OSHA’s 1910 subpart S requires training for any employee who may come in contact with an electrical hazard.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace is OSHA’s go-to resource on best practices necessary for electrical safety. NFPA updates their 70E standard every 3 years, with their most recent … Read More


OSHA has recently announced a Regional Emphasis Program (REP) for Exposure to Noise Hazards in the Workplace.  The Appleton and Milwaukee area OSHA offices have issued letters to employers who are the focus of this REP. Here is an excerpt from the OSHA letter: “Work-related hearing loss continues to be a critical workplace safety and … Read More


OSHA penalties have increased again in 2018.  The Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015 requires the Department to adjust its assessed penalty levels no later than January 15 of each year. Fox Valley Safety & Training focuses on safety training to keep your safety program OSHA compliant.  However, we are also here to … Read More


  As previously posted, the Silica Rule (Construction) was slated to take effect in June of this year.  After some delay, the rule officially takes effect Saturday, September 23, 2017. Check out OSHA’s fact sheet on the Crystalline Silica Rule: Construction. Are you prepared?  We can help… Air sampling Silica awareness training Respiratory training Pulmonary function tests … Read More


Why a Forklift Safety Day you ask?  Here is some disturbing information regarding forklifts.  According to the Department of Labor Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT or forklift) were #6 of the top 10 most cited OSHA standard in fiscal year 2016.  This list rarely changes from year-to-year and is the result of almost 32,000 OSHA inspections.  … Read More


Picture above:  Ed O’Brien, Safety Trainer & Consultant, conducts hands-on portable fire extinguisher training at Aurora BayCare Medical Center   According to the National Fire Data Center, national estimates for nonresidential building fires and losses in 2015, the most recent year for which data are available, include: Fires: 104,600 Deaths: 70 Injuries: 1,325 Dollar loss: … Read More


Every year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compiles a list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for its fiscal year.  This year’s list is compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. Consider this list a starting point for workplace safety in your company.  Have you … Read More


The dangerous nature of confined spaces requires us to be hyper-vigilant regarding worker safety. For those of you familiar with potentially hazardous atmospheres, you recognize that many hazardous gases are both colorless and odorless, which is why air monitoring is essential to your confined space safety program.  But even if the hazardous gas has a … Read More