“Addressing Safety Challenges for Disabled Workers” – “How Do You Get Through Your Day?”

Richie Parker, HMS Engineer -"How Do You Get Through Your Day?" - Video Courtesy of Hendrick Motorsports® ESPN® Employees in today’s workplace face many challenges. Work forces have been cut, and in many cases, workdays have been extended. Older workers are unable to retire, while younger workers are unable to find work. New technology is … Continue reading “Addressing Safety Challenges for Disabled Workers” – “How Do You Get Through Your Day?”

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“Fall Protection – What’s Required Where?” – “Scissor Lifts”

First, I want to start off with the "scissor lift" dilemma and confusion. If you talk to two different people, you'll get two differing opinions. Here are my thoughts on this: I have watched while the battle has raged over whether the use of personal fall arrest harnesses by scissor lift operators is appropriate. The … Continue reading “Fall Protection – What’s Required Where?” – “Scissor Lifts”

“Infographic: “Is It Recordable?”

Is It Recordable? by Safety.BLR.com

“Safety Photo of the Day” – “Who Should Be Tied Off In This Photo?”

Who Should Be Wearing Fall Protection &  Tied Off In This Photo? OSHA issued a letter of interpretation that addresses the requirements for use of a body-restraint system on aerial lifts (body restraint is required) versus scissor-lifts (body restraint not required as long as standard guardrails are in place). One last thing about scissor-lifts to … Continue reading “Safety Photo of the Day” – “Who Should Be Tied Off In This Photo?”

“OSHA Says “Negative” To Post-Accident Testing”

By John Hyman Buried in OSHA’s impending final rule on electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses is this little nugget. OSHA believes that you violate the law if you require an employee to take a post-accident drug test. Let me repeat. According to OSHA, you violate the law if you automatically drug test any employee … Continue reading “OSHA Says “Negative” To Post-Accident Testing”

“Fall Protection: Working On Tops Of Trucks & Rolling Stock……Which Rule Do I Follow?…. OSHA? DOT? “

  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants more control over trucking, and the latest focus is on fall protection. Tank fleets, in particular, are being targeted in the current OSHA initiative. The agency is seeking comments from industry on whether or not it should develop specific regulations to “cover falls from rolling stock … Continue reading “Fall Protection: Working On Tops Of Trucks & Rolling Stock……Which Rule Do I Follow?…. OSHA? DOT? “

“OSHA Quietly Changes The Group Of Small Businesses Exempt From Inspection – Epstein, Becker, Green”

By: Valerie Butera In a recently updated directive to Regional Administrators and State Plan Designees from Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, the categories of small businesses exempt from programmed health and safety inspections changed. This exemption applies to workplaces with 10 or fewer workers who perform work in industries OSHA deems … Continue reading “OSHA Quietly Changes The Group Of Small Businesses Exempt From Inspection – Epstein, Becker, Green”

“What To Expect From OSHA In 2016 And Beyond”

  OSHA’S ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVES Though a number of OSHA’s enforcement initiatives may not technically be considered new for 2016, we can expect that OSHA will continue to increasingly issue citations under the General Duty Clause and the multi-employer worksite doctrine. We can also expect OSHA to continue to focus its attention on the training and … Continue reading “What To Expect From OSHA In 2016 And Beyond”

“OSHA – EMT’s At Amazon Fulfillment Center Are Not “Licensed Health Care Professionals”

  Jeff Bezo, President and CEO of Amazon, was sent a letter by the U.S. Department of Labor -OSHA on January 6, 2016, warning him to stop using AMCARE, their in-plant medical unit which is staffed with EMTs to provide medical care. EMTs are only supposed to provide first aid, nothing more. In the letter … Continue reading “OSHA – EMT’s At Amazon Fulfillment Center Are Not “Licensed Health Care Professionals”

“OSHA Can Now Cite Facilities It Hasn’t Visited – Administrative Law Judge Rules”

If your business operates in more than one location, you cannot ignore this case or its implications. Central Transport operates trucking terminals around the country. As a result of OSHA’s investigation of one facility in Massachusetts, the agency fined the company $330,800 for violations relating to powered industrial trucks. That, in and of itself, is … Continue reading “OSHA Can Now Cite Facilities It Hasn’t Visited – Administrative Law Judge Rules”

“Say Goodbye To LOTO: Bring Productivity Back To Safety”

If deployed correctly, an OSHA exception for Alternative Protective Measures can free your machines from the lockout/tagout productivity killer. Author(s): Travis Hessman - November 13, 2015 Safety doesn't have to come at the expense of productivity." If one were to boil down the Safety Technology track at EHS Today's Safety Leadership Conference into one sentence, … Continue reading “Say Goodbye To LOTO: Bring Productivity Back To Safety”

“Working At Heights” – “How Do I Tie Off If I’m The First To Climb Above 6′ & There Is No Established Tie Off Point?”

If there’s one thing we know about requirements for fall protection during construction work it’s that, if you are over 6’ above the next highest working surface (or less in certain states), you are legally required to use equipment specially designed to protect you from falling; the second you reach that height, you must be … Continue reading “Working At Heights” – “How Do I Tie Off If I’m The First To Climb Above 6′ & There Is No Established Tie Off Point?”

“Worker Fainting At The Sight Of His Own Blood Deemed A “Work Related” Recordable Incident By OSHA”

  We all know people who get light-headed at the sight of blood. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an interpretation letter, advising that an incident in which a worker fainted at the sight of his own blood was “work-related”. The worker in question had scratched his finger on a vinyl … Continue reading “Worker Fainting At The Sight Of His Own Blood Deemed A “Work Related” Recordable Incident By OSHA”

“2015: A Busy Year For OSHA?”

With 2014 in the rear view mirror, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow. For starters, 2015 will be the year of inspections. According to the OSHA budget justification, … Continue reading “2015: A Busy Year For OSHA?”

Mid-Year Review of OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting Program.

Mid-year review of OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program. Under the Site-Specific Targeting 2014 Program (SST-14), OSHA has issued its annual inspection plan. After analyzing data collected from a survey of 80,000 establishments, the plan is directing enforcement resources to workplaces focusing on reducing injuries and illnesses. OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting program is one of their main programmed inspection … Continue reading Mid-Year Review of OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting Program.