Machine Safety Handbook

Looking to put together a policy for machine safety at your facility? Start with this booklet from Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA). This 10 page handbook walks you through the whole process with graphics and checklists and it’s completely free.

Download the booklet by clicking on the image below.


CDC offers Homebuilders Safety Booklet

Home Builders are hard for OSHA and local safety agencies to monitor. There are usually no more than 3 or 4 per job site and the job sites are most often in residential areas, removed from the highly visible larger building construction sites. OSHA passed a fall protection rule for residential construction workers earlier this year because they realized that home builders had a larger than average number of fatalities and injuries from falls. Most residential construction workers simply never donned fall protection gear when working on the roof.

A new publication from NIOSH and the CDC seeks to go further in helping residential construction workers protect themselves from injuries, especially soft tissue injuries.

The 32-Page booklet entitled “SIMPLE SOLUTIONS FOR HOME BUILDING WORKERS – A BASIC GUIDE FOR PREVENTING MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING INJURIES” and you can download it by clicking on the title above or on the image below.


Firefighting Precautions at Facilities with Combustible Dust

We’ve talked and reported on OSHAs’ slow response to the combustible dust issue on this blog several times.
We’ve posted quite a few posts on the issue of combustible dust as well. (

We’d like to report that OSHA has finally started the ball rolling and will soon have a standard available but we can’t because they aren’t. What they have done, however, is to upload a new booklet onto their wesite entitled “Firefighting Precautions at Facilities with Combustible Dust

The 30 page booklet explains why combustible dust is such a danger and how these facilities need special considerations and precautions, both before the fire, in order to prevent and well as once the fire has been started. It gives case studies of injuries and fatalities explaining how they could have been avoided.