard abatement and control. OSHA also hopes to increase awareness of the types of information and OSHA resources available about workplace hazards with the use of the new tool. (more…)

Automotive Parts Warehouse Cited for Unsafe Forklift Operation

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

violationcompliance

After an OSHA inspection on February 12, 2014, an automotive parts warehouse was cited for unsafe forklift operation with the possible penalty of $52,000. The inspection occurred after multiple complaints of a forklift incident at the facility. (more…)

Heat Related Deaths Due to Lack of Acclimatization Programs

Monday, August 25th, 2014

extreme heat

A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the primary risk factor for heat related illness and deaths is due to the lack of acclimatization programs. Acclimatization is an important part of heat safety, allowing workers to gradually build up their workloads and exposure to heat through the use of frequent breaks for water and rest in shade or air conditioning.
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