“Surprise OSHA Inspection???”……”What to Expect”

“4-Step Forklift Preoperation Walkaround Inspection”

Do your employees know how to conduct a walkaround as part of a preoperational forklift inspection? The first step toward safe forklift operation is conducting the preoperational inspection. Forklift operators should conduct the inspection at the start of each work shift to ensure that the forklift will work properly. According to OSHA, 1 in 15 … Continue reading “4-Step Forklift Preoperation Walkaround Inspection”

“Why Do We Let OSHA Inspect?”

By Meagan Newman We let OSHA inspect because we have to, right? Actually, no—we do not always have to let them inspect. This is a question that comes up quite a bit with employers, both the kind that see OSHA inspectors frequently and those that have never had the pleasure. The answer, that we do … Continue reading “Why Do We Let OSHA Inspect?”

5 Compliance Issues OSHA Will Focus On in Waning Days of 2013

By Eric J. Conn, Head of the OSHA Practice Group at Epstein Becker Green An industry contact recently asked me what five issues I expected OSHA would be focusing its enforcement efforts on for the balance of this year. Here was my response: 1. Emergency Exits & Exit Routes – A couple of months ago, … Continue reading 5 Compliance Issues OSHA Will Focus On in Waning Days of 2013

OSHA Releases Site Specific Inspection Targeting Plan

On January 4, 2013, a new directive implementing OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting 2012 inspection plan became effective under Notice 13-01 (CPL 02). According to OSHA, this directive cancels and replaces the Site-Specific Targeting 2011, which was issued on September 2, 2011, under Notice 10-06 (CPL 02). Although the notice of a replacement directive applies OSHA-wide, the … Continue reading OSHA Releases Site Specific Inspection Targeting Plan

OSHA Compliance: Why An End of the Year Safety Audit Makes Good Business Sense

By Ed Foulke –Partner at Fisher & Phillips, Atlanta, Ga. It is the end of the year and fortunately OSHA has not showed up at your front door to conduct an inspection. You are well aware of OSHA’s increased focus on enforcement and want to ensure that if OSHA does decide to conduct an inspection, … Continue reading OSHA Compliance: Why An End of the Year Safety Audit Makes Good Business Sense

How to Energize Your Safety Inspection Process

Are your safety inspections becoming routine? If something is lacking in your safety inspection process, maybe one of these suggestions from Milliken & Co., a two-time America's Safest Company, can help energize employees and improve the process. Nov. 14, 2012 Mike Powell Common practice for safety inspections entails review of a lengthy list of compliance-slanted … Continue reading How to Energize Your Safety Inspection Process

OSHA Law Update – OSHA FAQ Series (FAQ #1: Inspection Triggers)

  OSHA FAQ Series (FAQ #1: Inspection Triggers)       Posted: 25 Sep 2012 09:12 AM PDT Back in March we answered five frequently asked questions related to OSHA inspections.  We received a lot of positive feedback about that post and several requests to address additional questions.  Following up on that feedback, we will be adding … Continue reading OSHA Law Update – OSHA FAQ Series (FAQ #1: Inspection Triggers)

How to Get Your Company Off of OSHA’s “Severe Violator” List

  The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration published criteria for removing employers from the agency's Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). SVEP has been in effect since June 18, 2010, and is intended to focus agency resources on employers that demonstrate indifference to their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act … Continue reading How to Get Your Company Off of OSHA’s “Severe Violator” List

OSHA Levies Penalties After Explosion at Austin, Texas Recycling Plant

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Electronic Recycling and Trading Co. with 14 serious violations after two workers were injured from a combustible dust explosion at the company's work site in Austin, Texas. Proposed penalties total $60,060. "Employers must ensure their workplaces are evaluated for hazards and take … Continue reading OSHA Levies Penalties After Explosion at Austin, Texas Recycling Plant