Regulatory Compliance

The Brave New World of Obamacare

In the midst of a U.S. manufacturing renaissance, the disastrous rollout of Obamacare could put a crimp on manufacturers – particularly small shops. Of the nearly 11,000 pages (and counting) of new regulations imposed by this new law, no one really understands the full impact that lies ahead, what new regulations will be added, or how other arcane portions of the law will be changed in the future. Here is a general review of what we do know so far. 
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Regulatory Compliance: Articles

Safety in the Digital Age: Regulating Worker Use of Distracting Devices

Because time is increasingly money, the rapid transfer of information from individuals in the field to key decision makers directly correlates to increased productivity and profitability. Reacting to distracting devices with a knee-jerk, one-size-fits-all regulation not only hamstrings innovation and continual improvement efforts, it also reinforces the image of the safety professional as the out-of-touch theorist, self-righteous obstructionist, or clueless goofball.
The dangers of distraction while working have garnered a great deal of attention. Distraction increases the risk of injury, but taking the appropriate steps to reduce distraction are neither easy nor simple. Much thought must be given to the consequences, fairness, and practicality of any regulations aimed at reducing the risks associated with worker distraction.

THE ANSI / AWS WAY TO A SAFE WELDING WORKPLACE

The two different styles of risk assessment that exist between ISO and AWS do not represent merely a matter of semantics and personal preference. The desired risk assessment outcome is the selection of safeguards to mitigate a specific hazard. In virtually all cases the difference represents a choice between a structured rating system and an actual safeguard selection schedule. (Photo courtesy of Herker Industries)
U.S. welding engineers that use industrial arc welding robots can choose from a number of available voluntary industry standards to provide guidance on the subject of robot system safeguard selection. However, differences exist between a highly subjective matrix style of risk assessment and a more focused and structured risk assessment such as the AWS Protocol Method. Here are some reasons why the selection of proper safeguards should be a straightforward process that provides consistent results.

Wiper Rule Endorses Reusable Textile Services Operations

“Reusable textile products reduce waste and protect workers. Implementing this rule acknowledges these contributions and that these items play an important role in waste minimization in a variety of industries across the economy"
Kevin Schwalb, TRSA vice president of government relations(Click on photo to enlarge it)
The final rule modifies the definition of solid waste in the RCRA to conditionally exclude solvent-contaminated wipes that are cleaned and reused.

Hearing Protection Innovator Supports OSHA Goals On Hearing Loss Reduction

Sensear supports the significant reduction of workplace-related noise-induced hearing loss, and explains how new technology is now changing the effectiveness of hearing protection.

 

Regulatory Compliance: Products

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Events Calendar
September 21 - 24, 2014
Hilton Chicago -- Chicago, IL
September 23 - 24, 2014
Schaumburg Convention Center -- Schaumburg, IL
September 23 - 24, 2014
The International Centre -- Toronto, Ontario
September 24, 2014
FARO Headquarters -- Lake Mary, FL
September 24 - 27, 2014
Shanghai New International Expo Center -- Shanghai, China