General Industry

Mental Health in the Workplace

A Trillion Dollar Topic Considered a taboo subject in the workplace 30 years ago — something that was talked about in hushed tones around the water cooler and often referred to incorrectly as “a nervous breakdown” — the truth is that anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders are no longer looked upon with the same scrutiny as years past. Mental Health challenges are now recognized as very real, very treatable, and things very normal people deal with. Fortunately, there is a wealth of options available these days to help people overcome these issues, but getting employees to actually use these resources can prove difficult. According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million

OSHA’s National Emphasis Programs

High Risk Industries OSHA is Targeting for Inspections Many have heard about National Emphasis Programs (NEPs), but few actually understand just how far-reaching these programs are and what they are actually designed to accomplish. These are temporary programs that allow OSHA to concentrate their resources on specific hazards, both existing and new, in an effort to curb and hopefully eliminate the rate of occurrence. By using the latest data and resources available to evaluate specific hazards and focus on solutions, the goal is to identify potential risks and put protocols in place to secure the safety of the workplace. OSHA provides compliance assistance resources in the form of printed, online, video and audio instruction on

By |2019-04-22T20:41:20+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Who Pays for Personal Protective Equipment?

OSHA PPE Rules Answered Who pays for PPE? The employer or the employee? Since 2004, Lancaster Safety consultants have conducted nearly 12,000 OSHA-compliance training sessions with companies in all fifty states. In virtually every one of those training sessions, one question arises more frequently than any other. Who Pays for Safety Gear? Is the employer responsible for providing pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE)? Or is the employee?  OSHA has a 48-page guide that provides guidance to employers for evaluating PPE needs. It addresses the proper selection, maintanance, and training necessary to protect employees from a variety of hazards. While the actual assessment and evaluation of PPE can be complicated and complex, when it comes

By |2019-05-17T19:40:58+00:00March 28th, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

The Importance of Facility Safety Inspections

Mock OSHA Facility Inspections Save Worker Lives & Millions in Lost Profit When an explosion occurred in a plant in Corrigan, Texas, severely burning a man, it took four years for the courts to make their decision. When they did, the verdict was staggering.  The court awarded the plaintiff $39.7 million for pain and suffering. It was April 26, 2014 when Ralph Figgs’ life changed forever. He was working at a Georgia-Pacific plant when a dust collection system failed, causing the explosion that permanently injured Figgs, killed two of his fellow workers, and injured several others. In all, three companies were held at fault. Along with Georgia-Pacific, a company called Aircon Inc., which designed and installed

By |2019-05-17T19:54:06+00:00February 27th, 2019|Blog Articles, General Industry, Safety Management|

Recordkeeping & Reporting FAQs

Updated January 2019 What's Recordable? Each year, OSHA requires certain employers to complete the OSHA packet and have the 300A Summary form posted by February 1st. Filling out the OSHA 300 packet and also trying to determine what is, or is not considered a recordable injury can be confusing at times. For this reason, Lancaster Safety Consulting, Inc. (LSCI) hosts an annual Recordkeeping webinar which is available for free! Register for one of our webinars today by clicking here. Must-know OSHA Recordkeeping Basics: Q: Where can I find the OSHA Recordkeeping Packet? A: Download it here! Q: When does the OSHA 300A form need to be posted? A: February 1st to April 30th Q: Who is required to maintain injury and illness records? A: Employers

By |2019-01-15T14:23:39+00:00January 14th, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Top 5 Most Common Recordkeeping Mistakes

Recordkeeping Requirements Apply to Most Business in the United States OSHA requires employers who had 11 or more employees at any time during the calendar year to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses are recorded on 300 Logs, and if you’re an employer who is required to complete them, you may be already be aware of how to complete them. However, below are some common mistakes that employers make regarding recordkeeping. Let's start the countdown with the top 5 most common recordkeeping errors we see as Safety & Health Professionals: 1. Forgetting to Post the OSHA 300 A Form Employers who are required to complete 300 Logs

By |2018-12-28T21:54:34+00:00December 27th, 2018|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

First Aid/CPR Requirements for Employers

Does OSHA Require First Aid/CPR Training? Many employers today wonder what the requirements are when it comes to training their employees in First Aid/CPR. Is it, or is it not required? Will employers be held liable or at fault if none of their employees are trained? What is the right thing to do? Many other questions that arise regarding training employees in First Aid/CPR are based off of the distance and time it would take medical services to get to a facility. In some cases, businesses are right next to a first responder, and in other cases it could take over 30-minutes for any emergency services to arrive. So, does everyone have to be

By |2018-12-28T22:05:56+00:00December 19th, 2018|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

OSHA Requirements Guide for Employers

What Does OSHA Require From Employers? If you have ever visited OSHA's website, you know there is so much information posted regarding the different safety and health requirements employers must follow in order to keep their employees safe on the job. We are going to breakdown the key rules and regulations starting with the top 3 basic duties for employers. Three Key Elements: Compliance with OSHA laws. Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards. Examine workplace conditions to ensure compliance. The foundation of a successful safety program is compliance with OSHA laws. Part of the LSCI approach is to stress the importance of creating a good safety culture at your workplace.

By |2019-05-07T19:36:49+00:00August 15th, 2018|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Crisis Response

Crisis Response that is Fast, Effective, and Direct Crisis response means taking action. It is the ability to be strategic with your response plan through careful monitoring and following through with established response protocols. You'll never be able to predict when a crisis will occur, but you can identify certain scenarios and plan how to appropriately respond in each type of event. Whether it’s a fire, unresponsive employee, chemical spill, active shooter, extreme weather, or a major machinery failure, the speed of your response and the actions you take may also turn into a Public Relations (PR) crisis, if mishandled. It’s important to pay attention to what is going on and use real time communication

By |2018-08-09T16:37:16+00:00August 9th, 2018|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

Are You Posting Safety Violations Online?

Are Your Worksite Pictures Sending the Wrong Message? © Creative Commons Zero Social Media & Your Website Social media presence and influence has been on the rise for years. While OSHA is not actively searching company’s social media pages and websites for safety violations, you should still be aware of what you and your workers are posting. Not only could it be harmful or distasteful towards the company but it could represent a negative image. Don't Risk Posting Pictures With Safety Issues OSHA inspections are initiated by several factors, such as worker complaints, an emphasis program, or the reporting of an employee fatality or injury. They can also be prompted from the referral of another

By |2018-08-09T16:25:27+00:00August 9th, 2018|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|
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