Articles by Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM

OSHA compliance questions?

Resolve with a letter of interpretation
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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To fully comply with OSHA requirements, you must understand the agency’s intent as well as letter of the law.


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Residential CO detectors: Good enough to use at your worksite?

By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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Carbon monoxide, primarily as a by-product of combustion, is a colorless, odorless gas that may cause illness or death at sufficient concentrations.


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Calling all mentors

Have you found yours?
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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Early in my career as an EHS pro, my peers and I believed that joining an association such as ASSE or AIHA, obtaining credentials such as CIH and CSP, getting an advanced degree, followed by progressive increases in pay, usually by doing similar work in another organization, defined career success


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Paranoid about chemicals?

Many companies are overly cautious
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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OSHA’s December 1, 2013, HazCom/GHS training deadline means that within approximately one year the majority of America’s workforce will obtain a revised picture for precautions when working with chemicals.


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As your safety world evolves

Risk management may be indistinguishable from safety
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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Figure 1 illustrates that workplace safety continues to evolve by adding layers of concepts and activities to its sphere of influence.


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Make way for Germany’s MAK

Maximum concentration values should be used at U.S. worksites
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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Six reasons why Germany’s MAK — Maximum Concentration Values in the Workplace — should be recognized and applied in U.S. worksites


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The new heart of hazcom

Labels with mandatory phrases
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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For most workplaces, the heart of Hazcom has been the compilation of material safety data sheets (SDS) housed in 3-ring binders and made available to employees.


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Is it safe for pregnant workers?

You can help to reasonably reduce hazards
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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The EEOC received 53,865 charges alleging pregnancy discrimination over the past ten fiscal years — more than a 35% increase in charges from the previous ten years.


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An “unborn child’s” health and safety

Do you accept the responsibility?
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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OSHA’s modified hazard communication standard (HCS) mandates a highly controversial and divisive issue that was not addressed in the preamble.


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Dealing with the ultimate failure

After a worker’s death, don’t haunt yourself with “what if’s”
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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A death in the workplace is the ultimate failure of any safety and health program.


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