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 |2020-05-22T19:54:42+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 |2020-05-19T19:06:23+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 |2020-05-19T14:42:54+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|

What Employers Need to Know About COVID-19

Pandemic Preparedness & Coronavirus Workplace Safety Over the last few months, the news has been filled with updates on the COVID-19 virus, more commonly known as “Coronavirus”. People in the United States and around the world are getting sick and even dying from the virus. Concerts, classes, sporting events and vacation plans are all being cancelled, and parts of the world are even on lock-down. As safety professionals, it is our responsibility to understand what OSHA is doing to help employers prevent the spread of health issues like the Coronavirus (COVID-19). What Exactly is Coronavirus (COVID-19)? The official name of the virus is “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease that it causes is

By |2020-04-29T16:07:54+00:00March 10th, 2020|Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Are You Communicating Clearly?

Keep Workers Safe and Avoid Costly Fines with Clear, Coherent Hazard Communications. Last year, one of the largest automotive glass suppliers in the world — a publicly-traded company that supplies materials to all the major automobile manufacturers — appeared to be on top of the world. The company was worth tens of billions of dollars, with manufacturing facilities all over the world. A documentarian even made a major motion picture about the company.  That was quite a distinction.  But last year, this company — which we’re choosing not to name — received a very different distinction.  It was the recipient of a massive fine for safety violations. Last year, the Occupational Safety and Health

By |2020-03-10T15:53:04+00:00February 25th, 2020|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

Can First Aid/CPR Training Really Save Lives?

Cafeteria Worker Saves Primary School Student’s Life — Thanks to First Aid/CPR Training Is it time to provide first aid training to your workplace?  Odren Polk is the kind of cheerful, primary school cafeteria worker who jokes around with kids and makes them feel comfortable. Now, thanks to a recent first aid training, he’s the kind who might save their lives, too.  “Mr. O,” as he’s known at Stevens Primary School in downtown Williamsport, PA., is often the worker who kids will approach to joke around with and talk to during lunchtime. On a recent school day, he was talking to a group of kids when he noticed that first-grader Kenyon Ritter seemed unusually

By |2020-04-09T16:13:18+00:00January 27th, 2020|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

2020 OSHA Penalty Amounts Increased

Understanding OSHA's Penalty Adjustments Until five years ago, OSHA had not raised their penalty amounts since 1990. Now, with the Inflation Adjustment Act, OSHA is required to annually adjust penalty amounts by January 15th. Fines increased by approximately 80% on August 1, 2016 and are adjusted annually moving forward. This year the penalty increase became effective on January 15, 2020. The good news is that the maximum penalty amounts did not increase drastically overall. Serious, other-than-serious, and failure to abate violations saw only a $234.00 penalty maximum increase.  Willful and repeat violations experienced a higher increase at $2,339.00. The table below displays the current penalty amounts for 2020. Please note that some

By |2020-01-20T14:41:29+00:00January 20th, 2020|Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|
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