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What You Need to Know about the Iowa Respiratory Protection Program

The Iowa Department of Administrative Services’ respiratory protection program sets certain standards to protect workers from respiratory hazards they encounter when performing job tasks. Consider the following program requirements expected from your employer and from you as an employee for following the guidelines of the respiratory protection program.  Supervisor Responsibilities  Your supervisor or manager is responsible for proper administration of the program in your workplace. It is your manager’s duty to educate all employees in his or her charge regarding proper use of the respirator gear and guidelines for when it must be worn.  In addition, your manager or supervisor must do the following tasks.  ensure respiratory protection training among employees. ensure all employees receive medical evaluations prior to the use of respirators. keep all ... Read More »

Changes to Mechanical Power Press Safety Standards

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced updates to its mechanical power press safety standards (29 CRF 1910.217). The standards put in place for the inspection and maintenance of mechanical power presses are designed to protect employees that work with or near these heavy and potentially dangerous machines.  The standards are enforced to ensure that protective functions of the machine, such as guards that protect hands in hazard zones and limiting devices that prevent the start of the machine or presence-sensing devices, are in working order at all times. Inspection and paperwork requirements have been implemented to hold employers accountable for each power press’s maintenance and care.  OSHA has recently published two updates to the 29 CRF 1910.217 standards in order to continue ... Read More »

Changes to OSHA Electrical Safety Standards

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has recently updated its 42-year-old Electric Power Transmission and Distribution for Construction standards. This update incorporates modern electrical safety technology and increased safety precautions for electrical utility workers. The new OSHA electrical safety standards marry industry requirements and construction practices to ensure that the same expectations apply to all types of work.  According to OSHA, the new standards, once fully in place, are expected to prevent a minimum of 20 fatalities and 118 workplace injuries per year and will facilitate compliance for employers by offering easy to understand and apply practices.  While most stipulations of the new OSHA electrical safety standards have been enforced since July 10, 2014, there are some that do not require compliance before April ... Read More »

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