Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. OSHA articles below.
The stand-down is part of OSHA’s ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign, which was started in 2012 and was developed in partnership with NIOSH.
OSHA is concerned about the alarming increase in preventable injuries and fatalities at communication tower worksites. In 2013, 13 fatalities occurred in this industry, more than in the previous two years combined. This disturbing trend appears to be continuing, with four worker deaths occurring in the first five weeks of 2014.
The agency has issued a 2014 inspection plan to reduce injuries and illnesses at high-hazard workplaces.
Many facility managers are turning to solutions with a low environmental impact to achieve HazCom Standard compliance including the electronic management of MSDSs.
OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses.
Trends in roofing continue to focus on safety and longevity.
This online training course helps companies train their employees to meet OSHA’s December 1 training requirement deadline regarding the Globally Harmonized System standard.
What lies ahead for OSHA? It's difficult to predict what the next few hours/days/weeks will hold for the agency.
Last year, 4,383 workers died from work-related injuries, down from a final count of 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011.
Agreement resolves OSHA citations at Rochester, NY, store following 2011 inspections.
OSHA announces changes to recordkeeping rule for federal agencies to improve tracking of federal workplace injuries and illnesses.
Niels Diffrient died on June 8, 2013 at the age of 84. This Q&A from the Today's Facility Manager archives illustrates how one of the top human factors designers came from humble beginnings to sprout impressive roots. It has been retrieved in his honor. From the October 2002 issue.
OSHA’s HazCom 2012 Standard revises how certain substances should be labeled. From the May 2013 issue.
Here's small taste of the most unusual workplace safety training video ever produced...A Reaper's Guide to OHS. This four minute safety scene can be shown as an icebreaker for any workplace safety training session.
OSHA developed this training event to ensure that federal workplaces have safety programs and standards consistent with those in the private sector.
By recognizing National Safety Month through events such as “Safety Awareness Day” or “Workplace Safety Week,” organizations can have a substantial impact on reducing workplace injuries and promoting a culture of safety.
PAWA legislation would modernize the 42-year-old Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in industries that have outpaced decades-old government regulation. The act clarifies an employer's duty to provide a safe working environment; improves OSHA reporting, inspection and enforcement efforts; extends OSHA protections to 8.5 million American workers not currently covered; protects workers who blow the whistle on unsafe conditions and increases penalties for those who break the law.
This final rule applies the same crane rules to underground construction and demolition that are already being used by other construction sectors, and streamlines OSHA’s standards by eliminating the separate cranes and derricks standard currently used for underground and demolition work.
Johnny Appleseed Arrested? John Henry Jobless? Paul Bunyan Blacklisted? Read on for these modern retellings of classic American fables.
During the two-year agreement, the Alliance will develop fact sheets on the benefits of employers establishing an injury and illness prevention program, hazard identification and control topics that should be included in worker training, fall prevention and best practices for reporting near misses.
Every year, workers die from carbon monoxide poisoning, usually while using fuel-burning equipment and tools in buildings or semi-enclosed spaces without adequate ventilation. This can be especially true when employees use this type of equipment in indoor spaces that have been sealed tightly to block out cold temperatures and wind.
New guidance document helps construction employers and workers prevent nail gun injuries. (Free download available.)
The Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses is used to classify work-related injuries and illnesses and to note the extent and severity of each case.
In addition to the SST program, OSHA implements both national and local emphasis inspection programs, which include programmed inspections, to target high-risk hazards and industries.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2012.
The agreement resolves citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in June 2011 for violations found at the company’s manufacturing facility in Johnstown, OH.
The low to moderate levels of compliance with health and safety regulations have hindered the growth of the fall protection market in North America. However, with regulatory bodies cracking down on non-compliant companies, the market for fall protection gear is set to accelerate and reach $670.5 million in 2017 at a compound annual growth rate of 5.7%.
OSHA has published removal criteria for employers from the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). In the event an employer fails to adhere to the terms and provisions of the agreement, the employer will remain in the program for an additional three years and will then be reevaluated.
In honor of Labor Rights Week, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis says, "Making America’s workplaces safe and fair for everyone is the hallmark of Labor Rights Week. We’re committed to ensuring that workers are safe on the job and paid what they’re owed by law."
The national campaign focuses on providing prevention information and training materials on three major types of falls — those from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds.
Essentially, the OSHA floor markings standards must be strictly followed. These standards deal with the proper placement and dimension of floor markings as well as the correct measurements of aisles or pathways that these markings identify.
Penalty stems from citations for more than 400 process safety management violations cited at Texas refinery in October 2009.
OSHA offers a Safety and Health Topics page that addresses two sectors in the pyrotechnics industry: retail sales of fireworks and fireworks display
The final rule on the standard was issued on March 26, 2012 and became effective on May 25, 2012.