The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not assign particular colors to hard hats, and no international convention exists that assigns meaning to the color worn. Some employers, however, do use the color of workers' hard hats to convey meaning, though this is strictly internal to the company or group of contractors.Know More
Most companies that enforce a color code follow an informal standard for their hard hats. Yellow hats are commonly worn by general laborers. Blue is common among electrical workers. Green is sometimes worn by new or probationary employees, and white is reserved for supervisors and visitors to the work site. Additionally, many employers require workers' hard hats be painted in bright, high-visibility shades, and some require the application of reflective tape to the sides or back of the hard hat for easier identification at night.
These color codes developed informally and are far from universal. Molded plastic headgear became common only in the 1950s. Before that, fiberglass or aluminum hard hats made color coding difficult, as most surface paints degrade under the conditions where hard hats are used. One tradition that grew up around color is the practice of keeping a pink hard hat on the job site. This is lent out to workers who report to work having forgotten to bring their personal hard hat from home.Learn more about Carpentry
Links to free material safety data sheets are available on the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) websites, reports the U.S. Department of Labor. An information services company called 3E hosts a database of millions of links to free material safety data sheets at MSDS.com.Full Answer >
OSHA 10 Certification is the voluntary 10-hour program taught by Occupational Safety & Health Administration authorized trainers, according to OSHA. The class is intended for entry-level workers to learn to recognize, avoid, abate, and prevent health and safety hazards in the workplace.Full Answer >
While a number of online OSHA training sites claiming to be OSHA-endorsed or approved are scams, several great reputable online OSHA training courses exist, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. OSHA provides a curated list of approved courses on its website.Full Answer >
Testing the air quality in a workspace involves interviewing the personnel, performing a walk-through to detect olfactory and visual clues, collection of samples and testing for contaminants, reports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. No single test assesses indoor air quality, but rather samples and tests for each potential pollutant.Full Answer >