OSHA

  • Hazard Assessment and Control: Building a Safer Workplace

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    When working to create a safe workplace for all of your employees, one place to start is by conducting a hazard assessment: identify existing and potential hazards before they harm anyone. Then, use controls—actions to eliminate or lower risks—to manage those hazards. OSHA offers these suggestions on how to prevent and control hazards: Regularly and thoroughly maintain equipment Ensure that hazard correction procedures are in place Ensure that everyone knows how Read More

  • Personal Safety and Security in the Workplace: Preventing Workplace Violence

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    According to OSHA, almost 2 million American workers report they have been victims of workplace violence every year, with more unreported incidents. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recently updated the Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers. OSHA focuses on these five settings: hospital, residential treatment, non-residential treatment/service, community care, and field work, as well as a variety of workers, Read More

  • Compliance Update: OSHA Works to Clarify Recordkeeping Policies

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    Late last month, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) announced that it was issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking clarifying an employer’s ongoing obligation to keep a record of employee injuries and illnesses. OSHA is clarifying that “the duty to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses is an ongoing obligation. The duty to record an injury or illness continues for as long as Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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      OSHA investigated and subsequently fined a cabinet manufacturer for 21 serious safety violations following a worker’s death due to acute exposure to wood dust. The manufacturer was found to have exposed workers to respiratory hazards, fire, explosion and amputation. In addition to the serious violations, there were two other violations. The OSHA citations were machine guarding violations; inadequate guarding for shafts, belts and pulleys; insufficient housekeeping to address accumulating Read More

  • Safety Training: How You Can Promote a Safe Workplace

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    One of the cornerstones of a solid safety culture is safety training. Your employees must be adequately trained so they can safely perform their job duties each and every day. Safety training is a collaborative effort between employers and employees. Everyone must be dedicated to a strong safety training program in order for it to be effective and successful. According to OSHA’s General Duty Clause, employers must provide Read More

  • Step into Action: Develop Your Emergency Action Plan Today

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    All businesses, big or small, need to have an emergency action plan. OSHA suggests that businesses include employees in the planning process and choose one person to lead the emergency plan. That individual will have these responsibilities: assessing the situation to determine whether an emergency exists requiring activation of the emergency procedures, overseeing emergency procedures, notifying and coordinating with outside emergency services, and directing shutdown of utilities Read More

  • Young Workers on Your Summer Payroll?: What You Need to Know

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    Do you employ young workers for the summer? If so, you need to ensure you’re doing all you can to keep these typically inexperienced workers safe. OSHA cites many reasons that young workers become injured or sick on the job: unsafe equipment, inadequate safety training, inadequate supervision, dangerous work that is illegal or inappropriate for youth under 18, pressure to work faster and stressful conditions. Employers have many Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) have collaborated on a new resource to help protect hospital workers from respiratory hazards. The Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit is for healthcare employers and contains information about respirator use, hazard assessment, hospital respiratory protection programs, among other related topics. An educational monograph created by a body of more than 20,500 healthcare organizations was Read More

  • The Bottom Line: Costs of Failing to Protect Workers

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    OSHA recently released a report about how work injuries and illnesses are putting high costs on workers, their families and the overall economy. Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job features a graphic that asks the question: Who bears the cost of worker injuries?  Fifty percent is covered, by workers and their families, with the rest covered by workers’ compensation (21%), Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    Two companies face a combined $64,200 in fines for safety violations after OSHA investigated a complaint about potential hazards at the site the companies share. One company received 15 serious citations for such violations as not providing and maintaining a hearing conservation program for employees exposed to excessive noise, blocked exits, tripping and fall hazards, not training workers on chemical hazards, not providing appropriate lockout/tagout training, and not Read More

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