OSHA Alert: How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection

FDR Safety

The most important step to take before an OSHA inspection even takes place is selecting a company representative. The company representative is the individual charged with representing the company’s interests during an OSHA inspection. training records, OSHA 300 logs, written program etc.) A well-versed representative is also familiar with OSHA’s own internal procedures for handling an OSHA inspection, the Field Inspection Reference Manual or FIRM at [link].

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OSHA's new COVID-19 investigations, silica guidance

Construction Dive

Here's what contractors need to know about OSHA practices and enforcement as well as new rules on the horizon, according to an attorney during a recent Associated General Contractors webinar

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Biggest OSHA fines of Q2 2020

Construction Dive

Despite the pandemic, OSHA is still focusing on other jobsite dangers, including fall issues at a Florida roofing company that's been cited 12 times in the last few years

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OSHA Lists Frequent Covid Violations

Construction Equipment

Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance and an accompanying one-pager to help employers understand which coronavirus safety standards are most frequently cited during coronavirus-related inspections. OSHA based these documents on data

OSHA gets new construction director

Construction Dive

The new head of the Directorate of Construction, Scott Ketcham, will help shape OSHA policy, according to an industry expert

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How to Prepare for OSHA’s New Crane Rule

Viewpoint Construction Technology

OSHA’s Crane Operator Proposal

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Is Gravity Part of OSHA’s LOTO Regulation?

FDR Safety

Where do gravity related accidents fall in the eyes of OSHA? In some cases OSHA is involved and in others, there is a civil suit alleging tort liability. In the OSHA cases, the Agency might suggest that gravity is a hazardous energy to be controlled. After an injury occurs, OSHA might suggest that 29 CFR 1910.147 applies and management should have had a defined LOTO procedure for the task. The post Is Gravity Part of OSHA’s LOTO Regulation?

OSHA Increases Focus on COVID-19 Related Infractions

Safety Services Company

OSHA’s early criticism. OSHA was criticized earlier this year for not putting COVID-19 issues front and center in their efforts to ensure Safety & Health in the workplace. It appears OSHA may not be just waiting to be called due to a workplace complaint.

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Court Limits Scope Of OSHA Inspections

FDR Safety

Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently found that OSHA could not expand the scope of an injury-based inspection to a wall-to-wall inspection based on the employer’s OSHA 300 Logs. OSHA began their inspection by focusing on the accident, but then sought to conduct a wall-to-wall inspection of the entire facility, Mar-Jac consented only to the focused scope of the inspection and provided, among other documents, its OSHA 300 Logs for two years.

Court Limits Scope Of OSHA Inspections

FDR Safety

Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently found that OSHA could not expand the scope of an injury-based inspection to a wall-to-wall inspection based on the employer’s OSHA 300 Logs. OSHA began their inspection by focusing on the accident, but then sought to conduct a wall-to-wall inspection of the entire facility, Mar-Jac consented only to the focused scope of the inspection and provided, among other documents, its OSHA 300 Logs for two years.

OSHA Issues Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19/Coronavirus

FDR Safety

On March 9, 2020 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidance for workplaces preparing for the coronavirus. The post OSHA Issues Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19/Coronavirus appeared first on FDRsafety The document, developed in collaboration with the U.S.

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What is OSHA?

Lets Build

OSHA was formed in 1970 by the United States Congress with the goal of creating safer environments for workers. OSHA stands for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Why Does the Construction Industry Need OSHA? Construction, building, electrical, Construction management construction construction safety osha safety in constructionThe organization sets and maintains regulations and funds services for training and guidance to employees and companies.

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Are You Ready For An OSHA Audit?

FDR Safety

OSHA sees great opportunity because your industry does realize finger injuries and amputations that are not realized in other companies where operators have automation and/or engineered safeguards to protect the point of operation. For those who attended OSHA 10 hour and 30 hour-type courses in hopes of learning what you can do for technical issues, you probably left disappointed. The post Are You Ready For An OSHA Audit? Accident Prevention Enforcement OSHA

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Update on OSHA Penalties for 2020

Safety Services Company

OSHA has increased its monetary penalties 2% for breaking OSHA regulations and standards. However, non-compliance to OSHA regulations goes beyond financial penalties. Each year, OSHA publishes it most-cited violations. Most Cited OSHA Violations Overall.

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Amputations in Manufacturing – A New OSHA National Emphasis Program

FDR Safety

On December 10, 2019 OSHA published CPL 03-00-022 , National Emphasis Program on Amputations in Manufacturing Industries. This Instruction supersedes OSHA Instruction CPL 03-00-019, National Emphasis Program on Amputations that was published in August of 2015. OSHA maintains that machine setup is not normal production; hence LOTO is required. The OSHRC has ruled in OSHA’s favor that setup does not qualify for the Minor Servicing Exemption to 29 CFR 1910.147.

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OSHA pressuring Cal/OSHA on repeat violations

FDR Safety

Government Accountability Office took OSHA to task for failing to adequately supervise states that have chosen to retain responsibility for their own occupational safety and health regulation. OSHA pledged to do better and has increased its oversight. As the law firm Jackson Kelly recently reported , the fallout has been felt in California, which has its own OSHA. The issue concerns the way that Cal/OSHA defines a repeat violation. Enforcement OSHA

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The Problem With OSHA Record Keeping

FDR Safety

OSHA record keeping was introduced in the 1970’s with the goal of creating safer workplaces. While a good and helpful idea, OSHA recordable and lost work-day case rates may be too much of a focus for many companies, while off the job injuries often go unaddressed. The cry for leading indicators has been going on for many years but we still benchmark and worry over the OSHA recordable and lost work-day case rates. OSHA Recordkeeping

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The Problem With OSHA Recording Keeping

FDR Safety

OSHA record keeping was introduced in the 1970’s with the goal of creating safer workplaces. While a good and helpful idea, OSHA recordable and lost work-day case rates may be too much of a focus for many companies, while off the job injuries often go unaddressed. The cry for leading indicators has been going on for many years but we still benchmark and worry over the OSHA recordable and lost work-day case rates. OSHA Recordkeeping

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New OSHA recordkeeping rules creating confusion

FDR Safety

New OSHA recordkeeping rules that went into effect this year are creating confusion among employers about the definition of an amputation and how to quickly determine if an incident that occurred after work hours is actually work-related, according to an article in Business Insurance magazine. 1, require that the hospitalization of a single employee – rather than three employees as previously required — be reported to OSHA within 24 hours of management learning that it occurred.

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OSHA Electronic Records Submission Delayed, But Not for Long

FDR Safety

OSHA recently announced another delay in the deadline for employers to electronically submit their 2016 injury and illness data to the agency. As a brief recap, the revised recordkeeping rule requires employers with 250 or more employees to submit their OSHA 300A Annual Summaries for each separate establishment by December 15. OSHA intends to upload all of this data to a publicly searchable website. OSHA Recordkeeping

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The Complexity Of OSHA’s PSM Standard

FDR Safety

The Summit brought together safety and legal professionals from chemical manufacturing, petroleum refining, paper and other industries covered by OSHA’s PSM Standard and EPA’s RMP Rule, with officials from the relevant regulatory agencies. I have done hundreds of Task Based Risk Assessments and handled expert cases for OSHA or personal injury where there is no foundation for the worker “training.” The post The Complexity Of OSHA’s PSM Standard appeared first on FDRsafety

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OSHA Drone Inspections: Part 2

FDR Safety

In our previous blog on drones we addressed whether you should or shouldn’t allow OSHA to operate drones on your worksite. Some complain that OSHA’s interpretation of the Plain View Doctrine contains too many gray areas. Discussions on the topic have certainly ramped up, but it’s important to know that OSHA only used drones 9 times in 2018. This is one of the main reasons OSHA has requested to give inspectors permission to use drones nationwide.

OSHA is asking for input on the Control of Hazardous Energy

FDR Safety

On May 20, 2019, OSHA published an RFI asking for input on the Control of Hazardous Energy (LOTO) as shown below. The control of hazardous energy is regulated under OSHA’s control of hazardous energy (Lockout/Tagout) standard. OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout standard currently requires that all sources of energy, including energy stored in the machine itself, be controlled during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment using an energy-isolating device (EID).

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OSHA Now Using Drones For Safety Inspections

FDR Safety

This is largely due to OSHA’s 2018 implementation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems to improve safety inspections. The memorandum essentially states that OSHA has added Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly known as drones, to their toolkit for conducting safety inspections. It’s our recommendation to allow OSHA to inspect your job site, whether drones are involved or not. While you can deny the use of drones, requiring OSHA to produce a search warrant, we suggest otherwise.

Lawmaker introduces bill to create OSHA heat standard

Construction Dive

OSHA has recommendations for protecting workers from heat-related injuries and illnesses but no formal national standard

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OSHA issues new COVID-19 guidance

Construction Dive

The agency's latest workplace enforcement guidance for contractors details how to determine if a coronavirus case is work related

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OSHA Penalty & Record Keeping Changes

FDR Safety

On January 23rd OSHA released its annual Federal Register report containing the changes within the organization. OSHA Penalties Increased Due To Inflation. It’s rarely enjoyable when citation amounts increase, but in OSHA’s defense, there had not been an adjustment for inflation since 1990 until only a few years ago. For violations of the OSHA posting requirement, penalties are now $13,260.

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OSHA’s Repeat Violation Policy: How To Prepare.

FDR Safety

EHS Today : “A recent court decision extending the time limitation for OSHA to assess repeat violations has upped the ante for employers who until now chose not to contest more routine violations because of the cost of defending them. OSHA defines violations of its regulations as willful, repeat, serious, or other-than-serious. The post OSHA’s Repeat Violation Policy: How To Prepare. Enforcement OSHA Safety and sustainability

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OSHA targeting manufacturers on amputation hazards

FDR Safety

OSHA is launching what it calls a “surge” of planned inspections of manufacturers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas focused on amputation hazards. In a press release, OSHA said that amputations most frequently occur during the operation of machinery without adequate safety guards. OSHA said there were more than 2,600 workplace-related amputations in 2015, with more than half suffered by workers in manufacturing. Enforcement OSHA

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Top 6 OSHA fines levied since May

Construction Dive

Once again, most of OSHA's biggest citations against contractors center around falls and trench safety, with $304,000 being the largest fine levied

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OSHA’s 2020 Agenda

Construction Equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released its regulatory agenda for 2020. The highlights include the following OSHA priorities: Powered industrial trucks In March 2019, OSHA issued an RFI to assess whether to make changes to the existing standards for locations of

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New OSHA recordkeeping rule: Urgent need for employer review

FDR Safety

Thanks to a new OSHA recordkeeping rule, employers urgently need to take a close look at their employee handbooks, safety policies and procedures, safety incentive programs, and drug testing policies. This new rule is yet another effort by the agency to attempt to publicly shame employers, force them to change drug testing and safety incentive policies, and increase the classifications and penalties associated with OSHA citations. Enforcement OSHA Recordkeeping

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U.S. appeals court rules against OSHA on machine guards

FDR Safety

A federal appeals court has ruled against OSHA in a case stemming from a fatal accident involving a lathe at a manufacturing plant, saying that the agency’s interpretation of its regulations on machine guards “strains a common sense reading.”. OSHA had argued that the agency was entitled to “deference” in its interpretation of its regulations. OSHA had issued 7 violations against the company and proposed a $490,000 fine. Courts Enforcement OSHA

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OSHA settlement sometimes needs a second opinion

FDR Safety

OSHA continues to cite employers aggressively, and at the same time is suggesting and frequently mandating certain types of abatement. This may overstep their authority, but many employers enter into a formal or informal OSHA settlement trying to avoid expensive litigation and abate alleged violations following agency’s suggestions or mandates. If OSHA’s suggestions are reasonable and feasible, obviously that’s the right way to go. Enforcement OSHA

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April 2017 Newsletter – A “New, New OSHA” Emerges

FDR Safety

What a difference a few months can make, as can be seen with changes at OSHA. A review of recent issues of OSHA’s “Quick Takes” newsletter highlighting important agency news paints a different picture of OSHA than newsletters from last fall. The story OSHA wanted to tell about itself was enforcement, enforcement, enforcement. Eight years ago, the new leaders of OSHA announced there was a “new sheriff in town.” By Jim Stanley.

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OSHA looking to expand powers over recordkeeping

FDR Safety

OSHA is seeking to significantly expand its powers over recordkeeping by effectively adding five years to the time it can issue citations. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed that OSHA has six months under its statute of limitations to issue a citation for alleged recordkeeping violations. But in its Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda, OSHA said it would be offering up a rule that would effectively extend that period to five and a half years.

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OSHA Creates Covid-19 Webpage

Construction Equipment

Aimed at reducing Covid-19 exposure among construction workers, OSHA has created a new webpage with guidance for employers. The website includes a table that describes work tasks and their exposure risk level (from “very high” to “lower”), based on the agency’s occupational risk pyramid for Covid

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OSHA Lists Mask FAQs

Construction Equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a series of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the use of face coverings in the workplace. “As As our economy reopens for business, millions of Americans will be wearing masks in their workplace for the first time

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OSHA stats highlight importance of fall protection

FDR Safety

OSHA’s report on its most frequently issued categories of violations in 2014 is a good reminder that protecting workers against falls is one of the most important safety measures an employer can take.Fall protection topped the list of OSHA violations cited in 2014 – with 7,272 violations across all industries that resulted in more than $20 million in fines against employers. The post OSHA stats highlight importance of fall protection appeared first on FDRsafety.

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OSHA Memorandum Takeaways: Incentive Programs & Post Incident Drug-Testing

FDR Safety

On Friday, October 11th, many in the safety world received a memorandum from OSHA regarding Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing. When discussing post-incident drug testing, the memorandum is clear on OSHA’s stance on drug testing. With that being said, drug testing an employee for reporting an injury or incident that could not have been caused by drug use could lead to an OSHA violation. OSHA Safety and sustainability

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