This posting is a demonstration as to how OSHA (State of IN OSHA) can/will issue citations against BOTH the host facility and it's contractor for the same OSHA violations. In this case, the contractor doing the work, did so using TAGOUT without any additional measures that would make "tagout" equally effective as "lockout" (e.g. Tag +). Below are the exact same citations issued to both the host and its contractor...
DISCLAIMER: No worker was seriously injured (luckily) in the making of this video.
The Committee recommends $552,787,000 for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA], which is responsible for enforcing the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 in the Nation’s workplaces. The Committee continues bill language to allow OSHA to retain course tuition and fees for training institute courses used for occupational safety and health training and education activities in the private sector. The cap established by the bill is $499,000, the same as current law. The bill retains language that continues to exempt farms employing 10 or fewer people from the provisions of the act with the exception of those farms having a temporary labor camp. The bill also retains language exempting small firms in industry classifications having a lost workday injury rate less than the national average from generally scheduled safety inspections. The exemption of small farming operations from OSHA regulation has been in place since 1976. OSHA clarified the limits of its authority to conduct enforcement on small farms in July 2014, particularly regarding post-harvest activities of a farming operation. The continued exemption for small farms and recognition of limits of the OSHA regulatory authority are critical for family farms. It is also important the Department of Agriculture is consulted in any future attempts by OSHA to redefine or modify any aspect of the small farm exemption.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has initiated rulemaking to develop a combustible dust standard for general industry. OSHA will use information gathered, including from an upcoming SBREFA panel, to develop a comprehensive standard that addresses combustible dust hazards. CLICK HERE for the May 2016 OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) posting.
Readers of my Incident Alerts may remember this NH3 fatality from September 2012...
AMMONIA FATALITY Winery worker dies after ammonia exposure (a worker at a winery has died after being exposed to ammonia - one of the workers accidentally opened a wrong valve and released ammonia into a confined area - the man was one of six workers exposed - the other workers tried to rescue the man but were unable to get to him because of the fumes - he died at the scene - the other employees were treated and released)
Now CAL-OSHA has shared some details not previously released...
The U.S. Coast Guard gets on board (all pun intended) with ANNUAL MOCK RESCUES for enclosed spaces aboard vessels. The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its ninety-second session adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, as amended, to include a requirement that “crew members with enclosed space entry or rescue responsibilities shall participate in an enclosed space entry and rescue drill to be held on board the ship at least once every two months.” The amendment was to SOLAS Chapter III, Regulation 19 (Emergency training and drills) and came into force on January 1, 2015. IMO Resolution A.1050(27) supports the new regulations and provides the “Revised Recommendations for Entering Enclosed Spaces Aboard Ships.”
Many working professionals may not be aware that some states and territories have their own OSHA and others are covered by Federal OSHA. In fact, twenty-six states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans. Twenty-two State Plans (21 states and one U.S. territory) cover both private and state and local government workplaces. The remaining six State Plans (five states and one U.S. territory) cover state and local government workers only. But recently, OSHA came to an agreement with the state of Hawaii that was interesting...
For those living the dream of being a process safety professional know that one of the fundamental decisions we eventually have to make is how will we "class" our PSM/RMP covered process piping. For almost all of us, the best Piping Inspection RAGAGEP will be API 570, Piping Inspection Code and this RAGAGEP has a very ingenious way of "classifying" process piping based on its content and a degree of hazard. But like many RAGAGEPs, it provides us "guidance" and this opens the door to questions and incorrect decisions. In this article, I hope to convince you that our PSM/RMP covered process piping should land in Class 1.
The major information collection requirements of the PSM Standard include:
OSHA, PPE Hazard Assessment, Injuries, Feasibility, greater hazard, and Industry Practices (OSHRC Decision)
We see this argument from time to time, hence I am sharing this OSHRC decision from last week as a discussion "starter" at facilities, especially food facilities where safety glasses are not used for whatever reason(s). This case involved a chicken processing facility that chose to NOT use safety glasses on a "chicken deboning line". The facility had one previous eye injury on the line and the second eye injury is what brought OSHA in as it was a hospitalization. The company used several arguments to justify the lack of eye protection: infeasible, they fog up, not needed, safety glasses would create a greater hazard, safety glasses create a food safety hazard, and "employee misconduct". The ALG was NOT impressed, to say the least, with any of the defenses and sided with OSHA. Of course, this case may go before the full OSHRC and get reversed. Here are the details...
Employees working on the debone line wear protective equipment. Each wears a gown over street clothes, cut-resistant gloves and sleeves, hearing protection, a hair net (and beard net where applicable), an apron, and rubber boots. Although used in other parts of the facility, employees on the debone line do NOT wear eye protection. According to unrebutted statements made by employees to the CSHO, employees are provided safety glasses by the temporary employment staffing agency but are prohibited from wearing them on the debone line by the host company.
Establishments in the following industries with 20 to 249 employees must submit injury and illness summary (Form 300A) data to OSHA electronically
The new rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness summary (Form 300A) data. The amount of data submitted will vary depending on the size of company and type of industry. The new reporting requirements will be phased in over two years. Establishments in the following industries with 20 to 249 employees must submit injury and illness summary (Form 300A) data to OSHA electronically...