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Welcome to our blog, where you can post articles, questions, concerns, just about anything about workplace health and safety! To get you started, on the right hand side is a listing of all the blog categories we have posted so far.

Genie Lift Safety Notice – BAD BRAKES!


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Genie was notified of a product service bulletin by Dana Corporation affecting Model 213/142 Drive Axles installed on the below referenced machines and sold as service parts replacement from July 26, 2012 to September 25, 2012. The service and parking brakes on these axles may malfunction due to improper assembly of the internal brake components. Malfunctioning service  and/or parking brakes may result in unintended machine movement, collision or loss of control. To find out more about this safety issue, click HERE for the complete download of […]

Trainers, Qualifications, and the VOSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard


From time to time Health and Safety Professionals either need to hire an outside organization to provide safety training, or acquire the skills to perform safety training for their company. Recently a question about Bloodborne Pathogens / Universal Precautions training was asked at one of VSHC Chapter’s meetings. Specifically, the question was about the qualifications required to present training with regard to biohazards as applied to the VOSHA bloodborne pathogen standard. Under the 29 CFR 1910.1030 Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Paragraph […]

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Chemical Safety, Hazard Communication and the Global Harmonization System


What is the Globally Harmonized System (GHS)? GHS stands for the “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals”. GHS is a system that defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products, and communicates health and safety information on labels and material safety data sheets (called Safety Data Sheets, or SDSs, in GHS). The goal is that the same set of rules for classifying hazards, and the same format and content for labels and safety data sheets (SDS) will […]