Officials warn storm victims: Roof tarps could trap dangerous gas

Utility officials are warning residents who are using roofing tarps to cover tornado hurricane and storm damage that improper installation can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide levels in houses. The tarps can be harmful if they cover up rooftop vents for natural gas or propane appliances, gas fireplaces, water heaters or furnaces because carbon monoxide [...]

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What If All Shingles Were Recycled?

Owens Corning Roofing and Earth911 partner to promote awareness about recycling shingles – Asphalt shingles are a common roofing material – and a common waste in home repair projects. In fact, every year 10 million tons of shingles are torn off roofs in the U.S., and some estimates say shingles may account for up to [...]

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Building Codes by State

Building Code Reference Library This exclusive national codes resource provides you with detailed information on building codes for all 50 states, major cities, and some counties. In addition to information on codes and amendments, we provide contact information for up to 17 authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) in each market as well as contact information for [...]

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OSHA Wants Workers to Chill Out; Launches Campaign To Prevent Heat-Related Illness

May  7, 2012  3:01 PM, By Sandy Smith As the weather heats up, so do OSHA’s outreach initiatives to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in hot weather. Each year, workers suffer injury and even death from exposure to too much sun and heat. “For outdoor workers, ‘water, rest and [...]

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Fatal Fall Interactive Map

As part of OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign to prevent deadly falls in the construction industry, OSHA is working closely with NIOSH, the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) program and scores of stakeholders to get resources out to employers and workers – especially vulnerable workers with limited English proficiency. To raise awareness of the hazards of [...]

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Heat Safety App for Smartphones

By U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) When you’re working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it — right on your mobile phone. The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat [...]

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Clearing Up the Confusion Surrounding Fall Protection

Falls from heights are a concern at many worksites and there are threshold heights established where various types of fall protection are required. For employees in general industry, the height is 4 feet above a lower level. In construction work, the threshold height is 6 feet above a lower level. Fall protection on scaffolding is [...]

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OSHA Launches New Construction Fall Prevention Campaign

At the April 26 Action Summit for Worker Safety and Health, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis honored Workers’ Memorial Day and revealed a new OSHA campaign focusing on fall prevention in the construction industry. The summit was held at East Los Angeles Community College in Monterey Park, Calif., to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day, which [...]

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