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Ten Tips To Surviving An OSHA Visit

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

06/12/2022

Even though the number of OSHA Enforcement Officers as a ratio to the number of businesses is extremely small, one could show up at your door without notice.  In that case, you need a plan because, trust me, you don't want an Enforcement Officer to know your employees don't know who is in...

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Are You Exempt From OSHA's Recordkeeping Requirements?

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

06/11/2022

Some industries are exempt or partially exempt from complying with 1904, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA's recordkeeping standard.  The exempt industries are considered to be...

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Talk is Expensive, Action is Cheap

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

05/17/2022

Recently I was on the American Society of Safety Professionals discussion board.  It's a great place for new Safety Professionals to connect with their more experienced colleagues.  One frustrated member posted a request for assistance.  He stated:

"I have found in each...

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OSHA Submits Proposed Rule for Improving Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

By Mike Harper in Safety Culture

04/10/2022

In a previous blog article, we indicated that there will be more to come with regards to OSHA electronic reporting requirements.  They have now taken the next step in that direction.

In...

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Personal Protective Equipment: The Weakest Link in Employee Protection

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

03/27/2022

Look at the Big Picture and Follow Through

When Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided without training and oversight, the PPE itself can become the hazard.  The process starts with Hazard Assessment and Control. PPE is supposed to be a temporary protection...

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OSHA's Purpose

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

03/14/2022

Many people would state that the role of OSHA is to conduct inspections, write violations, take employers to court and collect fines, a similar description to a police force.  However, when you look at their budget and enforcement activities, it becomes clear that enforcement is not the...

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Safety Observations and National Employee Appreciation Day

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

02/28/2022

Have you ever been part of a group where you had a great idea and someone (or everyone) else got the credit?  How about the opposite, where that guy ignored a rule, say putting on his Fall Protection, and everyone had to sit through Fall Protection training again?

Did you...

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Additional OSHA electronic reporting requirements are coming back.

By Mike Harper in Safety Culture

02/19/2022

In 2016, toward the tail end of the Obama administration, OSHA issued a rule that required employers to submit all of the OSHA forms electronically.  Up to this point the employer had only been required to provide an annual summary, the 300A, by February 1st.  This form contains only...

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Update on OSHA's COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing and Face Covering ETS

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

01/15/2022

When the 6th Circuit Court lifted the stay rule by the 5th Circuit Court, OSHA's enforcement of the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Vaccination, Testing, and Face Coverings 1910.501 began on January 10, 2022.  This created immediate and large costs to...

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Timeline of OSHA's COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing and Face Covering ETS

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

01/11/2022

Federal OSHA's Congressionally assigned scope is protection of employees from hazards created within the workplace by work processes and work materials. 

For every past pandemic, OSHA has made the distinction that general protective measures are under the purview of the Department...

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