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Safety Management Insights

OSHA Possible Update to LOTO Standard

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on Sep 16, 2019 8:45:00 AM

OSHA has long maintained a standard for the control of hazardous energy, commonly referred to as lockout tagout or LOTO. The most recent version of this standard is the often referenced 1910.147, originally published in 1989 and last revised in 2002. For most companies maintaining heavy, hazardous electrical equipment, this document is the final word on safe practices, employee training and regulatory compliance.

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How to Build a Safety Program in 8 Steps

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on Aug 6, 2019 5:54:32 PM
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Details Behind the Compliance Delay in 300A Submission

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

*As of December 5, 2017, OSHA has again delayed the deadline to December 15, 2017.

It was just a few months ago that we first reported on OSHA’s final rule for improving the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. As you may recall, this rule required that employers record workers’ injuries and illnesses electronically.

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How to Avoid OSHA 300 Recordkeeping Mistakes

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Workplace injuries and illnesses can occur at any time or place. While companies strive to prevent such events, they need to know how to handle them when they do occur. This includes knowing how to properly record them.

OSHA Form 300 is the first form to fill out in these cases; it is one of several forms that can be digitally filed and tracked via BasicSafe’s Incident Investigation and Reporting Module. Unless companies fall under the small employer or low-hazard industry exemptions, they will need to log work-related injuries and illnesses here as they occur throughout the year.

To help you avoid OSHA 300 recordkeeping mistakes, follow these tips on how to properly fill out the form.

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Best Practices During an OSHA Inspection

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Nobody enjoys an OSHA inspection, and no matter how many times you’ve dealt with the agency, a visit from an inspector can still cause fear and anxiety. Between fines, penalties and bad PR, noncompliance can land even an honest employer in hot water, and it’s important for every organization to stay on top of new regulations and worker complaints.

Fortunately, OSHA itself must follow plenty of rules, and knowing their protocols can help you prepare for an inspection — even when you don’t know they’re coming. The following are a few best practices to follow during (and before) an inspection.

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Know What to Expect and Your Rights During an OSHA Inspection

Posted by Don Brown on May 15, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The prospect of an OSHA inspection often inspires fear, and significant fines and penalties can result if the agency finds safety violations. While inspections aren’t to be taken lightly, however, you do have rights as an employer. In fact, Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches may allow you to deny an inspection altogether — at least until OSHA demonstrates probable cause.

While demanding an inspection warrant isn’t always advised, you do have options when dealing with OSHA. From inquiring about the purpose and probable cause to limiting the scope of the investigation, you can mitigate the impact of an inspection and ensure you don’t receive unjust penalties. Here is what to expect during an OSHA inspection, and details on you and your team's rights during an OSHA inspection.

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Required: OSHA Electronic Submittal Beginning July 2017

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM

OSHA’s Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses went into effect in January. Intended to “nudge” employers into focusing more on safety, this rule requires employers to electronically submit injury and illness data.

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OSHA's Top 10 Violations of 2016

Posted by Don Brown on Dec 12, 2016 8:30:00 AM

As 2016 draws to a close, OSHA released its list of the top 10 health and safety violations based on over 31,000 inspections conducted throughout the year. More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, making this an important reference in the effort to curb workplace deaths, amputations and hospitalizations.

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OSHA’s New Rule for Confined Spaces in Construction

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 16, 2016 11:30:00 AM

OSHA’s penalty increases aren’t the only big safety news this summer. As of August 2015, the government standard for osha confined spaces standards—including manholes, tanks and crawl spaces—has been updated to account for construction worker safety. Working in these small spaces presents workers with life-threatening hazards, and most are not intended for continuous occupancy. They are also notoriously difficult to exit during emergencies and their occupants are often exposed to toxic substances, electrocution, explosions and asphyxiation.

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OSHA Civil Penalties to Increase This Month

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 4, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Nearly a year ago, Congress passed legislation requiring federal agencies—including OSHA—to adjust their civil penalties for standards violations to account for inflation. OSHA hasn’t increased its penalties for more than 25 years, and once the 2015 ruling goes into effect this month, rates will increase by 78 percent. What’s more, OSHA will now annually adjust its rates based on the Consumer Price Index.

Ultimately, these increased fines could significantly impact businesses large and small—particularly those that are behind on their safety policies and procedures. Outdated fines may have been manageable in recent years, but with penalties in lockstep with the CPI, many companies will need to bolster their safety programs to remain profitable. The following are a few of the specific changes you can expect.

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