Ladder accidents rank #6 in OSHA's top-cited violations list for years. It goes hand-in-hand with fall protection and all industries, not only construction, are affected. Missing the last step and overreaching were the two most cited issues as the cause for ladder accidents, according to a study completed by the American Ladder Institute - How to prevent such accidents.

Ladder Safety Precautions
  1. The base of the ladder should be placed so that it is one foot away from the building for every four (4) feet of height to where the ladder rests against the building. This is known as the "4 to 1 rule".
  2. Keep three (3) limbs on the ladder at all times.
  3. Do not overreach as this will shift the center of gravity.
  4. Safety Training
PHASE offers the following:
  • Fall Protection
  • Ladder Safety
  • Scaffolding
  • OSHA 10- & OSHA 30-Construction
  • Fall Assessments

For more information contact Ken Bickerton, CIH, CSP.
OSHA Announces New Proposed Rule to Update Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT) Standard
According to OSHA, the proposed rule will update the design and construction requirements for OSHA’s powered industrial trucks standards for general industry and construction, including fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks and other specialized industrial trucks powered by an electric motor or an internal combustion engine.
Under the proposed rule, OSHA will update its general industry and construction standards for powered industrial trucks by adding references to the latest design and construction requirements published by the American National Standards Institute in conjunction with the Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation.
The first standard for powered industrial trucks took effect in 1971, based on industry consensus standards in 1969. Since then, national consensus standards have been updated several times.
In addition to updating the design and construction requirements for future manufactured powered industrial trucks, the proposed rule will also address equipment manufactured before the effective date of the final rule. This proposal is part of a series of regulatory projects by OSHA to update nearly 200 consensus and industry standards to reflect the current versions of consensus and national industry standards.

PHASE Associates offers Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) Training, in English and Spanish. Not only can these services provide protection for your employees and prove their competency in PIT Operations, but PIT Training in the workplace is required by OSHA for PIT workers.

For more information about our services contact Gary Schwartz, CIH, CSP, or Ken Bickerton, CIH, CSP
Did you know that PHASE Associate offers the following EHS and OSHA consulting and training services?
Contact us today to review your options!
  • Accident/Injury Investigations
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Biosafety/Bloodborne Pathogen
  • Confined Space
  • Electrical Awareness
  • Fall Protection
  • Hazard Communication
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • OSHA 10 & 30-hour General Industry
  • OSHA 40 & 24-hour HAZWOPER
  • Powered Industrial Truck
  • Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Respiratory Protection & Fit Testing
  • Warehouse Safety
  • Chemical Compliance
  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Exposure Air Monitoring Surveys
  • Exposure Monitoring & Control Strategies
  • Flavor & Fragrance Compound Monitoring
  • Health Hazard Evaluations
  • Heat Stress Monitoring
  • Illumination Surveys
  • Laboratory Fume Hood Measurements
  • Noise Surveys
  • Non-Ionizing Radiation
  • OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)
  • Respirator Fit testing
  • Ventilation Surveys
  • Welding Fume Monitoring
  • Asbestos Assessments
  • Compressed Gas & Breathing Air Testing
  • Dust/Airborne Particulate Assessments
  • Heavy Metals Testing
  • Indoor Air Quality Parameter Assessments
  • Mold Investigations
  • Radon Testing
  • Volatile Organic Compounds Testing 
Environmental Health & Safety
Personnel Announcement
Congratulations to Paula Tessler on her recent promotion to Vice President of PHASE Associates. This month also marks Paula's 15th year at PHASE!

Congratulations to Tim Liao on his Associate Safety Professional (ASP) credential. This credential certifies his expertise and commitment to health and safety in the workplace. This month also marks Tim's 2nd year at PHASE!

Congratulations to John Larangeira on joining PHASE Associates as the Director of Industrial Hygiene and Safety. John has 24 years of EHS experience. He specializes in but is not limited to coordination of all hazardous and non-hazardous waste, EHS training, and development of EHS policies, procedures, and strategies. John has worked in EHS from the role of Safety Officer to HSE & Training Manager. He is an OSHA Instructor for General Industry authorized by the OSHA/ US Department of Labor; a Certified Environmental, Safety & Compliance Officer (CESCO) accredited through the National Registry of Environmental Professionals, and a registered Industrial Hygiene Professional (RIHP). John also has the following certifications: OSHA 30-hour Construction, OSHA 30-hour General Industry, Powered Industrial Truck Trainer, and Safety Auditor.

Paula, Tim, and John have strongly demonstrated their safety and Industrial Hygiene competency, knowledge, dedication, and experience. PHASE Associates is very proud of these three rising safety and health professionals, and we look forward to their future pursuit of additional accredited and certified credentials.
About PHASE Associates
PHASE Associates offers a comprehensive range of environmental, health and safety services within Industrial Hygiene & Safety, Indoor Air Quality, Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Training, Construction & General Safety and Environmental Management/Hazardous Waste Operations. We customize a specific solution that is tailored specifically for you and your company.