I normally do not follow or write about Construction related safety matters as it is not an area I have a lot of experience, but this decision caught my attention because next month (May 2017) OSHA's new General Industry Fall Protection standards take hold and some of the issues in this case will be dealt with in those new General Industry standards...
OSHA citations for Flame-Retardant Clothing (FRC) in a non-PSM facility
Breaking down OSHA's General Hotwork Requirements (1910.252(a)
OSHA's REVISED Field Operations Manual (FOM ) incorporates "employer safety incentive" programs directly into the inspection process
OSHA's Top 10 Citations for FY 2015
OSHA is REVISING electrical safety-related work practices standard for general industry and the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution standards for general industry and construction
Making sense of the hierarchy of controls (OR-OSHA Podcast)
OSHA issues LOI on caring for Flame-Retardant Clothing
Whats OSHA been up to for the past month? (7/17/15 to 8/16/15)
Training Requirements in OSHA Standards (OSHA 2254-07R 2015)OSHA Heat App and Heat Illness Awareness
When is a compressed gas cylinder in "storage"?
OSHA issues proposed rulemaking clarifying the ongoing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses
OSHA cites paper manufacturer for willful, repeated, serious safety violations ($211K)
Another HUGE addition to OSHA's SVEP club!
Take NOTICE... 11% of Fatal Falls in 2013 were 6' or Less!
The effect of wearer stubble on the protection given by Filtering Facepieces Class 3 (FFP3) and Half Masks (UK's HSE RR1052)
OSHA issues "Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012)"Whats OSHA been up to for the past month? (6/10/15 to 7/10/15)
OSHA's General Industry Fall Protection Standard under OMB Review
So here’s a trick question for you IH professionals… When I get my new SDSs, do I have to retain my old MSDS for 30 years?
Are you maintaining your heat sampling data per 1910.1020(d)(1)(ii)
Interim Enforcement Guidance for Hazard Communication 2012 (HCS 2012) June 1, 2015 Effective Date (OSHA)
Using OSHA inspection data to analyze respirator protection program compliance (DOL Report)
Does the “voluntary use” of a "filtering facepieces" (dust masks) require the use Appendix D?
Whats OSHA been up to for the past month? (3/19/15 to 4/18/15)
"Hazardous Locations" and complying with the "new" 1910.307
"Mirror Check Day" Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - Region One OSHA Cooperative State Programs
$53 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants
1910 vs. 1926 - which applies to my "work"
1910.144 Safety color code for marking physical hazards
1910.212(a)(1) applies to unguarded rotating chucks on lathes
1910.307(g)(4)(i), HAZLOC’s, Zones, and Professional Engineers
2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Other-Than-Serious Violations” Cited
2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Repeat Violations” Cited
2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Serious Violations” Cited
2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Willful Violations” Cited
2011 Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Federal Standards w/Sections Cited
2012 HAZCOM GHS ppt from OSHA
9,400 High Rate Workplaces Receiving OSHA Letters (March 2013)
A Guide to The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
A lesson in Pressure Vessel Safety via 1910.169
A OSHRC decision that will make you scratch your head
A sign Spring is coming... Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Temperatures Rise Across the State
A VERY interesting look at Safety Regulations from ABC's John Stossel's Blog and was on 20/20 a while back
ACGIH® Presents Hearing Conservation Program Management Webinar – September 12, 2012
Air Pressure Receiver CATASTROPHIC FAILURE
AK-OSHA Review Commission's Decision on whether a “Fish Bin Chiller Alley” at a seafood processing plant is a Confined Space/PRCS
Alarming Number of Workers Fail to Wear Required Protective Equipment
Alternating Tread Type Stair
Annual Review and Scheduled Modification to OSHA's Administrative Penalty Policy
ANSI Launches Online Portal for Standards Incorporated by Reference
ANSI-ISEA 207-2011 - Revision to High Visibilty Vests
Are some of OSHA's proposed standards hindering job creation?
ASTM Developing Standard to Test Resistance to Fogging of Eye Protection Devices
ATTENTION BREWERS... Check your PRCS and HAZCOM practices!
AZ-OSHA SCAM ALERT
Backward Hard Hats?
Basis for EW/SS locations?
Cal/OSHA Cites employer(s) (Plant, Staffing Agency, and Training Company) over $200,000 Following Death of Temporary Worker
Cal/OSHA Issues Notice, Schedules Public Hearing on Process Safety Management (PSM) Program Assessment
Can your HAZCOM program stand-up to a OSHA inspection?
CAUTION: Your Safety Warnings May Not Be Working
Changes in OSHA's HAZCOM may impact EPA Compliance!?!?! (Huh?)
Changes to Maryland Chemical Information List (CIL) Requirements
Clarification of OSHA's HAZWOPER Standard (1910.120) as it applies to clearing and re-railing train cars after derailments
Classification of Combustible Dusts under the Revised Hazard Communication Standard (OSHA Memo)
Clearance in front of electrical panels - why does OSHA require it?
Compactor or Baler safety protocols
Company argues before the OSHRC that LOTO does not apply to their die changing activities - an analysis of a OSHRC 2009 decision
Company to pay $1.33 million to resolve OSHA citations, criminal penalties in 2011 death of worker; Agreement includes safety improvements and $450,000 for worker's spouse
Comparison of NFPA 704 and HazCom 2012 Labels
Compliance Mapping… an eye opener for many managers and supervisors
Compliance Resource Tip... ecfr.gov
Compliance Tip: Next time your using a handrail...
Compliance Tip: Air Receivers
Compliance Tip: Bloodborne Pathogen Training
Compliance Tip: Do I need a first aid team?
Compliance Tip: Electrical Safety Related Work Practices
U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 4,440 structure fires involving hot work per year. These fires caused an average of 12 civilian deaths, 208 civilian injuries and $287 million in direct property damage per year. From 2001-2015, five firefighters were fatally injured in four unintentional fires started by torches. Forty-two percent of the fires involving hot work in 2010-2014 occurred in or on homes, including one or two-family homes and apartments or other multi-family homes, while 58% occurred in or on-non-home properties.
I am giving some serious thought to teaching a course I did a number of years ago for a client called "Safety for Process Safety Managers". This client had segregated the PSM/RMP roles from the EHS Group and placed it under the Engineering Group. This caused quite a few problems as the PSM/RMP personnel and the engineering group were vastly unprepared to manage "safety" within their groups. Programs like 1) respiratory protection, 2) control of hazardous energy (LOTO), 3) Permit-Required Confined Spaces (PRCS), 4) Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), and 5) PPE were not written correctly, implemented correctly, and managed properly leading to some significant OSHA/EPA issues as well as INCREASED RISKS. After participating in some on-line discussions with me and other PSM/RMP leaders, the Corporate EHS manager of this company has given me permission to teach this course as an OPEN-ENROLLMENT course to other companies. It was well received by this company; one common statement was "this was an OSHA 10/30 hour on steroids". But I am not sure how many other organizations struggle with PSM/RMP leaders lack of knowledge of these standards and their baseline compliance requirements. If you think this type of training would be of interest to you or your team, please see below...
For those of us that are parents, we know the game of "keeping asking mom and dad in the hopes they'll change their minds" and sometimes I think our profession acts like teenagers and OSHA has to play the role of "mom and dad". Case in point, this OSHA LOI which was posted @ OSHA's LOI page on the use of respirators and facial hair...
Question: If an employee with a neatly trimmed goatee is wearing a respirator and it does not interfere with the seal of the face piece or valve function, and has passed a fit test, does this meet the intent of the OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard?
The purpose of this instruction is to continue a Regional Emphasis Program to reduce workplace exposures to safety hazards associated in the Auto Parts Supplier Industry. The Notice applies to Atlanta East, Atlanta West, Birmingham, Jackson, and Mobile Area Offices. During FY-16, Region IV conducted 46 inspections coded under the REP. One hundred and forty-three total violations were cited, with the majority of those being violations of the machine guarding and lockout/tagout standards. There was 1 fatality and 3 employer reported referrals coded under this REP in OIS. Four of the inspections resulted in significant cases. All inspections under this program will be comprehensive safety inspections, focusing particularly on Lock Out/Tag Out, Machine Guarding and Electrical Hazards. Additionally, when health hazards are identified, the compliance officer will make a referral to an Industrial Hygienist. The referral inspection is to be opened within 5 working days. CLICK HERE for the REP