Confined Space: When Air Testing Before Entry is Impractical

A client recently called me with a question. At his facility there was a confined space (a large vault) that they wanted to enter using alternate entry procedures (also known as reclassifying the space). Issues such as these are routinely addressed in our Confined Space Train the Trainer classes. Over the years his crews had entered the vault many times and had never encountered a hazardous atmosphere, nor had work activities ever created … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson July 20, 2017
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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┬áincluding three presentations that are currently … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson April 17, 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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Certification Questions

We're often asked if our safety and rescue classes are 'certified by OSHA' or if you take a class will you be 'certified'? I usually respond by saying that if you complete the class you'll receive a certificate and you'll be awarded continuing education units (CEUs). But will that make you 'certified' in the normal sense of the word? Not really. When it comes to most types of safety or rescue training, the only entity that can certify … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson August 26, 2016
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