OSHA Issues Final Rule to ‘Nudge’ Employers to Prevent Workplace Injury & Illness

Last month, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to help modernize injury data collection. This will help to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards.

OSHA requires many employers to keep a record of injuries and illnesses to help these employers and their employees identify hazards, fix problems and prevent additional injuries and illnesses. However, little to no information about worker injuries and illnesses at individual employers is made available to OSHA.

Under this new rule, employers in high-hazard industries will send OSHA injury and illness data that the employers are already required to collect, and then post that data to the agency’s website.

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New Product Alert: Aveho Odor Neutralizer

Spill 911 is excited to announce the addition of a new line of odor neutralizing products to our website. Aveho Odor Neutralizer, made by Ultra-Tech International, Inc., is an industrial-strength solution to neutralizing even the most intense odors.

Many traditional odor control solutions (air fresheners, baking soda, etc.) have limitations as to how effective they can be against strong and pungent odors. With Aveho, these limitations are eliminated.

Aveho odor removal technology is an engineered material consisting of micro-sized particles that capture and physically bind odor-causing compounds or catalytically convert the odor molecules into non-odorous molecules.

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Spill 911 Wants to Know What You Think About our Products

Spill 911 would like to hear from our customers about what they think about our products. Providing feedback will help us and our suppliers with making any necessary improvements to specific items, as well as highlight particular products that other customers have had success using.

Writing a product review on our website is easy. Each product page will have 2 available links where you can click and write a review of that product. The first link is located at the top of the page right above the product name. The 2nd link is located in the “Reviews” tab, which is to the right of the “Overview” tab on the product page where it gives the product description.

We believe that product reviews will help make the online customer buying experience better for everyone involved. So if you’ve liked using a particular product you’ve purchased from Spill 911 before, why not let the rest of the world know about it too?

EPA Warns Risks of Recharging Air Conditioners with Wrong Refrigerant

With the summer season around the corner, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a statement last week that warns homeowners, manufacturers of propane-based refrigerants, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of the safety hazards related to the use of propane in existing motor vehicle and home air conditioning systems.

The EPA cautions that using a propane-based refrigerant in an air conditioner that is not designed to use propane or flammable refrigerants poses a threat to homeowners as well as service technicians, because systems that are recharged with an unapproved alternative called “22a” can catch fire or explode, resulting in injury and property damage.

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OSHA Announces Availability of Health and Safety Training Grants

The US Labor Department’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced today the availability of a total of $4.6 million in funds from the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.

These grants will fund the creation of in-person, hands-on training and educational programs, as well as the development of materials for workers and employers in small businesses, industries with high injury, illness and fatality rates and vulnerable workers who are underserved, have limited English proficiency or are temporary workers.

The program intends to help workers and employers identify and prevent workplace safety and health hazards. Non-profit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes and colleges and universities are eligible and encouraged to apply for the grants.

The program is named for the late Susan Harwood, former director of OSHA’s Office of Risk Assessment, whose tenure led to the development of worker protection standards for exposure to bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead.

For more information on the available grants, click here. Funding opportunity announcements are available by clicking here. Webinars for the application process can be found by clicking here. And to read the full news release from OSHA, click here.