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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...

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...

OSHA Releases TOP 10 Violations of 2019

OSHA Releases TOP 10 Violations of 2019

OSHA announced 2019’s Top 10 Violations a few weeks ago with little change in the list from last year. The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) and respiratory protection traded spots on the list, but all other topics remained where they were. Take what you will from the list’s...

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,...

The Importance of Hand Tool Safety

The Importance of Hand Tool Safety

Hand tools and the use of hand tools seems simple and straight-forward; therefore, few employers provide any training in hand tool safety. Likewise, few employers conduct formal tool inspections. However, employees are frequently injured by using unsafe tools or by using tools...

OSHA Revises its Penalty Structure

OSHA Revises its Penalty Structure

Again, OSHA has increased fines to make adjustments for inflation. In case you missed it, the new penalty structure is as follows: Violation Type Penalty Repeated$132,598Willful$132,598 Serious$13,260 Other-Than-Serious$13,260 Posting Requirements$13,260 Employers should be aware of the...

OSHA Releases TOP 10 Violations of 2018 with One Surprise

OSHA Releases TOP 10 Violations of 2018 with One Surprise

As expected, OSHA announced 2018’s Top 10 Violations this past week and the only surprise took the #10 spot. This past year, 1,536 violations citing CFR 29 126.102 were recorded—that’s the standard for Personal Protective & Lifesaving Equipment that focuses on eye and face...

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...

Presenteeism and its Impact in the Workplace

Presenteeism and its Impact in the Workplace

Absenteeism is only one part of the problem when it comes to employee health. Presenteeism, or being on the job, but not working at full capacity also links to an impact on the direct and in-direct costs for an employer. In a 2004 study of the problem, the Harvard Business Review noted...

Should OSHA Be Regulating the NFL?

Should OSHA Be Regulating the NFL?

“THE PROSPECT OF APPLYING OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY LAW TO PROTECT NFL WORKERS,” was the statement proposed by Adam M. Finkel, Christopher R. Deubert, Orly Lobel, I. Glenn Cohen and Holly Fernandez Lynch and was the primary study developed by the Law and Ethics Initiative from...

Electronic Reporting of 2017 Injury/Illness Data

Electronic Reporting of 2017 Injury/Illness Data

Just in case you have forgotten, this is your reminder that July 1st is the deadline to submit your 2017 injury and illness data. Some locations are not required to submit while others, depending on the size of the establishment, may need to submit the 2017 OSHA 300A, 300, and forms 301....

OSHA Final Rule on Silica to Go into Effect this Fall

OSHA Final Rule on Silica to Go into Effect this Fall

Later this month, OSHA's final ruling on respirable crystalline silica in construction will go into effect. Among other provisions, the final rule will reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline over work shifts and health screenings to monitor highly exposed...

OSHA Removes Worker Fatality List From Homepage

OSHA Removes Worker Fatality List From Homepage

If you happened to visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) website this morning, you might notice something missing.  The Labor Department has long kept a prominently placed list of worker fatalities on the front page of www.OSHA.gov, but inexplicably chose to...

OSHA Proposes Changing the Deadline for Electronic Reporting

OSHA Proposes Changing the Deadline for Electronic Reporting

Those of you who tried to meet the deadline of July 1 for electronic submission of your 2016 OSHA form 300A discovered OSHA isn’t accepting the data at this time. The system for reporting the 2016 data is not yet up and running. OSHA expects the system to be operational by August 1, 2017...