As promised here is the ppt file we used today in our presentation.  CLICK HERE

An electrical contractor was under contract to update the energy monitoring and control system of a Hospital. An employee of the contractor who was “troubleshooting” (quotations added by me) the system was burned when an arc flash occurred as he worked near energized electrical parts. The contractor reported the employee injury to OSHA which initiated an inspection of the jobsite on October 6, 2015. As a result of the inspection, on February 17, 2016, the Secretary issued a Citation and Notification of Penalty alleging violations of § 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act of 1970, and the standards found at 29 C.F.R. §§ 1910.335(a)(1)(i) and 1910.335(a)(2)(i). Penalties totaling $14,700.00 were proposed for the alleged violations.

The contractor timely contested the Citation. A hearing was held on December 15, 2016, addressing only Items 2 and 3 of the Citation and penalties of $4,900.00 for each item. Both parties filed post-hearing briefs on February 6, 2017.

For the reasons that follow, the Court vacates Items 2 and 3 of the Citation. No penalty is assessed.

Following up on a 2012 post I made about complying with 1910.95(j), I wanted to share a working example of how I document my "hearing protector attenuation" evaluation.  I think the example speaks for it's self, but if you need a reference as to what this exercise is meant to accomplish please refer to my 2012 post Hearing Protection Attenuation Evaluation, has it been done?  A couple of things to point out, notice that this evaluation was NOT done using a single sample!  

  1. We sampled multiple workers over different shifts; ALL samples were done in FULL production mode (i.e. assumed to be the highest noise levels in the areas).  You will notice that I used two (2) different evaluation techniques and this caused certain HP to pass in one evaluation, but fail in the other; so be sure you are comfortable using your evaluation methods.  
  2. I highly recommend using OSHA's "recommended" method that applies a 50% Safety Factor; however, the first method I used below is "legal" under 1910.95.
  3. The brands used in the evals below are actual brands used by the facility and this is NOT an endorsement or opposition to these brands, just real-life examples.
  4. I ALWAYS use 85 dBA as my attenuation goal, rather than 90 dBA - this way I don't have two (2) different goals/sets of employees to manage... EVERYONE gets attenuated down to 85 dBA.
  5. Sampling was done by the state worker's comp service and was actually done by a CIH- SAFTENG does not provide noise sampling services!

If you have a First-Aid team that "renders aid" as part of their job duties (even though their participation on the team is voluntary - but rendering care once on the team is NOT) this is a case you should understand.  The business was cited for NOT having the employees vaccinated at the time-frames stated by the CDC (e.g. their third shots were "late") and some of the members were NOT offered the shots or signed declination forms with 10 days after their training.  The business tried every angle to get out of the citations, but the ALJ was clear in their decision(s).  The timing of the shots is a REQUIREMENT per the standards reference to the CDC and the series must be offered within 10 days of their training OR they sign the declination form within 10 days.  BOTH citations were upheld with one being reduced from Serious and from $5K to $1K but the REPEAT was upheld as the court found no difference between a retail store and warehouse application to 1910.1030...

NOTE: a reduction in penalty can come about many different ways, so a reduction in penalty does not imply that the hazardous condition did not exist at the time of the inspection.  Many reductions in penalties occur due to negotiations requiring abatement of the hazard and extra's like training supervisors in OSHA 10-hr course. 

 

Since the winds have shifted in D.C. with the new administration, there is a lot of debate in the safety community regarding OSHA's "Shaming Campaign" where OSHA would issue press releases regarding inspections, even before the informal conference had taken place.  The amount of money in the citations that would "make you famous" varied over the previous 8-years, but if a business was cited over $50,000 you can pretty well expect a "press release" from OSHA and a posting of the citations. Anyone who follows me knows I use these citations to show the types of items that OSHA was finding in regards to PSM, LOTO, PRCS, and Emergency Response; however, I always scrubbed the names and locations of the business from my postings (although I provided links to the citations which had names and addresses).  So you can probably tell I was not a fan of the "Shaming Campaign" and here are two (2) good reasons why... it was NOT FAIR or as it turns out, NOT VERY ACCURATE. With all the dust up about the lack of press releases this year I thought I would go back and do a snapshot analysis to see just how accurate the press-releases were.

I went back to December 2016 and took the last ten (10) General Industry Cases and looked at the "Initial Citation" vs. the "Final Citation" amounts.  As far as data goes , I merely started at the end of December 2016 Press Releases and worked my way back until I had 10 cases.  No Hocus-Pocus, just a grab sample of data to see how accurate these press releases were.  Here's what I found:

  1. OSHA announces a DELAY in the July 1, 2017 Electronic Submission of OSHA Log Data

  2. Why Does OSHA Require Retention of Placards? (1910.1201)

  3. Does OSHA’s new GHS for Hazardous Communications require my fixed storage tanks to have Pictograms?

  4. OSHRC upholds citation for employee(s) reaching under interlocked doors/guards

  5. Interim Enforcement Procedures for New Recordkeeping Requirements Under 29 CFR 1904.35 (OSHA)

  6. OSHA Clarifies the Employer’s Continuing Obligation To Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness

  7. An accident involving fall protection on low slope roofs and 6' distance assumptions (OSHRC)

  8. HOT WORK Statistics (NFPA Research)

  9. "Safety" for Process Safety Managers

  10. OSHA once AGAIN states their position on respirators and facial hair!

  11. OSHA renews it REP for Safety Hazards in Auto Parts Industry – NAICS 3363XX (Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing)

  12. Severe Injury Reports from 1/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (OSHA)

  13. Am I required to have a Fire Prevention Plan (FPP)? (1910.39)

  14. Enforcement of minimum approach distance requirements in 29 CFR 1910.269 and 29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart V

  15. 1/4" openings are NOT universally permissible on machinery (OSHRC Machine Guarding decision)

  16. Welding Carts and Separating your Flammable gases and Oxidizers (IFC 2015)

  17. 2017 OH BWC Presentation - Safe Work Permit(s) Management System

  18. Clarifications to CPL 02-02-079, Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012)

  19. OSHA's NEW Walking & Working Surfaces Standards (ppt's)

  20. OSHA's NEW Walking & Working Surfaces Standards (Tiered & Highlighted)

  21. OSHA’s NEW 1910.23 Ladders (ppt)

  22. OSHA's Top Ten with Citations, Inspections, and $'s (2016)

  23. OSHA's Million Dollar Club (2016)

  24. 2016 OSHA HAZWOPER (1910.120) activity by Industry Sectors

  25. The major changes in the Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems Final Rule

  26. 2016 OSHA LOTO activity by Industry Sectors

  27. Use of Zip Ties As An Additional Means of Control for Tagout (OSHA LOI 1910.269)

  28. Welding on "containers" and OSHA's use of the word ABSOLUTELY

  29. OSHA by the numbers (1/5/17 to 2/4/17)

  30. OSHA Log Summary Posting Reminder

  31. Conflicts between OSHA and Fire Code(s)

  32. Fatal occupational injuries SLIGHTLY INCREASE in 2015

  33. OSHA issues final rule clarifying the ongoing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses

  34. Establishing noise exposures at and above the Action Level are assumed to be WITHOUT hearing protectors (OSHRC 2016)

  35. NIOSH Respirator User Notices and OSHA Compliance

  36. OSHA sends another "nasty gram" to an employer regarding the use of LPNs AND EMTs to avoid recording injuries

  37. Instead of a Citation, you may receive a “letter” from OSHA

  38. Interpretation of 1904.35(b)(1)(i) and (iv)

  39. OSHA's new Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) and "hoist areas"

  40. OSHA's new Walking and Working Surface standard and "fixed industrial stairs"

  41. OSHA's NEW fall protection requirements for low-sloped roofs in General Industry

  42. OSHA's Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) standard has arrived

  43. OSHA clarifies Injury Rate Formula (OSHA LOI)

  44. Is there any justification to not record an STS shift on employee exposure after de-rating falls below 85 dBA? (OSHA LOI 2016)

  45. Facial hair and respirator fit [1910.134(g)(1)(i)(A); 1910.134(g)(1)] (OSHA LOI 2016)

  46. OSHA's 2016 Top 10 Cited Standards

  47. OSHA posts two (2) new Letters of Interpretation for the new GHS (HazCom)

  48. OSHA UPDATE on Post-Accident Drug Testing and Walking-Working Surfaces for GI

  49. OSHA proposes to amend respiratory protection standard to add two additional fit-testing protocols

  50. OSHA's Standards Improvement Project, Proposed Revisions (October 2016)

  51. OSHA issues citations for not protecting Propane Tank and Cylinder area

  52. Safety and Health Program Assessment Worksheet (HI-OSHA)

  53. NC-OSHA provides some EXCELLENT ppt's for FREE

  54. More OSHA compliance data - OSHA 2015 Citations by NAICS Industry Sectors

  55. OSHA issues citations for NH3 Refrigeration Fatality ($173K; seafood processing business)

  56. OSHA Citation Analysis for PSM, LOTO, PRCS (2015)

  57. NIOSH Study Supports the OSHA Annual Fit Testing Requirements for Filtering Facepiece Respirators

  58. OSHA's investigation of lathe operator's fatal injuries finds machine guards were bypassed at machining facility

  59. Fire Extinguisher used as an "air receiver" catastrophically fails and claims three (3) legs!!!

  60. Machine guarding CNC Mills and Lathes (OSHRC Decision)

  61. Post-Accident Drug Testing and OSHA's New Reporting Rule

  62. OSHRC can not agree on what a "machine" is as it applies to LOTO (OSHRC)

  63. OSHA Penalty Adjustments to Take Effect August 1, 2016

  64. Delay of Enforcement of the employee rights provisions under 29 CFR 1904.35

  65. Whats OSHA been up to for the past month? (June-July 2016)

  66. Hazards of Pressure Testing Fire Extinguishers

  67. "Previous employer citations" may not be REPEAT citations (OSHRC)

  68. US Department of Labor announces new rules to adjust civil penalty amounts

  69. Recent OSHA Initiatives Signal Increased Enforcement (Sponsor Article)

  70. OSHA Multi-employer citation policy used @ Power Plant with Contractor LOTO issues

  71. OSHA, PPE Hazard Assessment, Injuries, Feasibility, greater hazard, and Industry Practices (OSHRC Decision)

  72. Establishments in the following industries with 20 to 249 employees must submit injury and illness summary (Form 300A) data to OSHA electronically

  73. What's OSHA been up to for the past month? (May 2016)

  74. What's OSHA have in store for us? (Spring 2016 Agenda)

  75. Combustible Dusts Hazards and OSHA signage

  76. Does 1910.134 require a separate fit test for each harness where respirator wearers are required to use different harnesses, depending on their job task? (OSHA LOI)

  77. What's the condition of your storage racks?

  78. FATAL Air Receiver Explosion (Paper Mill)
  79. Use of Aftermarket Replacement Component Parts for NIOSH-Approved Respirators (NIOSH)
  80. Revised Interim Enforcement Procedures for Reporting Requirements under 29 C.F.R. 1904.39
  81. Year One of OSHA’s Severe Injury Reporting Program: An Impact Evaluation (OSHA)
  82. OSHA citations for NOT managing Relief Valves on Air Receivers (1910.169)
  83. OSHA uses 1910.132(c) to cite GI workplace for improper use of PFAS
  84. Updating your Asbestos Signs before June 1, 2016 to comply with the new GHS HAZCOM (OSHA LOI)
  85. Understanding 1910.145, Specifications for accident prevention signs and tags
  86. A look into OSHA's battles with Congress
  87. NATE Climber Connection: PPE Inspection (Video)
  88. PFAS saves another life - RESCUE PLAN is critical (Video)
  89. E-Stop buttons MUST be "red in color"
  90. Forklifts and Hazardous Locations (Classified Areas)
  91. REMINDER... OSHA 300-A Posting by February 1st
  92. OSHA issues another Hazard Alert Letter regarding EMT's providing medical care
  93. EMT's, MusculoSkeletal Disorders (MSDs), and OSHA Recordkeeping
  94. Pitfalls of Contractors and LOTO (1910.147(f)(2)
  95. Administrative court sets precedent, allowing request for enterprise-wide hazard abatement by employer to proceed to trial
  96. OSHA issues another Hazard Alert Letter regarding EMT's providing medical care
  97. EMT's, MusculoSkeletal Disorders (MSDs), and OSHA Recordkeeping
  98. Pitfalls of Contractors and LOTO (1910.147(f)(2)
  99. Administrative court sets precedent, allowing request for enterprise-wide hazard abatement by employer to proceed to trial
  100. OSHRC decision on "minor servicing" and "safety blocks" in lieu of LOTO
  101. OSHA's Fall Regulatory Agenda (2015)
  102. OSHA grants VARIANCE to Lockout (1910.147(d)(4)(i)
  103. NIOSH Letter to All Respirator Manufacturers regarding facial hair INSIDE the respirator
  104. CHALLENGE: Protecting the Safety and Health of Workers (OSHA/MSHA OIG Report 2015)
  105. OSHA screening methods for Process Safety Management during a NON-PSM inspection
  106. COST OF NOT COVERING YOUR VALVE STEMS (WY-OSHA)
  107. OSHA says fainting at the sight of blood is RECORDABLE
  108. OSHA restates Injury/Illness Recordkeeping requirements for temp/contract workers
  109. Are your Safety Data Sheets compliant?
  110. MIOSHA citations @ Warehouse (Electrical Fatality; $357,000)
  111. OSHA looses Fatal Lathe Guarding case
  112. OSHA citations for Flame-Retardant Clothing (FRC) in a non-PSM facility
  113. Breaking down OSHA's General Hotwork Requirements (1910.252(a)
  114. OSHA's REVISED Field Operations Manual (FOM ) incorporates "employer safety incentive" programs directly into the inspection process
  115. OSHA's Top 10 Citations for FY 2015
  116. 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
  117. Making sense of the hierarchy of controls (OR-OSHA Podcast)
  118. OSHA issues LOI on caring for Flame-Retardant Clothing
  119. Whats OSHA been up to for the past month? (7/17/15 to 8/16/15)
  120. Training Requirements in OSHA Standards (OSHA 2254-07R 2015)OSHA Heat App and Heat Illness Awareness
  121. When is a compressed gas cylinder in "storage"?
  122. OSHA issues proposed rulemaking clarifying the ongoing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses
  123. OSHA cites paper manufacturer for willful, repeated, serious safety violations ($211K)
  124. Another HUGE addition to OSHA's SVEP club!
  125. Take NOTICE... 11% of Fatal Falls in 2013 were 6' or Less!
  126. The effect of wearer stubble on the protection given by Filtering Facepieces Class 3 (FFP3) and Half Masks (UK's HSE RR1052)
  127. 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)
  128. OSHA's General Industry Fall Protection Standard under OMB Review
  129. 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?
  130. Are you maintaining your heat sampling data per 1910.1020(d)(1)(ii)
  131. Interim Enforcement Guidance for Hazard Communication 2012 (HCS 2012) June 1, 2015 Effective Date (OSHA)
  132. Using OSHA inspection data to analyze respirator protection program compliance (DOL Report)
  133. Does the “voluntary use” of a "filtering facepieces" (dust masks) require the use Appendix D?
  134. Whats OSHA been up to for the past month? (3/19/15 to 4/18/15)
  135. "Hazardous Locations" and complying with the "new" 1910.307
  136. "Mirror Check Day" Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - Region One OSHA Cooperative State Programs
  137. $53 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants
  138. 1910 vs. 1926 - which applies to my "work"
  139. 1910.144 Safety color code for marking physical hazards
  140. 1910.212(a)(1) applies to unguarded rotating chucks on lathes
  141. 1910.307(g)(4)(i), HAZLOC’s, Zones, and Professional Engineers
  142. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Other-Than-Serious Violations” Cited
  143. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Repeat Violations” Cited
  144. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Serious Violations” Cited
  145. 2011 Top 10 Federal Standards with the Most “Willful Violations” Cited
  146. 2011 Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Federal Standards w/Sections Cited
  147. 2012 HAZCOM GHS ppt from OSHA
  148. 9,400 High Rate Workplaces Receiving OSHA Letters (March 2013)
  149. A Guide to The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
  150. A lesson in Pressure Vessel Safety via 1910.169
  151. A OSHRC decision that will make you scratch your head
  152. A sign Spring is coming... Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Temperatures Rise Across the State
  153. A VERY interesting look at Safety Regulations from ABC's John Stossel's Blog and was on 20/20 a while back
  154. ACGIH® Presents Hearing Conservation Program Management Webinar – September 12, 2012
  155. Air Pressure Receiver CATASTROPHIC FAILURE
  156. AK-OSHA Review Commission's Decision on whether a “Fish Bin Chiller Alley” at a seafood processing plant is a Confined Space/PRCS
  157. Alarming Number of Workers Fail to Wear Required Protective Equipment
  158. Alternating Tread Type Stair
  159. Annual Review and Scheduled Modification to OSHA's Administrative Penalty Policy
  160. ANSI Launches Online Portal for Standards Incorporated by Reference
  161. ANSI-ISEA 207-2011 - Revision to High Visibilty Vests
  162. Are some of OSHA's proposed standards hindering job creation?
  163. ASTM Developing Standard to Test Resistance to Fogging of Eye Protection Devices
  164. ATTENTION BREWERS... Check your PRCS and HAZCOM practices!
  165. AZ-OSHA SCAM ALERT
  166. Backward Hard Hats?
  167. Basis for EW/SS locations?
  168. Cal/OSHA Cites employer(s) (Plant, Staffing Agency, and Training Company) over $200,000 Following Death of Temporary Worker
  169. Cal/OSHA Issues Notice, Schedules Public Hearing on Process Safety Management (PSM) Program Assessment
  170. Can your HAZCOM program stand-up to a OSHA inspection?
  171. CAUTION: Your Safety Warnings May Not Be Working
  172. Changes in OSHA's HAZCOM may impact EPA Compliance!?!?! (Huh?)
  173. Changes to Maryland Chemical Information List (CIL) Requirements
  174. Clarification of OSHA's HAZWOPER Standard (1910.120) as it applies to clearing and re-railing train cars after derailments
  175. Classification of Combustible Dusts under the Revised Hazard Communication Standard (OSHA Memo)
  176. Clearance in front of electrical panels - why does OSHA require it?
  177. Compactor or Baler safety protocols
  178. Company argues before the OSHRC that LOTO does not apply to their die changing activities - an analysis of a OSHRC 2009 decision
  179. 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
  180. Comparison of NFPA 704 and HazCom 2012 Labels
  181. Compliance Mapping… an eye opener for many managers and supervisors
  182. Compliance Resource Tip... ecfr.gov
  183. Compliance Tip: Next time your using a handrail...
  184. Compliance Tip: Air Receivers
  185. Compliance Tip: Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  186. Compliance Tip: Do I need a first aid team?
  187. Compliance Tip: Electrical Safety Related Work Practices
  188. Compliance Tip: HAZCOM Labeling (Photo)
  189. Compliance Tip: Industrial Stairs Angle (Smart Phone App)
  190. Compliance Tip: LPG Cylinders Storage
  191. Compliance Tip: Projecting shaft ends
  192. Complying with OSHA's PPE Standards
  193. Compressed Air Hazards and Acceptable Methods for Complying with 1910.242(b)
  194. Compressed Gas Cylinder Separation
  195. Computer based tools for workplace heat stress
  196. Consumer Products & HAZCOM requirements
  197. Conveyors, Duct Work, and your Hot Work Permitting Process
  198. Cost of Falls and Workers Comp
  199. CSB Releases New Safety Video on One Year Anniversary of Kleen Energy to Show Hazards of Gas Releases
  200. Deaths Involving the Inadvertent Connection of Air-line Respirators to Inert Gas Supplies
  201. December 1st, 2013 Training Requirements for the Revised Hazard Communication Standard
  202. DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATION BILL, 2015
  203. Did you know... NFPA 704 and OSHA's GHS Haz Comm
  204. Did you know… Emergency Egress and Alarm Systems
  205. Disconnect for Electrical-Discharge Lighting Existing Fluorescent Luminaire
  206. Does it matter what type and size fire extinguisher my Fire Watch is equipped with?
  207. DOI SWEEP OF 16 CONSTRUCTION SITES IN FOUR BOROUGHS NETS 30 ARRESTS FOR BOGUS SCAFFOLD CERTIFICATION AND OSHA SAFETY CARDS
  208. Drinking Chrome – New Studies Expose Threats to Tap Water
  209. DWS (WY-OSHA) Warns of Telephone Scam Targeting Businesses
  210. EEI, ULCC, and the TCIA have negotiated a settlement with OSHA on the compliance dates for the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard
  211. Electrical Panel Clearance and NEW NEC requirements
  212. Electrical Safety Videos from ESFi
  213. Employer Safety Incentive and Disincentive Policies and Practices
  214. Engineering Controls and Economic Feasibility
  215. Ever heard of "Access to employee exposure and medical records"
  216. Ever heard of "Access to employee exposure and medical records" (e.g. 1910.1020)
  217. Ever wondered how many OSHA standards require an actual written program, Qualified person, Competent person, etc.?
  218. Facial Hair, Respirators, and Fit Testing
  219. Facial Survey Results Region VI
  220. FATAL Hotwork Incident (MI-OSHA)
  221. Federal Jury Convicts Former Shaw Group Safety Manager Of Major Fraud Against The United States
  222. Fire Extinguishers & HAZCOM Labeling
  223. FREE On-Line OSHA Compliance Tools from OSHA & MSHA
  224. FREE Respirator Software from NIOSH
  225. FY 2011 End of Year Federal OSHA Inspection Data
  226. FYI... OSHA Outreach Monitoring Report
  227. General Industry Fall Protection requirements begin ...?
  228. General Industry Standards with Training Requirements
  229. General Industry Standards Written Program Requirements
  230. GHS HAZCOM and Workplace Labels
  231. GHS Training Materials
  232. GREAT Forklift Training PPT from OSHA Region V
  233. H.R. 632: Voluntary Protection Program Act
  234. Hazardous Locations (Examples from OSHA)
  235. HAZCOM Training Modules from MI-OSHA
  236. HAZWOPER Training MUST consist of MORE THAN video training
  237. Hearing Protection Attenuation Evaluation, has it been done?
  238. Hearing Protectors Attenuation Analysis
  239. Hearing Protectors, Safety Glasses, and Respiratory Protective Equipment in Combination: Effect on Sound Attenuation
  240. High Visibility Vest - Hotwork & Electrical Work
  241. Hot Work Safety
  242. Hotwork tank explosions - OSHA is not the problem!
  243. Hotwork, the 35' Rule, UPDATED loss data, and changes in NFPA 51B and at CAL-OSHA
  244. How long do you keep your hotwork permits?
  245. How to Read the OSHA Standards 29 CFR 1910 – General Industry
  246. If you have a trash compactor in your workplace, you will want to read this OSHRC decision
  247. Individual Pleads Guilty to Id Fraud and Impersonating an OSHA Official in Wake of Gulf Oil Spill
  248. Inspection and Citation Guidance for Roadway and Highway Construction Work Zones
  249. Is air monitoring required to establish respiratory protection levels?
  250. Is your Respirator Cleaning methods compliant?
  251. Jordan Barab of OSHA speaks at the COSH conference ("cutting corners on on safety and health will not be tolerated"
  252. Knowing your propane cylinders (Part II)
  253. KY-OSHA Recordkeeping requirements did NOT change on 1/1/15
  254. Ladder Safety - Too many falls!
  255. Last Chance Agreements – Company properly fired maintenance employee for not wearing side shields on safety glasses – violated the LCA
  256. Load Center Capacity Calculator
  257. Lockout? We don't need no stinking lockout... says management!
  258. Looking for help with decisions on Eyewashes and Safety Showers?
  259. LOTO Accident - REAL Accident that cost a life!
  260. Machine Guarding Applications and Attributes
  261. Machine Guarding ppt from OSHA Region V
  262. Maine DOL's GHS Video, PPT, & Sample Plan (EXCELLENT Resources!)
  263. Man accused of posing as OSHA inspector arrested
  264. Mapping a regulation from concept to publication
  265. March 2012 Update on OSHA’s Refinery & Chemical National Emphasis Programs
  266. Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) issues SCAM ALERT
  267. MI-OSHA Annual Fatality Information
  268. MSHA Machine Guarding ppt
  269. National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors release Violation Findings Fourth Quarter Report
  270. Need some Procedures for your Emergency Response Program?
  271. New deadline for the Electric Generation, transmission, and Distribution standard is February 17, 2015
  272. NEW Flammable Liquids Fact Sheet (OR-OSHA)
  273. New Recordkeeping interpretation. Question 10-4
  274. NFPA 70E® 2012 20 Most Frequently Asked Questions
  275. NIOSH Hearing Loss Simulator Instruction and Training Guide
  276. NIOSH noise database for power tools
  277. NIOSH recommends exposure limits FAR below OSHA's current PEL for Cr(VI)
  278. OIG: OSHA'S Site Specific Taregting Program has Limitations on Targeting and Inspecting HIGH RISK Worksite
  279. On-Line FIRST AID training is NOT enough (OSHA 2012 LOI)
  280. OR-OSHA HAZCOM (GHS) Video
  281. Oregon OSHA delays rule adoption for Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution rules in Construction and General Industry
  282. OSHA & Eyewashes
  283. OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Course Now MANDATORY in Seven States
  284. OSHA 300-A Posting Reminder
  285. OSHA Activity Update
  286. OSHA amends 1910.1030 (BBP)
  287. OSHA answers HAZCOM labeling question in LOI
  288. OSHA answers questions regarding Eyewash and Safety Showers
  289. OSHA Boot Camp
  290. OSHA cites Asphalt Manufacturer following worker being trapped in hot liquid asphalt
  291. OSHA cites chemical manufacturer following nitrogen fatality (5(a)(1), PSM, WWS)
  292. OSHA cites employer for 8 willful, egregious violations after worker injured on machine without safeguards
  293. OSHA claims "cost savings" with the new GHS Hazcom Std
  294. OSHA Clarifies the Requirements for annual refresher training under OSHA's HAZWOPER standard
  295. OSHA Compliance and perceived "paperwork deficiencies"
  296. OSHA Compliance Assistance Facts: FY 2012
  297. OSHA Compliance is sometimes a “Nike moment”… Just Do It!
  298. OSHA defines "amputation" and "loss of an eye" in their latest LOI
  299. OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses
  300. OSHA extends temporary enforcement measures in residential construction through March 15, 2013
  301. OSHA FACOSH Recommends Updating PELs by Executive Order for Feds
  302. OSHA follow-up inspection of oil refinery reveals continuing worker safety violations
  303. OSHA General Industry Requirements for Labels, Signs, Postings, etc.
  304. OSHA Hospitalization, Amputations Reporting Inspection triggers
  305. OSHA insists recordkeeping obligations are ongoing (United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit ruled differently)
  306. OSHA Internal Memo: Interim Guidance on Enforcement of the revised Hazard Communication Standard
  307. OSHA is planning for the I2P2 rule
  308. OSHA issues "Per-instance" Willfuls for Guarding and LOTO
  309. OSHA issues LOI on the NEW HAZCOM Std and Combustible Dust
  310. OSHA issues REPEAT for cleaning air greater than 30psi ($22K)
  311. OSHA issues WILLFUL and EGREGIOUS citations for machine guarding
  312. OSHA issues WILLFUL for facial hair under tight-fitting respirator (Lead Abatement & $49,500)
  313. OSHA issues Willfuls & Repeats for PRCS, PPE, Respirators w/ some HAZCOM, Fire Extinguisher, and Electrical citations for good measure
  314. OSHA LOTO Citations @ food box manufacturer ($122,500)
  315. OSHA Memorandum: Adequate Means of Egress at Workplaces
  316. OSHA publishes removal criteria for employers from the Severe Violator Enforcement Program
  317. OSHA Region V Fatality Stats as of 10/1/11
  318. OSHA Rejects Arizona State Plan Changes..... February 6, 2015
  319. OSHA restates that if employees do not understand English, their training MUST be in a language and vocabulary they understand
  320. OSHA Review/Lookback of OSHA Chemical Standards
  321. OSHA revises the Out Reach Program requirements again (2/2013)
  322. OSHA revisions strengthen Outreach Training Program
  323. OSHA seeks public comment on agency standards to improve chemical safety
  324. OSHA temporarily withdraws proposed column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders, reaches out to small businesses
  325. OSHA Top 10 Cited Standards and standards for which OSHA assessed the highest penalties in 2012
  326. OSHA Training - Flat Roofing Safety 2011
  327. OSHA Training Institute Centers to begin charging a card processing fee for 10 and 30 hour cards
  328. OSHA TRAINING REQUIREMENTS (presentation from OSHA)
  329. OSHA Update - Most Frequently cited SERIOUS Citations
  330. OSHA updates 1910.35 Head Protection
  331. OSHA updates CPL 02-00-158, Inspection Procedures for the Respiratory Protection Standard
  332. OSHA updating Head Protection Standard in both GI and Const
  333. OSHA will continue requiring independent safety testing for electrical devices
  334. OSHA withdraws proposed interpretation on noise
  335. OSHA's 1st LOI of 2013 is a perfect example of how a how a group of workers may fall under both GI and Construction standards
  336. OSHA's 2013 Most Frequently Cited Standards
  337. OSHA's Accreditation Process Needs Reexamination (GAO-13-88, Dec 11, 2012)
  338. OSHA's Citation Policy for Paperwork and Written Program Requirement Violations (CPL 02-00-111)
  339. OSHA's Clarification on effective date of SDSs replacing MSDSs
  340. OSHA's GHS Labeling made easy!!!!
  341. OSHA's Issues Compliance Directive on Personal Protective Equipment
  342. OSHA's Most Frequently Cited 1910 (2014)
  343. OSHA's new APF guidance document focuses on mandatory respirator selection provisions added to existing Respiratory Protection standard
  344. OSHA's new guidance document focuses on mandatory respirator selection provisions added to existing Respiratory Protection standard
  345. OSHA's position on the respiratory protection "program administrator"
  346. OSHA's proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses requires quarterly reporting
  347. OSHA's Semiannual Agenda of Regulations (1/2014)
  348. OSHA's Semiannual Regulatory Agenda (June 2014)
  349. OSHA's SVEP Decision Matrix
  350. OSHA's Top 10 Citations (2014 Preliminary as of 8/1/14)
  351. OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard is NOT the only standard that requires “verification of knowledge” after training
  352. OSHRC affirms HAZCOM and LOTO citations at chicken processing plant
  353. OSHRC case discusses the legality of OSHA’s Com Dust NEP
  354. OSHRC decision on Combustible Dusts (OSHA Dust Sampling, Chain of Custody, Knowledge of hazards, and Signage for ComDust areas)
  355. OSHRC decisions on Machine Specific LOTO Procedures, LOTO Periodic Inspections, and LOTO Training for Affected/Other employees
  356. OSHRC determines that a zip tie does NOT constitutes a “permanent” fixture
  357. OSHRC on "Universal PPE Hazard Assessments" at distribution centers
  358. OSHRC on guarding of horizontal shafting below 7' with an "arbor" and protrusions on shaft ends
  359. OSHRC rules on LOTO case
  360. OSHRC says fire extinguishers are EXEMPT from HAZCOM Program coverage
  361. OSHRC upholds WILFULL GDC with Postal Carrier Fatality due to Heat Stroke
  362. Pedestal Grinder Safety
  363. Policy Background on the Temporary Worker Initiative
  364. PPE payment for static dissipative safety-toe footwear
  365. Proposed Actions in OSHA's Inorganic Arsenic Standard Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
  366. Protecting Respiratory Health: What Should be the Constituents of an Effective RPE Program?
  367. QNFT or QLFT, which is acceptable for an emergency responder entering IDLH atm’s?
  368. Qualifications for Forklift Operators (Opinions?)
  369. Queens Man Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To Two Years In Prison For Role In Scheme To Issue Fraudulent Safety Training Certifications To Construction Workers And Companies
  370. Reading fire extinguisher labels
  371. Real world use and performance of hearing protection
  372. Record Requirements in the Mechanical Power Presses Standard
  373. Recordkeeping and Fatality Reporting Quiz
  374. Recordkeeping...who is the "highest ranking company official working at the establishment"?
  375. Reduction Procedure and OSHA 300 Log
  376. Regional VPP Recommendations from OSHA Assessments
  377. REMINDER... NEW OSHA Injury Reporting Requirements began on 1/1/15
  378. REMINDER: Post your OSHA Log Annual Summary by February 1st
  379. Respirator Facial Hair Diagrams
  380. Respirator Q&A about "program administrator"
  381. Respiratory Protection Program Administrator
  382. What is the fit factor? (Respirators)
  383. Revised Electrical Std "Grandfathering" and applicable dates
  384. Roof work and proper Fall Protection
  385. Rubber insulating gloves periodic electrical tests - REQUIRED frequency
  386. SAFETY REMINDER - if you have a "compactor" or "baler" and you want a GREAT resource on how to manage and operate them safely...look no further!
  387. Safety Tip: Fire Watch and Monitoring (FM Global)
  388. SCALPING ACCIDENT (WARNING! Graphic Photo)
  389. SCBA Remaining Service-Life Indicator Performance Requirements
  390. Severe Violator Enforcement Program (2013 White Paper)
  391. Should OSHA get out of the pre-accident inspection business? (Editorial)
  392. So does my facility have to hire an expert to perform an Arc Flash Analysis to be compliant with OSHA
  393. St. Louis employers ordered incarcerated for failing to comply with OSHA citations and court sanctions
  394. States that require a 10/30 hour OSHA card
  395. Summary and Explanation of Revisions to the Acetylene Standard as it applies to cylinders
  396. Temporary enforcement policy for 29 CFR 1910.137(b), 1910.269, 29 CFR 1926.97(b) and Subpart V
  397. The "numbers game" and auditing
  398. The new GHS HazCom Std review by the OMB has been "extended"
  399. The Use of Contact Lenses in an Industrial Environment (ACOEM Guidelines)
  400. The “Father of OSHA” passes away
  401. Top 10 MSHA Citations for 2010
  402. Top Ten things to do OR NOT to do during OSHA Inspections
  403. TRENCHING AND EXCAVATION “BY THE NUMBERS”
  404. Understanding UL "Listing" and "Approved" - there is a BIG Difference
  405. UPDATE - Did you know there is a Right & Wrong way to mount a forklift cylinder?
  406. UPDATE on 2011 OSHA Activities and what to expect in 2012
  407. UPDATE on OSHA's VPP from Michaels...
  408. UPDATED - Training Requirements in OSHA Standards and Training Guidelines
  409. UPDATED: OSHA's 2011 Top 10 OSHA Violations
  410. Virginia State OSHA has passed a "Reverse Signal Operation" standard for BOTH General Industry and Construction Industries
  411. VPP Policy Memorandum #5: VPP and Safety Incentive Programs
  412. VPP Policy Memorandum #7: Further Improvements to the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP)
  413. VPP STAR is not a "get out of jail free card"
  414. WA-OSHA enacts NEW Safety Standards for Electrical Workers
  415. West Virginia Enacts CSB Plan for Licensed Propane Techs
  416. What ANSI Z87.1-2003 changes in Safety Glasses Requirements
  417. What is Fee for Intervention (FFI) and who is doing it?
  418. What is the difference between "street glasses" and ANSI High Impact Safety Glasses
  419. What is the phase-in period in the revised Hazard Communication Standard?
  420. What type of respirator do I need?
  421. Whats OSHA been up to for the past month?
  422. When is a Fire Watch actually required?
  423. When it comes to handrails... sweat the small stuff, well at least 1.5"
  424. Who is the OSHRC and what does the commission do?
  425. Why are so many fearing OSHA's I2P2
  426. Work-Related Burns in Michigan: First Annual Report (January 2009 – December 2009)
  427. Your auditing and you come across this... What you would cite?
 
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