Confined Space Reference Wallet Cards

Confined Space reference wallet cards are laminated and fold to fit inside your wallet.  Each card contains important information on: Oxygen Deficient Atmospheres Combustible/Flammable Atmospheres Toxic Atmospheres Heat Related Disorders Permit Required Confined Spaces Pre-Entry Checklist Entry Procedures Emergency Procedures Orders of 25 or more cards receive discounted price of $1.25 for each card ($.50 off … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson July 24, 2017
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Confined Space Train the Trainer UPDATED!

For the last five or so years we have enjoyed considerable success with Version 3 of our Confined Space Entrant, Attendant, and Entry Supervisor curriculum. Nonetheless, we are excited to release Version 4.  On July 14-15, 2015 in Medford, Oregon we will be holding our first train-the-trainer seminar using Version 4 of our confined space training materials. This class is being held in association with the Southern Oregon Chapter of the ASSE … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson November 6, 2015
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Oregon OSHA’s new confined space standards.

New Confined Space Standards Coming From OROSHA. Recently OROSHA released the text of of proposed changes to the confined space standards rules. Their goal is to bring construction under the same standards as general industry. The proposed rules can be found here: http://www.orosha.org/pdf/notices/proposed2011/propchgs_conf_sp.pdf As a company with some experience in this area, we decided to offer comments, which can be found … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson July 9, 2014
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Wind Turbine Safety Standards: Adequate or Not?

Are Wind Turbine Safety Standards Adequate? Last Sunday while skimming the business section of our local newspaper (Eugene's Register Guard), I came across an article on training wind turbine workers so that they can avoid accidents and injuries. A key point in the article was the problem with existing wind turbine safety standards. The  writer, Tiffany Hsu,  asserted that: "Watchdog groups say a hodgepodge of state and federal renewable … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson July 9, 2014
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OSHA ASSE Conferences

Over the years we have presented seminars at many safety and health conferences throughout the Northwest. As a company we have always felt that making these investments was a great way to give back to our safety industry and support the hard work of the associations which invest so much time and energy to provide these resources to the public. A list of these seminars can be found on our website including three presentations that are currently … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson April 17, 2014
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Partial Confined Space Entry

Does a partial confined space entry need a permit? One area of concern for many employers relates to the safety requirements needed when an employee reaches into a permit-required confined space to perform a low-hazard job task such as steam cleaning or collecting a sample. Has the employee made a confined space entry? Is a permit needed? What exactly are the requirements? The OSHA regulations don't address this specific situation. The … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson July 9, 2014
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Intent of the OSHA Standard: Important or Not?

Understanding the importance of the intent of the OSHA standard. We spend a fair amount of time fielding questions about confined space, fall protection and excavation safety. Most of time people describe a scenario and ask us whether we would consider it safe or compliant. Generally their questions hinge on an activity that is not directly addressed by the OSHA regulations. As a trainer and consultant I rarely tell them that something is … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson July 9, 2014
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Scissors Lift Fall Protection Questions

Does working on a scissors lift require fall protection? Recently a vigorous online discussion erupted over this question when it was asked on an online message board. When I last checked over 140 people had expressed a wide variety of fact and opinion. The question itself was simple to answer: "No, OSHA doesn't require an employee to use fall protection when using a scissors lift (i.e., work platform that cannot be positioned completely … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson July 9, 2014
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Intrinsically Safe Classifications

Certain jobs often call for “intrinsically safe” or “explosion-proof” tools and equipment such as lighting and radios. The purpose of this requirement is ensuring that our equipment doesn’t create a source of ignition which in turn could ignite vapors, dusts, mists, or fibers in the atmosphere. There are several classes of intrinsically safe equipment which have been tested and rated by Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) and they are broken down … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson April 17, 2014
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Heat Stress

Are you at elevated risk for heat stress?  During these dog days, heat stress can be a big problem.  Heat causes our bodies to undergo physical changes such as changes in our circulation.  More blood flows to the skin and less flows to the kidneys and other organs. Also, heart-rate increases to maintain adequate blood pressure.  In addition to PPE use, exertion, time of day, and humidity, other factors that can increase your chances of a heat … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson April 17, 2014
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