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So many of us can recall the 2012 "Letter to Regional Admins" titled Employer Safety Incentive and Disincentive Policies and Practices where OSHA called out “safety incentive” programs that encourage under reporting of accidents.  Then it was merely a “letter” to regional admin(s).  Now the Field Operations Manual (FOM) has been revised in a manner that the CSHO is to look for these types of incentive programs when they find recordkeeping deficiencies during their inspection.  Now OSHA has established a connection with Safety Incentive Programs and record keeping violations, as well as a violation of section 11(c) of the OSH Act.  Here are the references in the REVISED FOM, published on 10/1/15…

This list was released at last week's National Safety Council‘s 2015 Congress & Expo.  OSHA's Top 10 for FY 2015 (10/1/2014 through 9/8/2015) are:

  1. Fall Protection (1926.501) – 6,721 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,192
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,295
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,305
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 3,002
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,760
  7. Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,489
  8. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,404
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,295, and
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 1,973.

Compare this list to last year's list, we can see that not much has changed except for #'s 7 and 8 changed places.

OSHA is REVISING the electrical safety-related work practices standard for general industry and the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution standards for general industry and construction to provide additional clarification regarding the applicability of the standards to certain operations, including some tree trimming work that is performed near (but that is not on or directly associated with) electric power generation, transmission, and distribution installations. This document also corrects minor errors in two minimum approach distance tables in the general industry and construction standards for electric power generation, transmission and distribution work.

Our friends at Oregon OSHA have once again out done themselves with a great podcast that ALL safety professionals, safety committees, and management teams should take the 4.5 minutes and sit back and listen to this podcast.  The "hierarchy of controls" is the baseline for understanding how hazards are controlled and OR-OSHA nails it in this short and very concise podcast.  After your team listens to this podcast, it would be a great opportunity to discuss the topic and how it can be a part of your safety improvement process.   hierarchy_of_controls.mp3

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Question: Under OSHA regulations 29 CFR 1926.95(a) who is responsible for the laundering of fire retarding clothing that is provided to employees?

Answer: Criteria for Personal Protective Equipment - Title 29 CFR 1926.95(a) section states:

(a) Application. Protective equipment, including personal protective equipment for eyes, face, head, and extremities, protective clothing, respiratory devices, and protective shields and barriers, shall be provided, used, and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition wherever it is necessary by reason of hazards of processes or environment, chemical hazards, radiological hazards, or mechanical irritants encountered in a manner capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through absorption, inhalation or physical contact.

Coverage: National

Period: 30 days, 7/17/15 to 8/16/15

New Inspections: Opened in the last 30 days = 4,371

Closed Inspections: Closed in the last 30 days = 4,319

Ongoing Inspections: Opened prior to 30 day reporting period and still not closed = 119,926

Inspections with Violations = 113

Inspections with no Violations =  4,258

Assessed Penalties= $0.4M

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