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
At approximately 11:20 a.m. on May 28, 2012 Employee #1, a 50-year-old male was working in the vicinity of the mill air receiver tank when it exploded. The State Fire Marshal report stated in their report that not enough cool water was reaching the air compressor, which failed to shut down when it overheated. The report states that heat ignited oil vapors that caused a receiver tank to explode, blowing out concrete walls and igniting rolls of paper. Earlier in the day a leaking water valve was discovered under the Number three Paper Machine and employees were instructed to shut down that machine and supporting equipment so the valve could be repaired. Specific lockout/tagout procedures were not utilized. One of the pieces of equipment that was shut down was the drill well pump, which caused a decreased flow of water to the air compressors. When an employee was told to turn the drill well pump back on, he discovered that someone else had already done it.
Worker safety can be compromised by using replacement component parts or accessories that are not NIOSH-approved for the specific respirator. Although NIOSH-approved respirators are comprised of various component parts, they are approved as a complete unit. The use of components which are not part of the approved assembly results in a respirator that has not been evaluated and certified by NIOSH. This applies not only to parts supplied by other vendors, but also to those supplied by the original equipment manufacturer, if the component parts have not been evaluated by NIOSH as part of the respirator. Unevaluated respirator assemblies may not function at the expected level of protection, putting the worker at risk for exposure to airborne hazards. Manufacturers’ quality systems confirm replacement components for use, fit and function, and ensure reliability and repeatable performance.
NIOSH issues certificates of approval for specific and complete respirator assemblies. The approval is granted after the respirator has been evaluated, tested, and found to be in compliance with all of the applicable requirements of the NIOSH regulations in Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 84. Manufacturers are required to have an effective quality assurance program that meets or exceeds the standard, and to control the important aspects of the components and their assemblies. This guidance applies to all parts. Some of the more frequent issues include, but are not limited to: 1) Cylinders used for SCBA air supply, and 2) Airlines used for Supplied-Air Respirators. Unapproved parts are often found in partially reconditioned equipment. CLICK HERE for the FULL report. (pdf)
This memorandum provides updated internal guidance and procedures for the Area Offices to enforce the reporting requirements. Among other things, this memo updates the procedures for the intake of reports from employers, data collection and sorting; and entry of data in the OIS system. Revised flow charts are provided to help understand the intake process. Revisions in this memorandum include additional guidance on: 1) requesting more information from the employer when conducting an RRI; 2) a SAFE HARBOR provision for employers who conduct internal investigations during the RRI; 3) monitoring inspections of closed RRis; 4) INCREASED PENALTIES for failure to report; and 5) updated fill-in Appendices; and a flow chart for coding. CLICK HERE (pdf) for the OSHA memo
Under a requirement that took effect Jan. 1, 2015, employers must report to OSHA within 24 hours any work-related amputation, in-patient hospitalization, or loss of eye. (The requirement to report a fatality within 8 hours was unchanged.) Injuries may be reported directly to an OSHA field office, to the OSHA toll-free number, or via an online form; details are available at www.osha.gov/report.html. In the FIRST FULL YEAR of the reporting program, employers notified OSHA of 10,388 incidents involving severe work-related injuries, including 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations. The reports were from federal OSHA states ONLY and do NOT include injuries from states that administer their own safety and health programs. These federal ONLY numbers amount to 30 work-related severe injuries a day — evidence that, despite decades of progress, many U.S. worksites remain hazardous to workers.
For a breakdown of hospitalization and amputation reports by industry...