Hot Tips for Improving Welding Safety

Welding — one of the OSHA-defined “hot work” activities — is a major task in many industries. You’ll find it performed in manufacturing, fabrication, and repair work. In fact, anywhere two or more materials must be joined together, welding will likely be present. The...

Crane operator requirements: The wait is over

Virtually all of OSHA’s updates have gone into effect Image: kali9/iStockphoto The long wait for OSHA’s finalized crane operator requirements in construction is over. The agency published the requirements in the Nov. 9 Federal Register and, at press time, just about...

What’s the Story with OSHA Drone Inspections?

Last year, OSHA authorized its regional offices to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”) during workplace inspections. Anxiety-provoking headlines quickly emerged, including: “What’s That Buzzing Overhead? Don’t Get Stung by OSHA’s Safety Inspection Drone;”...

Protecting temp workers

Safety remains a challenge for this often-vulnerable segment of the workforce Regina Allen Elsea was two weeks away from her wedding day on June 18, 2016. The 20-year-old was a temporary employee for an Alabama auto parts manufacturer, and on that day she and three...