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Top 10 Most Violated OSHA Regulations

What OSHA Violations do our Consultants See the Most? Working as a 3rd Party Safety Consultant provides an in-depth exposure & understanding of the OSHA regulations as they relate to our clients.  In this field, we work and develop relationships with clients spanning a wide range of industries, from manufacturing & construction to agriculture and mining.  Despite this wide range of clientele, we often see clients that were inspected by OSHA cited for the same violations.  The following list of regulations is the most common we have seen clients cited for over the years. Fall Protection 1926.501 (Construction) Hazard Communication 1910.1200

By |2020-07-01T20:21:30+00:00June 26th, 2020|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

Commercial Driving Safety Awareness

Who's at Risk? Whether its hazardous road conditions, distracted driving, fatigue, or unexpected interruptions – even the most experienced drivers are at risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. In 2017, 37,133 lives were lost on America’s roadways in 34,247 fatal motor vehicle crashes. 5,005 of those lives lost were involved in crashes in large trucks or buses. Fatalities increased by 8% from 2016, and fatal crashes increased by 8%. Commercial Motor Vehicle Statistics: Large truck occupants comprised 17% of all large truck and bus fatalities, a 7% increase from 2016. Large trucks and buses account for 13% of the traffic fatalities. At least 39% of large truck occupants killed in crashes

By |2020-06-01T13:13:48+00:00June 7th, 2020|Blog Articles, General Industry|

The Role of Psychology in Workplace Safety

Committing to Safety As employers, you need to put a premium on workplace safety. Otherwise, work-related injury or illness will cost your company both financially and in terms of reputation. The latest data from Injury Facts show that the total cost of work injuries in 2018 was $170.8 billion, broken down as follows: $52.4 billion in wage and productivity losses, $35 billion in medical expenses, $57.6 billion in administrative expenses, $12.8 billion in employers’ uninsured costs, and $13.1 billion in motor vehicle damage and fire losses combined. The above data ought to serve as strong enough impetus for you to commit to your safety goals, as we discussed in our ‘Get Your Safety Goals in

By |2020-05-20T11:29:49+00:00May 29th, 2020|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

OSHA Issues Revised Enforcement Policies

As the United States economy starts to reopen, business owners might be wondering what the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) plans to do about enforcing the safety of their employees and if we are really safe to even reopen. OSHA's main goal is to get each employee home safely from work every day. They're responsible for setting regulations and also enforcing the laws. OSHA has released two revised enforcement policies that business owners should be aware of. OSHA's 2 Revised Enforcement Policies 1. Revised OSHA Recordkeeping Requirement for COVID-19 Under OSHA's recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is a recordable illness. That means that

By |2020-06-16T20:19:13+00:00May 22nd, 2020|Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Construction Protocols

Cal/OSHA is once again leading the safety industry by providing COVID-19 protocols for the construction industry in order to keep employees safe on the job. Businesses must implement and document the safety measures and comply with Cal/OSHA and Federal OSHA requirements. Cal/OSHA Third-Party Jobsite Safety Accountability Supervisor (JSAS) Construction projects of any size will also need to designate a site-specific COVID-19 supervisor(s) to enforce the guidelines. If your company needs a Third-Party Jobsite Safety Accountability Supervisor (JSAS), Lancaster Safety is able to assist! Provide Cal/OSHA required supervision for construction sites Review Small Construction Project (SCP) or Large Construction Project

By |2020-06-16T20:14:16+00:00May 15th, 2020|Construction, OSHA News, Safety Management|

COVID-19: Are We Safe to Reopen?

Read: Senators Letter to OSHA Focus on Safety & Health A massive debate has unraveled between pro-economy supporters wanting all businesses to reopen vs. health-first proponents wanting to take the safest measures. This article is not intended to take a side but rather to focus on the safety and health of any employee that is working or will be returning to work at this time. On Tuesday, May 12, House Democrats revealed a new coronavirus relief package that would release another phase of payment support straight to Americans, helping to boost the economy and also address businesses needing to implement an infection control and prevention plan. "This

By |2020-06-16T20:16:01+00:00May 14th, 2020|Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

OSHA Recordkeeping for COVID-19

Are Employers Responsible for Recording COVID-19? OSHA still considers COVID-19 to be a recordable illness, much like any other illness that an employee may get.  When it comes to recording if an employee misses work due to COVID-19, an employer may be responsible for recording it on their 300 log. Here are the cases where it should be recorded: The illness is confirmed to be COVID-19 The illness is confirmed to be work-related, meaning the employer can confirm the illness was contracted in the work environment, and not outside of work The illness meets the normal recording criteria under the recordkeeping standard such as medical treatment beyond First Aid, days away

By |2020-05-22T15:42:33+00:00April 28th, 2020|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Don’t Disconnect from Electrical Safety

Three People Die Every Week on the Job from Electrical Exposure: Here’s How to Stay Safe On rural West Virginia land — in the panhandle near Wheeling — four workers from an electrical company installed conductor wire on a power distribution line. It was an afternoon in the summer, the sun shining high on the horizon. In the distance: ravines, woods, brushy vegetation, and a fence that bordered a nearby coal mine.  The job involved pulling heavy electrical poles through the ravines and woods and vegetation to a spot where the conductor wire was needed. One worker sat inside a truck with a slowly spooling reel that pulled the pole toward it. Two workers helped

By |2020-04-27T15:41:11+00:00April 27th, 2020|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

OSHA Issues Memos to Aid in N95 Shortage

Relieving the Pressures of Supply Shortages In an effort to address the scarcity of N95 respirators during the current COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA has announced a temporary easing of the specific regulations related to respiratory protection.  At the beginning of April, OSHA issued two short-term enforcement guidelines in reference to the Respiratory Protection Standard (1910.134) and certain other health standards. According to one, OSHA is allowing for the reuse of N95 respirators and the use of expired N95s in certain cases. In the other memo, OSHA said that it is allowing for the use of filtering facepiece respirators and air-purifying elastomeric respirators certified by other countries or jurisdictions, under the following performance standards: Australia: AS/NZS 1716:2012

By |2020-05-22T15:21:21+00:00April 16th, 2020|Blog Articles, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Telemedicine is Now an ‘Essential’

The World as We Know it is Changed Forever Just like after 9/11, and what we’re facing now with COVID-19, the world as we know it has changed forever. One of the biggest areas where this change occurred is in medical care. Picture this: You are a mother with a 3-year-old girl.  At 2:00 a.m. you wake up to her crying.  You go into her room and see that she is distressed and sweating.  You take her temperature and it’s 100.40 F – Tell me, where is the LAST place you want to take her?  That’s where TeleMedicine comes in. Experts are closely monitoring the day to day changes, but

By |2020-04-07T13:35:12+00:00April 6th, 2020|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry|
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