Monthly Archives: June 2011

Electrically safe condition

According the National Electrical Code/National Fire Protection Agency, the term “electrically safe work condition” was first introduced into the electrical code in 1995.  Deenergizing (locking and tagging out of service) any equipment or electrical systems is a fundamental requirement prior … Continue reading

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What a Minnesota State Government Shutdown Might Mean to Safety and Environmental Concerns

Last week Governor Dayton submitted a recommendation of essential services to continue in the event of a government shutdown. Our understanding is that this is a recommendation only, and that an appointed judge or Special Master would make the final … Continue reading

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Chemical inventories

OSHA’s federal hazard communication standard, and Minnesota Right to Know, require that employers keep an inventory of chemicals used in the workplace. Inventories can be maintained by checking product purchase orders against a master inventory list. Anything new should be … Continue reading

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Staying Safe in the Heat

It is hard to ignore the heat we felt yesterday in the Twin Cities. Heat warnings and excessive heat advisories are expected to stay in effect until Wednesday morning. Heat can present a serious hazard: in 1995 over 700 people … Continue reading

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OSHA simplifying standards

From the June 1st edition of OSHA QuickTakes: OSHA announces final rule to reduce employer burdens by removing outdated requirements, streamlining and simplifying standards OSHA announced May 26 the forthcoming release of a final rule that streamlines and simplifies standards … Continue reading

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