Is OSHA’s proposal for E-Reporting going too far?

Is OSHA’s proposal for E-Reporting going too far?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has put forth a proposed rule that will require many employers to track injuries and illnesses electronically on a new system. If approved, the rule will require this type of reporting take place at least every quarter. For employers with 250+ employees, the website where the data will be sent

2014 Regularity Priorities from OSHA Announced

2014 Regularity Priorities from OSHA Announced

Each year the US department of Labor, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announces a list of their priorities for the following year. In fact, they often release updates throughout the year, but the one that comes out at this time of the year typically gets the most attention. All companies would be wise to

OSHA and Continuous Improvement

OSHA and Continuous Improvement

Any organization doing business in the United States should be familiar with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA. They are a branch of the US Department of Labor and are tasked with helping to ensure all working environments are safe and healthy for those working in them. They were established in 1970, and have

Why Use a Checklist for Your Inspections?

Why Use a Checklist for Your Inspections?

Performing inspections is one of the most important jobs of a safety manager. Even in cases when the actual inspections aren’t directly performed by the safety manager, he or she will still be responsible for reviewing the results and taking action where necessary. Unfortunately, for many facilities, an inspection ends up being little more than a

Responsibilities of a Safety Manager

Responsibilities of a Safety Manager

A safety manager is generally responsible for the overall safety of an entire facility. One of their primary responsibilities is to ensure that a facility is OSHA compliant. There are many requirements OSHA places on facilities, which can make this a difficult and complex job. Some of the most significant things that OSHA checks for include

Hazardous Energy Control

Hazardous Energy Control

Servicing heavy machinery has been an extremely dangerous occupation for many years.  In an attempt to reduce the possibility of injury or even death there have been standards created by OSHA and other groups to help limit the dangers.  One of the main focuses of these standards was hazardous energy control.  The idea is that when people

Minimal Lockout/Tagout Procedures

Minimal Lockout/Tagout Procedures

While many facilities choose to implement a higher standard for their lockout / tagout procedures, the OSHA standard does have some minimal requirements to be in compliance for this type of work.  Following the minimal lockout/tagout procedures will keep people much safer than having no safety standard in place at all, and it is a great place to start

Do you need a safety manager?

Do you need a safety manager?

In a perfect world every company, regardless of its size, would have a full time safety manager who is dedicated to locating any hazards in the work environment and reducing or eliminating them quickly.  The reality is, however, that many companies can’t afford to have a full time employee dedicated to this area and others don’t want