1008, 2015

Lock-out Tag-out

lo-to-johnMany serious accidents have happened when someone thought a machine or the power to it was safely off. “Lock-out tag-out” is a way to protect yourself and others by ensuring that machines remain completely, temporarily off. Without a lock-out tag-out system there is the possibility […]

201, 2015

The Real Costs of Accidents

workers_comp-2-580x386Accidents are more expensive than most people realize because of the hidden costs. Some costs are obvious — for example, Workers’ Compensation claims which cover medical costs and indemnity payments for an injured or ill worker. These are the direct costs of accidents.

But what about the […]

2012, 2014

Evacuation Plans and Procedures

eap-exit-wall-placardAn emergency action plan (EAP) is usually a written document required by particular OSHA standards. For smaller organizations, the plan does not need to be written and may be communicated orally if there are 10 or fewer employees . The purpose of an EAP […]

1412, 2014

Changes to the OSHA Illness & Injury Recordkeeping Standard

business-insurance-policyStarting January 1, 2015 the new federal OSHA changes will require employers to file a detailed report within eight hours of fatal workplace accidents.

Severe on-the-job injuries that do not result in death but require hospitalization must be reported within 24 hours,  Such reports must be filed […]

3009, 2014

Accident Investigation

acidntinvstThousands of accidents occur throughout the United States every day. The failure of people, equipment, supplies, or surroundings to behave or react as expected causes most of them. Accident investigations determine how and why these failures occur. By using the information gained through an investigation, a […]

2509, 2014

OSHA Announces New Injury Reporting Rules

Kent-Workplace-Injury1The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule Sept. 11, 2014, revising the requirements for reporting work-related fatality, injury and illness information. The rule also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements.

The current regulation requires employers to report all […]

2309, 2014

Safety and Health Management Systems

Safety Puzzle Showing Company SecurityWhat is a Safety and Health Program and where does it fit into my management system?

If your team wants to reduce accidents, injuries, illnesses, and their related costs, everyone must place as much emphasis on safety and health issues as they place […]

2109, 2014

Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards

top10The following were the top 10 most frequently cited standards in fiscal year 2013 (October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013):

  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
  5. Electrical, wiring […]
1909, 2014

Fall Protection

Fall_ProWhy is fall protection important?

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths. Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls.

What can […]

1009, 2014

OSHA General Industry

17057511OSHA uses the term “general industry” to refer to all industries not included in agriculture, construction or maritime. General industries are regulated by OSHA’s general industry standards, directives, and standard interpretations.

via Safety and Health Topics | General Industry.