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Access e-Hazard’s Side-By-Side Comparison of Changes to OSHA 1910.269 Standard

Important Note: As of February 2015, compliance dates have changed for enforcement of OSHA standard 1910.269. These changes impact dates listed in this post. Click here for complete details and updated deadlines.

OSHA last issued rules for the construction of transmission and distribution installations in 1972. As you may now know, OSHA has determined that those provisions are out of date and inconsistent with the more recently promulgated general industry standard covering the operation and maintenance of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment. The Final Federal Rule was published to the national register on April 11, 2014 and incorporates changes with regard to FR clothing that have significant impact for employers. The revised standards will ensure that employers, when appropriate, must meet consistent requirements for work performed under the construction and general industry standards (1).

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Tyndale: Safety Starts With Us

June is recognized by many safety professionals and the National Safety Council as National Safety Month. It’s a time when all of us should increase our safety awareness in the workplace and at home. The purpose of National Safety Month is to encourage safe behaviors and prevent the leading causes of avoidable injuries and deaths. The cost of such injuries to Americans and their employers exceeds $793 billion and are paid in the form of taxes, insurance premiums, medical costs, property damage, lost wages and productivity (1). The greatest cost, however, is the emotional toll and suffering for families and loved ones.

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Tyndale One of Six Companies Recognized by APS as Supplier of the Year

Tyndale was one of six companies honored earlier this month as Supplier of the Year by Arizona Public Service (APS), Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility. Tyndale was nominated by APS employees and subsequently evaluated on customer service and overall performance. Our commitment to sustainability, community involvement, and focus on health and safety also played a key role.

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Promoting Workplace Wellness at Tyndale

On June 5th, Tyndale had the privilege and honor of being recognized among Philadelphia Business Journal‘s nominees for Healthiest Employer of Greater Philadelphia. We believe strongly that in order to run a successful business, employers need to keep their employees happy, healthy and engaged. We’ve said that our employees are our greatest asset, and this is just one example of how we successfully deliver on that statement.

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Final OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 Update: Care, Maintenance and Laundering of FR Clothing

During Electrical Safety Month in May, Tyndale began discussing key aspects of OSHA’s revised ruling of 1910.269 as it applies to FR clothing and has aimed to help employers understand its impact and how to properly protect employees.

In this post, Tyndale identifies the last key component of OSHA’s final ruling as it relates to arc rated clothing worn by utility workers. In the updated standard, OSHA supports home laundering of arc rated and FR clothing. While the final rule does not require employers to launder protective clothing for employees, OSHA makes clear that it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure proper care and maintenance of employees’ protective clothing.

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Summer Heat Safety in FR Clothing

As summer draws on and the sun hangs longer in the sky, finding that much needed relief from the heat can be a challenge, particularly for those that work outside for extended periods of time. Even so, preventing heat stress, heat stroke, and other heat-related health issues comes from knowing how to work safely in hot weather.

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Overview of API RP 99: Flash Fire Risk Assessment for Upstream Oil/Gas

Among the many dangers oil and gas worker face, flash fire explosions pose one of the most threatening risks. A flash fire is characterized by high temperature, short duration, and a rapidly moving flame front. The NFPA defines flash fire as, “A fire that spreads rapidly through a diffuse fuel, such as dust, gas or the vapors of an ignitable liquid, without production of damaging pressure (1).”

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