PROS TAKE NOTE: IMPORTANT OSHA BULLETIN TThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued a bulletin related to hearing loss brought on by chemical exposure. According to the bulletin, Preventing Hearing Loss Caused by Chemical (Ototoxicity) and Noise Exposure, research demonstrates that exposure to certain chemicals called ototoxicants, may cause hearing loss or balance problems, regardless of noise exposure. Substances containing ototoxicants include some solvents used in paints and stripping and cleanup chemicals. Ototoxic solvents include toluene—often used as a paint thinner, and ethylbenzene—a solvent in paints. The risk of hearing loss is increased when workers are exposed to these chemicals while working around elevated noise levels. This combination often results in hearing loss that can be temporary or permanent, depending on the level of noise, the dose of the chemical, and the duration of the exposure. The new bulletin notes that employers can limit workers’ exposure to ototoxicants by knowing what substances have potential ototoxic effects and by employing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). osha.gov/dts/shib/shib030818.html
Check It Before You Wreck It TIf you’ve ever had to do a job over because you used a water-based paint over an oil, then you’re going to like Tru-Swipes. Working at a paint store, Chad Flood witnessed far too many painters get fooled by rogue doors (the one door out of 12 that’s just not the same as the others). Now the owner of Local San Diego Painting, Flood, along with business partners Herb Barric and Sergio Ibarra of Tru-Line Painting, developed a simple means of verifying a surface in a matter of seconds. Available as one-use wipes and as a hometesting kit that handles up to 12 surfaces, Tru-Swipes reveal whether a coating is oil or water based. Simply wipe a surface three to four times and if paint lifts, it’s water based; if the Tru-Swipe stays clean, it’s oil based. With that knowledge, you can prep the surface for the next coating and do it right—the first time. Tru-Swipes are currently available at Tru-Swipe.com/store
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TThe government agency recently raised the price tag on civil penalties for violations of OSHA standards and regulations, increased to adjust for inflation.
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testing kit. Email: info@Truswipe.com and mention ‘inPAINT’ in the subject line. Samples will ship the next day.
For 2018, OSHA maximum penalties are as follows:
two free single-use swipes and one home-
$129,336 $129,336 Repeat