Articles by Dave Johnson

63 ways to modernize the OSHA agency

June 7, 2013
We all know what OSHA can’t do. The “can’t do’s” result from influences almost too numerous to name.

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Bosses butt out of the burnout issue

June 7, 2013

Americans work longer hours, take fewer vacations, and retire later than employees in most other industrialized countries, so it figures that many of us are prime candidates for job burnout -- the physical and cognitive exhaustion that comes from too much stress at work over a long period of time.

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OSHA proposes $88,200 in fines against contractor after worker burned in arc flash

June 4, 2013

OSHA cited O'Connell Electric Co. Inc. of Victor, N.Y., for 14 alleged serious violations of safety standards after a company employee was burned in an electrical arc flash on the North Campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo. The electrical contractor faces a total of $88,200 in proposed fines.

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Four categories of PPE required for arc flash risks

June 4, 2013

CATEGORY 0 -Protective Clothing, Non-melting or Untreated Natural Fiber (i.e. untreated cotton, wool, rayon, or silk, or blends of these materials) with a fabric weight of at least 4.5 oz/yd²
• Shirt (long sleeve)
• Pants (long)

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OSHA interprets need for heavy FR uniforms

Comfort versus protection
June 3, 2013

Scenario: I am an electrician with thirty years of experience.  Currently, I'm employed as an electrician by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, at Orlando International Airport, FL.  For the past ten years I have been wearing lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing while working in the heat and humidity.

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OSHA interprets NFPA 70E questions from the field

Do these scenarios apply to your workplace?
May 31, 2013

Question (1): Scenario: Employees will be using an insulated device to verify that an electrical circuit that has been "turned off, locked, and tagged" is de-energized. Are these employees required to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) under OSHA's construction standard 1926.416(a)(1) and/or NFPA 70E?

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Arc flash statistics

400 fatalities a year
May 31, 2013

Statistics have been compiled from various sources and present a sobering picture of arc flash incidents in the USA.

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OSHA standards action in 2013? Forget about it

May 31, 2013

At AIHce 2013, AIHA Director of Government Affair Aaron Trippler gave an informal assessment of the political side of occupational safety and health, circa 2014. The reason nothing is getting done in DC is both parties have lost control of their members, said Trippler.

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NFPA 70E: Definitions you should know

A handy guide
May 31, 2013

OSHA requires employers to protect employees from electrical hazards, including arc flash. Yet OSHA does not specifically explain how to comply with these regulations. NFPA 70E is the bridge between OSHA regulations and compliance.

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How are you doing with innovation?

The value of "forced collaboration"
May 30, 2013

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists® (ACGIH) kicked off the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce) 2013 in Montreal, Canada, with a dynamic presentation by Frans Johansson, CEO of The Medici Group in New York, NY.

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