Alarm Systems Are Crucial During Workplace Emergencies

January 19, 2009

Help guarantee that your workplace has adequate means of alerting employees in the event of an emergency:

  • Ensure that employee alarm systems are recognizable and perceptible in every location during emergency conditions
  • Instruct employees on the location of alarm pull boxes
  • Train employees on all alarm and evacuation procedures and conduct periodic drills
  • Post emergency phone numbers, including the numbers for the local fire department, hospitals and ambulances, police department, plant emergency services, fire brigade, or health center (if provided)

National Safety Council Calls for Nationwide Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving

The National Safety Council (NSC) is calling on motorists to stop using cell phones and text messaging devices while driving and is urging businesses to enact policies prohibiting these practices and governors and legislators in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to pass laws banning the behaviors.

“Studies show that driving while talking on a cell phone is extremely dangerous and puts drivers at a four times greater risk of a crash,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the NSC. “Driving drunk is also dangerous and against the law. When our friends have been drinking, we take the car keys away. It’s time to take the cell phone away.”

A study from the Harvard Center of Risk Analysis estimates that cell phone use while driving contributes to 6% of crashes, which equates to 636,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, 12,000 serious injuries, and 2,600 deaths each year. The study also put the annual financial toll of cell phone-related crashes at $43 billion.

Talking on a cell phone may be less distracting than some other activities people may engage in while driving, but the use of cell phones and texting devices is much more pervasive, making it more dangerous overall, Froetscher said. The NSC also points to studies from researchers at the University of Utah that show the use of hands-free devices are not any safer to make cell phone calls while driving. Another study demonstrates that talking to passengers, as opposed to talking on a cell phone, actually makes adult drivers safer, because passengers help alert drivers to potential driving risks.

“When you’re on a call, even if both hands are on the wheel, your head is in the call, and not on your driving,” Froetscher said. “Unlike the passenger sitting next to you, the person on the other end of the call is oblivious to your driving conditions. The passenger provides another pair of eyes on the road.”

A significant amount of vehicular cell phone use is done on the job. Many businesses have already acknowledged the injuries and costs associated with this behavior by adopting policies that ban cell phone use by employees on the roads. Among NSC member businesses that responded to a survey, 45% said they have company policies prohibiting on-road cell phone use. Of those, 85% said the policies make no difference in business productivity.

“Anyone with a busy job knows the temptation to multi-task and stay in touch with the office while driving,” Froetscher said. “Believe me, I’ve been there. I didn’t realize how much risk I was taking. Most people don’t. Employers understand how dangerous the behavior is and their potential liability. We are asking all businesses to join us by adopting policies banning calling and texting while driving on the job.”

Froetscher is sending letters this week to all governors and state legislative leaders, encouraging them to adopt statewide bans. She acknowledged that achieving and enforcing bans in all states will be a challenge, but she said the NSC has successfully faced similar challenges in the past, such as seatbelt enforcement.

“It may be hard for some people to imagine how certain laws, such as those concerning drunk driving, teen driving, seatbelt use, and booster seats, can be enforced by observation alone,” Froetscher said. “Smart people in law enforcement get together to address such issues. They develop creative and successful measures to identify violators, such as high-visibility enforcement strategies.”

The NSC will take a three-fold approach to leading change: advocating legislation; educating the public and businesses about the risk of cell phone use while driving; and supplementing distracted driving content in its training of 1.5 million people annually in defensive driving courses.

“The change we are looking for, to stop cell phone use while driving, won’t happen overnight. There will be a day, however, when we look back and wonder how we could have been so reckless with our cell phones and texting devices,” Froetscher said.


Michigan OSHA Drafts New Rule for Ergonomics in General Industry

Michigan OSHA’s Ergonomics Standard Advisory Committee has developed another draft of the Proposed Minimum Ergonomics Standard that is applicable for general industry. This most recent draft was presented at a Jan. 14, 2009, meeting of the General Industry Safety Standards Commission (GISSC) and the Occupational Health Standards Commission (OHSC). The proposed standard would apply only to businesses in general industry, not the construction industry.

The next step will be for the two commissions to formally consider the draft rule. If the draft is accepted, the commissions must complete a Regulatory Impact Statement. Public hearings must be held to provide formal opportunity for public input on the draft rule.

OSHA Proposes $115,500 in Fines Against Massachusetts’ Arms Plant for Lead Exposure and Firing Range Hazards

OSHA has proposed $115,500 in fines against Kahr Arms of Worcester, Mass., for alleged willful and serious violations of workplace health and safety standards at its manufacturing plant and testing facility. The citations and fines follow OSHA inspections initiated in response to employee complaints and concerns regarding potential overexposure to lead on the plant’s firing ranges and to being struck by rebounding fragments during test firing of weapons.

“Adequate safeguards were not present to reduce and minimize the effects of these hazards on employees’ health and safety,” said Mary Hoye, OSHA’s area director in Springfield.

Specifically, OSHA found that the plant did not perform the required quarterly monitoring to determine employees’ lead exposure levels during range-clearing operations and did not implement engineering controls to reduce those exposure levels. These conditions resulted in the issuance of two willful citations with $98,000 in proposed penalties. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.

OSHA also issued the company seven serious citations, with $17,500 in fines, for additional deficiencies in lead monitoring and controls, lack of protective clothing, not requiring lead-exposed employees to shower at the end of each work shift, deficiencies in the plant’s respirator program, and failing to adequately shield employees against being struck by rebounding bullet fragments during test-firing operations. OSHA issues serious citations when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from hazards about which the employer knew or should have known.

Lead is a cumulative poison that can, over time, damage the body’s blood, nervous, neurological, and reproductive systems. OSHA standards mandate the steps employers must take to protect their employees against lead exposure. .

Massachusetts’ Concrete Manufacturer, Flagg-Palmer Precast Inc., Faces $76,900 in OSHA Fines

OSHA has cited Flagg-Palmer Precast Inc. for 35 alleged repeat, serious, and other than serious violations of workplace health and safety standards at its Oxford, Mass., manufacturing plant. The concrete products manufacturer faces a total of $76,900 in proposed fines following an OSHA inspection prompted by employee complaints.

“These citations address a variety of hazards that should not exist in this type of workplace,” said Mary Hoye, OSHA’s area director in Springfield. “The fact that some of these conditions mirror those cited by OSHA in 2006 emphasizes the need for this employer to pursue prompt, continuous, and effective corrective action.”

OSHA’s inspection found instances of bridge cranes with defective components; production and common areas littered with oil tanks, concrete rubble, combustible trash, rubbish, and other debris; blocked or obstructed emergency exits; lack of eye, head, and foot protection; no eyewash station; a defective fork truck and no forklift training; defective slings; unguarded table saw and grinder; ungrounded or unprotected electrical equipment or wiring; unlabeled containers of hazardous chemicals; and no hazard communication training.

These conditions resulted in the issuance of 25 serious citations, with $43,500 in fines. OSHA issues serious citations when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from hazards about which the employer knew or should have known.

The company also was issued nine repeat citations, with $32,400 in fines, for hazards similar to those cited in a 2006 OSHA inspection. These citations addressed unguarded open-sided floors; no written confined space hazard program; unmarked confined spaces; no formal written program, hardware, and training to instruct employees in shutting down machines’ power sources to prevent their unintended startup during maintenance; an ungrounded extension cord; exposed live electrical parts; and no written hazard communication program.

Additionally, one other than serious citation, with a $1,000 fine, was issued for incomplete or incorrect logging of occupational injuries.

OSHA Issues $68,000 in Fines Related to Fatality at Former Massachusetts Shipyard During Dismantling of Goliath Gantry Crane

OSHA has completed inspections prompted by a fatal Aug. 14, 2008, accident at the former Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Mass. Employees were dismantling the 3,000-ton overhead Goliath gantry crane when one of its legs fell to the ground, crushing one employee and injuring three others.

OSHA’s inspection found that Norsar LLC, the contractor overseeing the dismantling, and Sarens, the subcontractor that owned and operated the jacking system used to support the crane during the dismantling process, deviated from the original disassembly plan, choosing to dismantle the crane’s 160-foot long, 175 metric-ton weight legs in single units rather than in two 80-foot sections.

These changes exposed employees to crushing and struck-by hazards due to inadequate planning, failure to control movement, and failure to assure the structural stability of the leg during its removal. Excessive pull and push forces were applied to the leg, which shot out, severed its support connections, and crashed to the ground. The two companies also failed to avoid or minimize employees’ presence in the danger zone.

As a result, Norsar and Sarens were both issued serious citations for exposing employees to crushing and struck-by hazards. OSHA issues serious citations when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from hazards about which the employer knew or should have known.

In addition, these two contractors plus a third, Daniel Marr and Son Co., were cited for exposing the employees, who were working near water, to drowning and fall hazards due to lack of guardrails, personal flotation devices, life vests, rescue skiffs, and/or fall protection.

Norsar was issued five serious citations with $35,000 in proposed fines; Sarens was issued three serious citations, with $21,000 in fines; and Marr was issued four serious citations with $12,000 in fines. The fines proposed to Norsar and Sarens were $7,000 each, the maximum allowed under law for serious citations.

Each company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed fines to meet with OSHA or to contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. This inspection was conducted by OSHA’s Boston South Area Office.

OSHA Fines Roofing Company $50,000 for Fall Hazard at New Jersey Worksite

OSHA has cited Peach State Roofing for an alleged workplace safety violation at a Sicklerville worksite. Headquartered in Rock Hill, S.C., the company had two employees working on the site at 677 Cross Keys Road.

OSHA initiated its inspection on July 16, 2008, as part of a local emphasis program focused on fall hazards in construction. As a result of the inspection, the company received one citation for a repeat violation with a proposed penalty of $50,000.

“Fall hazards are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and deaths,” says Michael Corbett, acting area director in OSHA’s Marlton, N.J., office. “Peach State Roofing can eliminate this hazard and ensure a safe and healthy workplace for its employees by establishing an effective safety and health management system.”

The repeat violation reflects the company’s failure to provide fall protection for employees working approximately 13 feet aboveground. OSHA issues repeat violations when it finds a substantially similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule, or order.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. This inspection was conducted by OSHA’s Marlton office.

HealthCare Ergonomics Conference Coming to Portland in March

Bill Marras, a national leader on the subject of low back disorders in the workplace, will deliver the keynote speech at the third National HealthCare Ergonomics Conference planned for March 9–12 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. Current research and the latest in injury prevention strategies will be highlighted at the Conference.

The Oregon Coalition for HealthCare Ergonomics, the University of Washington Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety, and the Washington Safe Patient Handling Steering Committee are presenting the conference in conjunction with the 2009 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference.

Over the past several years, it has become well accepted that physical work factors, coupled with individual and psychosocial factors, are associated with low back pain risk. Marras will discuss how various risk factors interact to increase the risk of low back pain and how these risks can be effectively mediated with special focus on patient handling tasks.

Other health care ergonomic topics to be offered include:

  • Making the business case for ergonomics and safe patient/resident handling programs
  • Safe patient handling equipment selection and installation
  • Caring for the obese population
  • The patient’s perspective on safe patient handling
  • Ergonomics for computer and e-charting workstations, environmental services and housekeeping, rehabilitation, therapy, and diagnostic services

The 2009 GOSH Conference will feature more than 30 full-day workshops and 115 single-topic classes. It is designed to educate managers and workers about safety and health issues. Registration for the conference opens this month. 

New Resource Available to Help in Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Older Adults

Do you know how to tell the difference between carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and the flu? The answer to this and other questions about preventing carbon monoxide poisoning can be found in a new fact sheet developed by EPA. The new fact sheet is the 8th fact sheet in a series of educational information for older adults and their caregivers about preventing exposure to harmful environmental hazards.

Carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless gas, is the most common cause of poisoning death in the United States. Unintentional CO poisonings are responsible for about 500 deaths and 15,000 visits to the emergency room each year. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be prevented by installing a carbon monoxide alarm, yet less than one-third of homes have them installed.

Everyone is at risk of being poisoned by CO exposure. Older adults with health conditions such as chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems are even more susceptible. Devices that produce CO include cars, boats, gasoline engines, stoves, and heating systems. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces.

The new fact sheet presents an easy way to remember how you can prevent CO poisoning using the letters “I CAN B” in the following acrostic:

  • Install CO alarms near sleeping areas
  • Check heating systems and fuel-burning appliances annually
  • Avoid the use of non-vented combustion appliances
  • Never burn fuels indoors except in devices such as stoves or furnaces that are made for safe use
  • Be attentive to possible symptoms of CO poisoning.


Experts Advise Against Use of Antibiotics for This Year’s Cold and Flu Season

Some grocery-store chains like Giant, Stop & Shop, and others have recently begun offering free antibiotics at their pharmacies. Most concerning are promotions that link antibiotics to the winter cold-and-flu season—despite the fact that antibiotics will have no effect on these viral illnesses and carry risks of serious side effects.

Experts warn that antibiotic giveaways by grocery-store pharmacies are an unhealthy promotional gimmick, particularly when you consider how antibiotic-resistant infections are continuing to grow. The Infectious Diseases Society of America () says that if grocery-store pharmacies want to help customers and save them money during cold and flu season, they should offer free influenza vaccinations instead of offering free antibiotics.

“While it may make good marketing sense, promoting antibiotics at a time when we are facing a crisis of antibiotic resistance does not make good public health sense,” IDSA President Anne Gershon, MD, said. “On the other hand, grocery stores would be doing a tremendous service if they help more people get their flu shots.”

Information from a new study, available in the February 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, shows that workers (age 50–64) who received the influenza vaccine lost substantially fewer days of work and worked fewer days while ill. However, the influenza vaccine is underutilized and millions of doses were thrown away at the end of the last two flu seasons.

 “Each year, tens of millions of antibiotics are prescribed for viral conditions, like the common cold, for which antibiotics are totally ineffective. Overuse of antibiotics is jeopardizing the effectiveness of these essential drugs.”

In some parts of the country, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is the leading cause of emergency room visits for skin and soft tissue infections. To make matters worse, there are very few new antibiotics under development to fight resistant bacteria.

In addition, the risks associated with antibiotics are under-appreciated. Allergic reactions and other adverse events cause an estimated 142,000 emergency room visits annually, according to a recent study by CDC.

“Most doctors know better than to prescribe antibiotics when they are not needed,” Dr. Gershon added. “But many find it hard to say ‘no’ to sick patients who think antibiotics will make them feel better. We are concerned that these pharmacy marketing efforts will encourage patients to ask for antibiotics prescriptions.”

IDSA urges grocery store pharmacies to partner with the CDC’s “Get Smart” program. CDC and its partners educate the public and health care providers about when antibiotics will and won’t work and the dangers of antibiotic resistance.

Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Risk for Older People

Almost everyone knows about winter dangers such as broken bones from falls on icy steps, sidewalks, or streets. But cold weather also can cause an important, less obvious danger that can affect older people. Older adults are especially vulnerable to hypothermia, which can be deadly if not treated quickly. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has some advice to help older people avoid hypothermia.

Hypothermia occurs when a person’s body temperature drops below normal and stays low for a prolonged period of time. With advancing age, the body’s ability to endure long periods of exposure to cold is lowered.

Older people also are at risk for hypothermia because their body’s response to cold can be diminished by certain illnesses, such as diabetes and some medicines, including over-the-counter cold remedies. In addition, older adults may be less active and generate less body heat. As a result, they can develop hypothermia even after exposure to relatively mild cold weather or a small drop in temperature.

The best way to identify someone with hypothermia is to look for confusion or sleepiness, slowed or slurred speech, shivering or stiffness in the arms and legs, weak pulse, poor control over body movements, or slow reactions. If you suspect that someone is suffering from the cold and you have a thermometer available, take his or her temperature. If it’s 96 degrees or lower, call 911 for emergency help.

The NIA has information to help you prevent hypothermia. Here are a few tips:

  • Wear several layers of loose clothing when it is cold. The layers will trap warm air between them. Tight clothing can keep blood from flowing freely and lead to loss of body heat.
  • Wear a hat, scarf, gloves or mittens, and warm clothes when you go outside in cold weather. A significant amount of your body heat can be lost through your head, and hands and feet are the first body parts to get cold.
  • To keep warm at home, wear long underwear under your clothes, along with socks and slippers. Use a blanket or afghan to keep legs and shoulders warm and wear a hat or cap indoors.
  • Make sure your home is warm enough. Set your thermostat to at least 68 to 70 degrees. Even mildly cool homes with temperatures from 60 to 65 degrees can trigger hypothermia in older people.
  • Check with your doctor to see if any medications (prescription or over the counter) you are taking may increase your risk for hypothermia.

Because heating costs are high, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has funds to help low-income families pay their heating bills. For more information, contact the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (1-866-674-6327) or the Eldercare Locator (1-800-677-1116).

The NIA has free information about hypothermia. To order the fact sheet, Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard, or the brochure, Stay Safe in Cold Weather, call toll free 1-800-222-2225. 

Shoo the Flu: Keep Workers Healthy This Winter

With cold and flu season having arrived, what’s the best thing workers who are feeling ill can do for themselves and their coworkers? Stay home until they feel better, says Connecticut’s Department of Public Health (DPH) as one of several tips the department is offering to help keep workers healthy this winter.

Workers suffering from illnesses such as the flu or common cold are not only less productive, but they also have the potential to infect many of their coworkers, causing more absenteeism and lost productivity.

Employees should also be diligent about practicing good hygiene around the workplace, especially during winter months. These practices include washing hands frequently with soap and warm water or hand sanitizer, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and avoiding touching your face frequently while at work.

In addition, getting vaccinated against influenza is the single most effective step workers can take to reduce their chances of getting ill this winter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that U.S. businesses could save up to $12 billion annually just by providing flu shots for their employees.

 DPH encourages employers to print copies of the alert and post them in various locations around their workplaces.

CDC Advises Showing Your Children How to Live a Healthy Life

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it is never too early or too late to address the health of your family and offers ideas for showing your children how to live a healthy life. As a parent, the things you do and say have a tremendous influence on your child’s behavior. Encourage your child to live a healthy lifestyle by talking the talk and walking the walk. If you don’t know where to start, the CDC offers the following ideas.

Eat Right—There are many ways to assure that you have a healthy diet. One is to get enough fruit and vegetables each day. A growing body of research shows that fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health. To get the amount that’s recommended, most people need to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables they currently eat every day.

Action steps toward eating right include:

  • Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on your kitchen counter.
  • Place a box of raisins in your child’s backpack and in your briefcase.
  • Add strawberries, blueberries, or bananas to your cereal, oatmeal, or toast.


Engage in Physical Activity—Regular physical activity is important for all age groups. Being active helps control your weight, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mental health and mood, and reduces your risk of many life-threatening diseases.

Action steps toward engaging in physical activity include:

  • Encourage your children to be active for at least one hour a day.
  • Set a positive example by leading an active lifestyle yourself.
  • Take family walks or play active games together.


Take Care of Your Teeth—Did you know that even though tooth decay is largely preventable it affects millions of Americans each year? Untreated cavities can cause pain, inability to eat comfortably or chew well, and embarrassment at discolored and damaged teeth—problems that can greatly affect the self-esteem and quality of life of children and adults.

Action steps toward taking care of your teeth include:

  • Use fluoride toothpaste.
  • Drink fluoridated water when available.
  • Schedule oral health examinations for yourself and your child as recommended by your dentist.


Avoid Tobacco Use—Avoiding all forms of tobacco will reduce the chance that your children will grow up using tobacco themselves. Cigarettes, cigars, and spit tobacco—as well as the chemicals found in secondhand smoke—hurt your health and are known to cause cancer. Babies who are around tobacco smoke have weaker lungs than other babies. They are more likely to have other health problems such as infections and more frequent asthma attacks. There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke and eliminating smoking in indoor spaces is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke.

Action steps toward avoiding tobacco use include:

  • If you use tobacco, free quit support is available at 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669).
  • Don’t allow smoking in your home or car.
  • Talk to your kids about avoiding tobacco use.

It is never too early or too late to address the health of your family. 

Peanut Corporation of America Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Bulk Peanut Butter

Peanut Corporation of America (PCA)—a peanut processing company and maker of peanut butter for bulk distribution to institutions, food service industries, and private label food companies—has announced a voluntary recall of peanut butter produced in its Blakely, Ga., processing facility because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. All product affected was produced on or after July 1, 2008, specific to the lot numbers and descriptions listed below.

The peanut butter being recalled is sold by PCA in bulk packaging to distributors for institutional and food service industry use. It is also sold under the brand name Parnell’s Pride to those same industries. Additionally, it is sold by the King Nut Company under the label King Nut. PCA customers who received the recalled product are being notified by telephone and in writing.

None of the peanut butter being recalled is sold directly to consumers through retail stores.

“We deeply regret that this has happened,” said Stewart Parnell, owner and president of PCA. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are voluntarily withdrawing this product and contacting our customers. We are taking these actions with the safety of our consumers as our first priority.”

PCA initiated this recall after an open container of King Nut brand peanut butter in a long-term care facility in Minnesota was found to contain a strain of salmonella. King Nut brand peanut butter is produced by PCA.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota laboratory analyses on the contamination in the already-opened container of peanut butter have the same genetic fingerprint as the cases in the national outbreak that has sickened almost 400 people in 42 states.

The voluntary recall of 21 lots of its peanut butter, in containers ranging from 5 to 50 pounds, is being taken immediately. PCA is notifying its institutional customers and has set up a toll-free hotline number (1-877-564-7080) to answer questions.

PCA is continuing to work closely and cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state officials as part of this ongoing investigation.

 The CDC and other public health officials are continuing to conduct surveillance for cases of infection with the outbreak strains, and to gather and analyze data or exposures that may be associated with illness. To date, no association has been found with common brand names of peanut butter sold in grocery stores.

Customers are asked to take all peanut butter manufactured with the lot numbers listed below out of distribution immediately. 

Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can result in abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and fever. Most people infected with Salmonella develop the symptoms 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.

Lot Numbers Affected:

8193, 8194, 8197, 8233, 8234, 8235, 8241, 8255, 8256, 8275, 8276, 8282, 8283, 8284, 8296, 8316, 8330, 8331, 8336, 8345, 8354


Stock Numbers


Pack Size Affected


Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter

6 ct / 5 lb


Crunchy Stabilized Peanut Butter

6 ct / 5 lb


Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter

35 lb


Natural Course Peanut Paste

35 lb


Old Fashioned Creamy Peanut Butter with 1% Salt

35 lb


Crunchy Natural Peanut Butter

35 lb


Creamy Natural Peanut Butter

35 lb


Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter

50 lb


Dark Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter

50 lb


Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter with Monodiglyceride

50 lb


Crunchy Stabilized Peanut Butter

50 lb


Peanut Butter Variegate

45 lb


Voluntary Protection Programs’ Newest List of Participants Is Available on OSHA’s Website

Visit “recent approvals” on the Voluntary Protection Programs () page of OSHA’s website to view the current list of employers approved for new or continued participation in VPP. By examining the information available on this website, you will be able to learn more about how cooperative programs can help protect employees and reduce workers’ compensation costs.

OSHA Shares Safety Information at International Builders’ Show

This is the housing industry’s largest single event and is expected to attract professionals involved in residential or light commercial construction.

Construction Safety Is the Focus of “OSU-OSHA Safety Day”

OSHA’s Columbus, Ohio, Area Office has teamed with Ohio State University (OSU) and several local construction companies and contractor associations to sponsor OSU-OSHA Safety Day on January 27 at OSU’s Fawcett Center. Construction managers, employees, and safety personnel are expected to participate. Admission is free for students in the university’s construction management programs. 

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