Tag Archives: workplace safety

The Cal OES HMBP Program

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. The HMBP program provides vital information in the event of a release or threatened release of a hazardous material.   This article is part of a special dedicated series that covers California CUPAs and the Unified Program. For a complete overview, see the June 2019 NES article California CUPA Overview: […]

California CUPA Overview: Enforcing the CalEPA Unified Program

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. California CUPAs protect the public and the environment by enforcing the six environmental programs that comprise the Unified Program.   History of California CUPAs The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) was established in 1991 to oversee environmental protection programs statewide. The agency’s general mission is, “to restore, protect and enhance […]

National Safety Month 2019

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. The topics for National Safety Month 2019 are Hazard Recognition, Slips, Trips, and Falls, Fatigue, and Impairment.   National Safety Month 2019 Begins In the United States, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. This statistic comes from the National Safety Council (NSC), a nonprofit founded in […]

Cal/OSHA vs. Federal OSHA

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. Cal/OSHA maintains a state health & safety plan that differs in some elements from the federal OSHA plan.   Cal/OSHA vs. Federal OSHA: An Overview Since its establishment in late 1970, federal OSHA has maintained authority over assuring worker health & safety in the United States through a variety of […]

The Rise of Workplace Opioid Abuse

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. Employers are increasingly finding themselves confronting the realities of workplace opioid abuse.   Opioid Abuse an Enduring Concern in the Nation The odds of dying accidentally from an opioid overdose rose in 2018 to one in 96, according to an analysis published by Injury Facts, an extension of the National […]

NIOSH’s Hierarchy of Controls

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. NIOSH has a variety of programs that help keep workers safe, including the hierarchy of controls.   NIOSH and the Hierarchy of Controls Poor housekeeping, working at heights, improper extension cord use, and unknown chemicals are all examples of common worksite hazards. Hazards such as these can cause serious injuries […]

OSHA’s “Naughty List”: The Severe Violator Enforcement Program

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. Federal OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program was developed to focus on the worst safety violators.   OSHA’s Controversial Severe Violator Enforcement Program On June 18, 2010, federal OSHA implemented the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). According to the agency, the SVEP was enacted to, “more effectively focus enforcement efforts on […]

Safe + Sound Week: Committing to an Effective Safety and Health Program

Written by: Joe Mangiardi, NES, Inc.  Safe + Sound Week emphasizes the importance of employers and employees working together to maintain an effective safety and health program   The Inaugural Safe + Sound Week Virtually every business can benefit from maintaining a properly designed safety and health program. To this end, several established safety and health agencies […]

Occupational Exposure Banding: An OEL Placeholder

Written by: Joe Mangiardi, NES, Inc. Occupational exposure banding is a process spanning various levels of scientific knowledge   Occupational Exposure Banding and NIOSH The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recently made available for comments a draft document entitled The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process: Guidance for the Evaluation of Chemical […]