Lockout Tagout Policy Audits

Audits are an important part of any occupational safety and health policies and procedures. Whether internal audits by a safety team, surprise audits by supervisors, or third party audits by third party auditing firms, these audits ensure compliance, ensure these policies and procedures are being followed, and, often, are required by the OSHA standards which govern the policies and procedures in question. For most occupational safety and health policies and procedures such as the ones at PremierFactorySafety.com, a general audit of the entire facility should suffice inadequately covering the policies and procedures in question; most do not require frequent updating, and as such need simply to be compared against OSHA standards to ensure nothing has changed in the standard.

But for some areas of occupational safety and health, such as lockout tagout, a more thorough audit is required to ensure compliance. The reason for this deeper review can be that it is an area of occupational safety and health which is often changed by OSHA, it is an area of occupational safety and health which is often updated at the facility, or it is an area of occupational safety and health which is extremely complicated and needs additional time spent ensuring compliance. Or, in the case of lockout tagout, it could cover more than one of these reasons.

Lockout tagout policies and procedures are governed by OSHA Standard 1910.147, which is arguably the most complicated standard around. This can make it extremely difficult to create compliant policies and …

US Labor Department Warns Of Hazards During Storm Cleanup

In the wake of the devastation caused in South Carolina by Hurricane Joaquin, The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has advised residents and emergency workers in South Carolina of the hazards present. These warnings, however, do not only apply to South Carolina, they apply to all locations where major, catastrophic storms can hit.

“Recovery work should not put you in the hospital emergency room,” said Kurt Petermeyer, OSHA’s regional administrator in Atlanta. “A range of safety and health hazards exist following storms. You may minimize these dangers with knowledge, safe work practices and personal protective equipment. OSHA wants to make certain that all working men and women, including volunteers, return home at the end of the workday.”

To help prevent injury during storm recovery and cleanup, the following measures should be taken: evaluate the work area for hazards; employ engineering or work practice controls to mitigate hazards; use personal protective equipment; assume all power lines are alive; use portable generators, saws, ladders, vehicles, and other equipment properly; and heed safety precautions for traffic work zones.

If your business is involved in storm recovery, or if any of your employees help in storm recovery, it is imperative you have policies and procedures in place to ensure these basic steps are in place to protect your employees. If you do not, it could lead to serious injuries to your employees and serious fines from OSHA. If you are having trouble implementing these policies and procedures, please contact …

OSHA Announces Final Rule Regarding Silica Dust

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced a final rule which is designed to improve protections currently in place for workers who are exposed to respirable silica dust. The new rule is supposed to limit workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica, which should, in turn, curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease in those employees. As such, OSHA estimates that this rule, once fully effective, will save more than 600 lives annually and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year. Additionally, OSHA claims there will be net benefits of roughly $7.7 billion per year.

“More than 80 years ago, Labor Secretary Frances Perkins identified silica dust as a deadly hazard and called on employers to fully protect workers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “This rule will save lives. It will enable workers to earn a living without sacrificing their health. It builds upon decades of research and a lengthy stakeholder engagement process – including the consideration of thousands of public comments – to finally give workers the kind of protection they deserve and that Frances Perkins had hoped for them.”

“The previous exposure limits were outdated and did not adequately protect workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Limiting exposure to silica and concrete dust is essential. Every year, many exposed workers not only lose their ability to work but also to breathe. Today, we …

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