Posts Tagged ‘Safety’

OSHA Enforcement and News

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Florida roofing company issued $1.5M in penalties after repeatedly exposing workers to fall hazards

Jacksonville, Fla., roofing company, Great White Construction Inc., has been cited and fined after OSHA inspectors observed employees – without the use of proper fall protection – removing shingles and plywood sheeting from the roof of a multi-story residential structure. Although the employees wore harnesses, they were not tied off to the rope grabs and roof anchors. Great White was cited with 14 violations and proposed penalties totaling $1,523,710. Given the employer’s extensive prior history of violations, OSHA issued 11 separate willful citations for failing to protect employees from fall hazards. The company was also cited for three repeat violations for failing to ensure employees used eye protection while operating nail guns and for ladders used to access roof sites, again exposing employees to fall hazards. OSHA has investigated the company 12 times since 2012, and issued 22 citations for similar violations. Great White is now in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. For more information, read the news release. (more…)

Natural Disasters – Is Your Workplace Prepared?

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recognizes each September as National Preparedness Month. This is the perfect time to make sure that not only your household is prepared for disaster but also that your workplace is as well.

If your organization does not have plans such as these in place already, follow these steps to begin the process of preparing your workplace for natural disasters.

Assess Your Local Hazards

In order to best prepare, evaluate your area and determine which natural disasters could pose a threat. For example, if your office is located in Wichita, Kansas, it would better serve you to prepare for tornados rather than tsunamis. Don’t exclusively assess your locality, but take your office building into account as well. You’ll need to consider which floor your office is on, exit routes, hazards within your building, and more when creating your plans. Aside from personal dangers your company could experience, identify the ways in which your business would be impacted. This is critical for the planning process to bounce back after disaster hits. (more…)

Fire Drills – Why, When, and How

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Preparation is the key to effective response to workplace fires. Fire drills help prepare employees to respond quickly, calmly, and safely.

Fire drills play a very important role in workplace fire safety. Although OSHA does not require fire drills, it strongly recommends them.

Fire Alarm

In its “Evacuation Plans and Procedures eTool,” OSHA says:

“It is a good idea to hold practice drills as often as necessary to keep employees prepared. Include outside resources such as fire and police departments when possible. After each drill, gather management and employees to evaluate the effectiveness of the drill. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your plan and work to improve it.”

It’s important to note that even though OSHA doesn’t require drills, local fire codes and your insurance carrier may require you to hold periodic fire drills to ensure safe evacuation of employees. (more…)

Deciphering New Standards for Cut-Resistant Gloves

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

In 2016, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) updated its voluntary standard for hand protection, ANSI/ISEA 105. The standard specifies standardized testing methods for U.S. manufacturers to use in classifying protective gloves, rating them on protective factors that include cut, abrasion, and puncture resistance; chemical permeation; and other factors like flame resistance and dexterity.

Europe also updated its voluntary standard, EN 388, in 2016. EN 388 certification is required for gloves that will be sold in Europe. The standard specifies test methods for mechanical hand protection, including abrasion, cut, puncture, and tear resistance. In addition, the updated standard includes test methods and ratings for impact resistance that are required for any gloves that are marketed as “impact resistant.” (more…)

Spotlight on Safety Enforcement

Friday, August 18th, 2017

OSHA isn’t publicizing its enforcement efforts as much as it did under the Obama administration, but that doesn’t mean employers aren’t being cited and fined. Today and tomorrow, we’re taking a look at 21 recent enforcement cases that all led to penalties of over $40,000.

Here are some cases in our roundup: 

Alabama—A motor vehicle parts manufacturer was cited with three repeat violations and three serious violations. The repeat violations were issued for lockout/tagout deficiencies and failing to provide injury and illness records to authorized government representatives within 4 business hours. Serious violations were issued for fall protection, machine guarding, and lockout/tagout.
Total penalty: $84,255  (more…)

OSHA Enforcement

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Ohio auto insulation manufacturer faces penalties following worker injury

A worker at a Toledo, Ohio, automotive parts supplier lost his hand and part of his arm in a shredding machine. OSHA’s investigation of Autoneum North America found that the company failed to equip the machine with safety guards and train workers on lockout/tagout procedures, and exposed workers to struck-by hazards from machine parts. The company was cited for three willful and two repeated violations and proposed fines of $569,463. For more information, read the news release. 

Michigan landscaping company obtains Cease Operations Order for exposing workers to hazards (more…)

Construction Safety – Tips for an Effective Program

Friday, August 18th, 2017

An effective construction safety program goes beyond compliance to address overall loss control, which includes employee protection, property damage, and liability claims. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has created a model safety program for builders. It’s built on a solid foundation of safety principles that will resonate with safety professionals in the building industry and beyond.

Here’s what NAHB recommends: (more…)

Safety Leadership Tips for Frontline Supervisors

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

At Safety 2017, the annual professional development conference of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Judy L. Agnew, PhD, senior vice president of safety solutions with Aubrey Daniels International, spoke to a large room filled with safety professionals in a session titled “Setting Frontline Supervisors Up for Success in Safety.”

Referring to frontline supervisors as “the linchpins of safety,” Agnew emphasized that creating a safe workplace requires active participation at all levels of the organization. Frontline supervisors, she said, play a key role in holding together the many moving parts of a safety program, from training and hazard identification to equipment inspections and recordkeeping. (more…)

OSHA Wants to Scale Back Coverage of Beryllium Rules

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

OSHA proposed on June 23 to exclude construction and shipbuilding from a final rule issued on January 9, 2017 reducing workers’ exposure to beryllium. The lightweight metal is used primarily in foundry and smelting, composites manufacturing, dental lab work, among other applications. Under the proposal only general industry workplaces would be subject to the January changes, which reduce exposure from 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter of air, to 0.2 micrograms over an eight-hour period. The rule was signed into law during the last days of the Obama administration. (more…)

Workplace Safety Signs and Tags Prevent Accidents – Select and Place Them With Care

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Your employees should be familiar with the hazards associated with their own work areas. But as they go about the facility, they may come into casual contact with risks they don’t know about.

Outsiders who come into your facility may also be unaware of the hazards they face. This is why safety signs and tags are so important. Another important reason is to remind workers daily of the hazards in their own work areas so that they don’t become complacent about hazards.

Yet another reason for safety signs and tags is to warn of hazards that are out of the ordinary, unexpected, or not readily apparent. (more…)