OSHA Updates Eye and Face Protection Standards in Final Rule

Late last month, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) published a final rule that updates the requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction.

The final rule reflects current national consensus standards and ensures that workers can use up-to-date eye and face protection. It also updates references in OSHA’s Eye and Face Protection Standards to recognize the ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, while deleting the outdated 1986 edition of that same national consensus standard.

In addition, the final rule updates the construction standard by deleting the 1968 version of the ANSI standard that was referenced and now includes the same three ANSI standards referenced above to ensure consistency among the agency’s standards.

OSHA’s final rule goes into effect on April 25, 2016. For more information on this final rule, click here.

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Most Commonly Asked Workers Compensation Questions

If you have been injured at work, workers compensation insurance will cover most of your injuries. But there are some exceptions to the rule.

Federal law requires all employers in all states to provide workers compensation benefits to employees who have been injured while on the job. The laws and procedures may differ from one state to another. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding workers compensation.

Are You Eligible for Workers Compensation Benefits?

You have to be an employee in order to qualify for workers compensation benefits. But if you are an interstate railroad worker or a crewmember on a vessel, you are not entitled to workers compensation. The federal law requires you to file a personal injury claim against your employer instead of receiving workers compensation.

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The Serious Consequences of Bad Wiring in Commercial Buildings

Older commercial buildings are hotbeds for fire hazards. Sometimes the structure itself is at fault, but more often than not, it’s bad wiring. Faulty wiring can pose a significant risk for newer buildings, as well, which is why it is important for business owners to closely scrutinize and possibly upgrade electrical wiring before it’s too late. Below, read about eight of the most common mistakes associated with bad wiring or general carelessness in commercial buildings.

1. Damaged Outlets

It’s not always the fault of the wiring. In fact, damaged outlets are one of the leading causes of electrical fires. Outlets must be properly fitted and grounded to meet modern specifications for plugs. Similarly, an older outlet might not have the right prong receptacle; meaning attempting to use it with newer outlets is a bad idea.

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OSHA Announces Details for 2016 National Safety Stand-Down

Last month, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced it will have the third annual National Safety Stand-Down the week of May 2-6, 2016.

The event, which OSHA puts on jointly with other federal safety agencies, is a nationwide effort to remind and educate employers and workers in the construction industry of the serious dangers of falls, which cause the highest number of deaths in the construction industry.

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5 Most Sustainable Buildings

With climate change on the public’s radar, it is only natural that we begin to see a rise in environmentally friendly and sustainable buildings. In this article, we will take a look at five of the world’s most sustainable buildings and see what exactly makes them tick.

Bahrain World Trade Center

First on our list is the Bahrain World Trade Center. Completed in 2008, it is the second highest building in Bahrain, and its main feature are three large wind turbines that are suspended from sky bridges connecting the two towers. These two towers funnel wind from the Persian Gulf to the turbines, which in turn provide enough electricity to power over three hundred homes.

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