Recorded at AIHce EXP 2023
Each year, OSHA conducts thousands of industrial hygiene evaluations throughout the country. OSHA's industrial hygienists evaluate exposures to chemicals, biological agents, musculoskeletal disorders, confined space hazards and other health related hazards in workplaces. They identify new and emerging health hazards due to changes in technology or the introduction of new products and processes.
This educational session reviews two OSHA inspections of particular interest.
1) Construction Worker Fatality from Overexposure to Hydrogen Sulfide in Dry Well reviews the circumstances and findings of a preventable fatality involving construction worker, an excavation, and a dry well. The findings presented will raise awareness about direct-reading portable gas monitors and cross-sensitivity.
2) Safety Drift Leads to Fatal Entry into a Confined Space highlights another tragic confined space fatality in an industrial maintenance setting. The findings of the incident show inherent difficulties with the employer's corporate safety program, which was not thoroughly implemented at the field level.
Upon completion of the session,
- Attendees will gain practical information regarding exposure assessment and control. They will more about OSHA's approach to conducting inspections for workplace health issues.
Liz Nieves Santiago