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The TOP 10 OSHA Violations of 2022

The TOP 10 OSHA Violations of 2022

by Jonathan PooleSafety Services Manager OSHA recently announced its Top 10 Violations for 2022, and the most popular violations from 2021 remain on the list. For the 12th year in a row, Fall Protection was #1 with HazCom, Ladders, Scaffolding, LOTO, PITs, PPE and Machine Guarding also...

Lessons Learned from a Health & Safety Career

Lessons Learned from a Health & Safety Career

by Bill Taylor, CSPPrincipal Safety Scientist Several years ago, while serving in the United States Coast Guard, a long-time friend owned a 1942 CJ2A. For those who may not know, that’s a WWII era Jeep. One day, he brought a broken Jeep part to me and asked if I thought it could be...

It’s Simply the Rules: Part II

It’s Simply the Rules: Part II

by Bill Taylor, CSPPrincipal Safety Scientist A roofer was inspecting along the edge of a roof three stories above the ground in preparation for replacing damaged shingles. His foot slipped and, having no fall protection, he fell to the concrete sidewalk below sustaining fatal head...

It’s Simply the Rules: Part I

It’s Simply the Rules: Part I

by Bill Taylor, CSPPrincipal Safety Scientist I was conducting a 3 year audit of a client’s injury and illness recordkeeping and ran across a very unusual case which had not recorded on the company's OSHA 300 Log. Not sure myself, I called OSHA on behalf of the client to get a verbal...

ROI: Why Investments Into Safety Programs Are Much More That

ROI: Why Investments Into Safety Programs Are Much More That

Injuries and accidents are bad for business. Consider the consequences. First, operating costs immediately increase. Added expenses might come directly from adjustments to workers compensation rates or arrive in the form of regulatory fines levied by outside agencies. In addition, how...

Guarding the Paper Cutter

Guarding the Paper Cutter

Manual paper cutters, also known as paper trimmers or guillotine cutters, in addition to being a useful office tool, seem to last forever. That’s why we will occasionally run across one that seems to be of an earlier vintage and is not equipped with a finger guard (Figure A). Most paper...

Worm Gear Clamps: A Little Known, Yet Serious Violation

Worm Gear Clamps: A Little Known, Yet Serious Violation

A common finding, and apparently another little-known violation, is the use of worm-gear type clamps for securing air nozzles and other equipment to compressed air hoses (Figure A). I probably see this serious violation at about 90 percent of the facilities I enter. At 1910.243(b)(2),...

With Authority Comes Responsibility

With Authority Comes Responsibility

A storm was rolling through my neighborhood bringing wind and heavy rain. I watched what I considered to be both a miracle of nature and the epitome of parenthood unfold in my front yard. A pair of robins had built a nest in a dogwood tree in front of my bay window and as the storm hit,...

Problems with Non-Compliance?

Problems with Non-Compliance?

I am sure that your occupational health and safety programs always run smoothly, with never a hiccup.  No one questions the policies in place, your employees follow procedures to the "letter of the law" always do what they are supposed to, right?  Unfortunately, we all know this is...

Overcoming Resistance to Changing Safety Behavior

Overcoming Resistance to Changing Safety Behavior

Sometimes the simplest changes are the hardest to implement.  Safety training is about achieving behavioral change, and getting people to alter their routine, even in a seemingly minor way.  This can be hard to accomplish unless those individuals “buy in” and the benefit outweighs the...

The Next Generation of Safety Professionals

The Next Generation of Safety Professionals

What will the next generation of safety professionals look like?  Will they fly around on hover boards?  Will they don PPE which includes a hard hat and safety glasses with built-in sensors, notifying them exactly where and what safety rule/regulation is being broken and the quickest...

The Right Tool for the Job

The Right Tool for the Job

You wouldn’t use a rubber mallet to try and drive a nail. Instead, you’d get a claw hammer which is designed for that purpose. In other words, you would get the right tool for the job. That same logic applies to personal protective equipment (PPE). You would never knowingly enter an...

It’s a Small Safety World After All

It’s a Small Safety World After All

As a senior safety consultant with The EI Group, Inc., my travels take me all over the country, ensuring clients are complying with OSHA regulations and their workplaces and employees are kept safe. While EI’s clients can be found far and wide, at times I am reminded that the EHS world...

To Knot or Not to Knot (Our Apologies to Shakespeare)

To Knot or Not to Knot (Our Apologies to Shakespeare)

With their new standard, 1910.140-Personal Fall Protection Equipment, OSHA has met a critical need for general industry employers who have employees performing work at heights. Much of the new standard is old-hat…information we were already familiar with as a result of applying fall...

What is the Status of Your RMP?

What is the Status of Your RMP?

The US Environmental Protection Agency recently entered into a proposed settlement agreement with a company due to violations of their Risk Management Plan (RMP).  This settlement agreement forces the company to pay a $950,000 penalty as well as perform audits of their 31 facilities in...

Consensus Standards: Going Beyond OSHA

Consensus Standards: Going Beyond OSHA

As most readers know, OSHA standards are just the tip of the compliance iceberg. There are many things for which an employer can be cited which will not be found in the general industry, construction or other OSHA standards. I’m speaking, of course, about the source of most OSHA...