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.

The new rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit 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...

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Have you ever wondered just how busy is OSHA? How many inspections does OSHA do in a single month? What are they working on? Who are they visiting? Why are they visiting certain workplaces and not others? Are they "picking on any one"? etc. Well have a look into a month of inspection history from 4/20/16 to 5/20/16. In this month, OSHA has:

Last week OSHA published their "spring agenda" and this gives us a very good idea as to which standards OSHA has on their radar screen.  Here is their agenda...

I came across this citation at an Ethanol plant (May 2016) regarding their combustible dusts hazards and the lack of WARNING signs...

Citation 2 Item 1

Type of Violation: Other-than-Serious; $0.00

29 CFR 1910.145(c)(2)(i): Caution signs shall be used only to warn against potential hazards or to caution against unsafe practices:

Background: You’ve pointed out that in some workplaces, employees may be required to wear a different harness on the same manufacturer’s model facepiece and sealing surface for different work scenarios such as different work modes (negative vs. positive pressure) or for flame and heat protection. During our meeting, we discussed... One respirator model has two harness options that connect to the same attachment points on the facepiece and adjust in the same manner but are made of different material (i.e., rubber or Kevlar®). Another model has either a five-point or a four-point head harness option, but the facepiece only has four attachment points.

Question: Does OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard require a separate fit test for each harness where respirator wearers are required to use different harnesses, depending on their job task?

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