13 Feb, 2020

Safety rules are written in blood. Avoid blood.

By |2020-02-13T07:25:36-07:00February 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Safety rules are written in blood. Avoid blood. The Occupational Safety Health Act (OSHA) and the Mine Safety Health Act (MSHA) are federal safety laws. These laws govern how workplace tasks are carried out. The purpose of these laws is to safeguard employees in the workplace. But I recall one safety trainer’s safety class who [...]

5 Feb, 2020

Litigation Discovery-Learning where to tap.

By |2020-02-05T10:30:49-07:00February 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Asking the right questions during discovery. Or knowing where to tap. A homeowner has a plugged sink drain.  He tried a liquid drain cleaner.  He tried a plumbing snake. He tried a plunger, all to no avail.  Frustrated he called a plumber.  The plumber comes out, spends a few minutes observing the pipes and then [...]

30 Jan, 2020

Electricity-Friend or Foe.

By |2020-01-30T15:20:24-07:00January 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Electricity is all around us.  It is in our homes and offices and places of work.  Electricity is a great tool for making our personal and working lives more convenient, improve work efficiency and more comfortable.  But, like anything that can help us it can hurt us as well.  So, a few basic safety practices [...]

24 Jan, 2020

What is an OSHA repeat violation?

By |2020-01-24T10:13:04-07:00January 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A repeat OSHA violation exists where an employer has been previously cited for a substantially similar unsafe condition. Plus, the citation has become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission or the final abatement date of the previous citation, whichever is later. (OSHA Letter of Interpretation. March 18, 1998.) Have more [...]

14 Jan, 2020

Employer beware: OSHA Repeat Violations.

By |2020-01-14T09:22:55-07:00January 14th, 2020|Employer OSHA Compliance, OSHA Enforcement|0 Comments

Employer Beware: OSHA Repeat Violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can look back 3 years of a business’s citation history to determine whether a “repeat” violation condition exists.  (The OSHA statute does not, in fact, state a time limitation, rather, OSHA has settled on a policy to look back only three years. Letter [...]

2 Jan, 2020

Dealing with OSHA Citations

By |2020-01-02T16:47:54-07:00January 2nd, 2020|Employer OSHA Compliance, OSHA Enforcement|0 Comments

Dealing with OSHA Citations The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency designed to provide safety information, safety training suggestions, and safety programs.  The focus of OSHA is assisting employers to provide a safe workplace free of hazards to employees.  OSHA also has an enforcement function.  If an employer is allowing a noncomplying [...]

19 Dec, 2019

OSHA’s Top 10 violations.

By |2019-12-19T07:49:34-07:00December 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The big top 10 OSHA violations for 2018. Or being informed is being armed. The top 10 OSHA violations have been fall protection, scaffolding, respiratory protection, LOTO, ladders, forklifts, fall protection, machine guarding, eye/face protection, hazardous communication. So, knowing what OSHA commonly finds during investigations or site audits can be helpful to the employer and [...]

4 Dec, 2019

Fall Injuries

By |2019-12-04T16:34:15-07:00December 4th, 2019|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employee Safety, Employer OSHA Compliance, OSHA Safety, Safety programs, Walking and climbing surfaces, Worker Safety|0 Comments

Fall injuries.  This blog is a little different from many of my earlier blogs.  It relies solely upon my experience as a safety manager for companies over the years.  It is a laymen’s comment. The discussion is about fall injuries and why they are so problematic.   First, a fall injury may arise from a simple [...]

2 Nov, 2019

Health and Safety Plans

By |2019-11-02T09:24:22-06:00November 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Health and safety plans.  Intimidating?  Serious?  It sounds like too much?  Well, actually not so.  First, you want a safety plan.  It helps you, your employees, and other companies you work with to understand your safety requirements.  Second, if you use the safety plan as a safety training tool you can educate and keep your [...]

8 Oct, 2019

Documenting workplace hazards-Avoid OSHA fines, it’s simple.

By |2019-10-08T07:58:38-06:00October 8th, 2019|Employee Safety, Employer OSHA Compliance, Hazard Identification, OSHA Enforcement, OSHA Safety, Safety programs|0 Comments

It is simple to avoid OSHA fines.  Personal protective equipment commonly referred to as PPE.  PPE refers to safety glasses, hard/steel toe shoes, hearing protection, face protection, gloves, respirators, etc. You no doubt know PPE is used to provide safety protection of employees from a variety of common workplace hazards. Hazards such as eye hazards [...]

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