Tom O'Connor

Safety Manager

Tom O'Connor is safety and regulatory affairs manager for Intec, a safety consulting, training and publishing firm that offers on-site assistance and produces manuals, training videos and software for contractors. He has significant experience working with national and international trade associations with an expertise in government affairs. Reach him at

Articles by Tom O'Connor

April 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a final rule modifying a 40-year-old standard pertaining to exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. It contains new requirements for general, construction and shipyard industries. READ MORE
March 2017
Electrical energy is the most common hazardous energy in the workplace. For electricians, linemen and wiremen, it likely is the most familiar. However, hazardous energy comes in many forms, including mechanical, chemical, nuclear, pneumatic, hydraulic and gravitational. Regardless of the type, hazardous energy needs to be understood and controlled.
February 2017
Hand injuries account for roughly one-third of all occupational injuries, one-quarter of all lost time at work and one-fifth of all disability claims. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has some specific regulations and requirements regarding the use of hand protection in the construction industry. READ MORE
January 2017
In this month’s column, I talk with Brett Brenner, president, Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), about the foundation’s mission, the services it offers, the dangers of counterfeit electrical products and more.
 What is the ESFI and its membership about? READ MORE
January 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) unveiled its annual regulatory agenda at its semiannual meeting. This year, the agency is attempting to tackle considerably more initiatives than in the past. The question is how the economy, the political climate and the 2016 presidential election will affect these policy goals. New rules
December 2016
The U.S. DepartmentS of Labor and Health and Human Services estimate that more than half of all employers offer their employees some form of wellness program. Statistics also indicate most organizations that don’t have a program in place plan to add one in the future. READ MORE
November 2016
In recent years, the number of counterfeit consumer safety products and electronic components has grown exponentially in the United States. The problem has become so widespread that counterfeit airplane parts were even found in Air Force One. The threat of encountering imposters in the workplace is probable. READ MORE
October 2016
Every day, More than 2,000 people incur job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment. It is estimated that proper eye and face protection can prevent 90 percent of these injuries. Employers should be vigilant in promoting eye and face safety through training, awareness campaigns and personal protective equipment (PPE). READ MORE
September 2016
For this month’s safety column, I interviewed John Garbarino, director of marketing for Leviton’s commercial and industrial business division. Based in Melville, N.Y., Leviton manufactures wiring devices and lighting energy management systems, provides network and data center connectivity solutions, and develops security and automation applications.