National Farm Safety Health Week, OSHA Announces Top 10 FY2014 Violations, Study Shows the Cost of Regulations, and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

    • National Farm Safety Health Week highlights electrical safety
    • OSHA announces the top ten FY2014 violations
    • Revised OSHA rule tightens reporting requirements for serious injuries
    • Study shows safety regulations cost employers billions
    • Canadian companies prepare for Healthy Workplace Month

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

    • Energy Education Council’s Safe Electricity program. View it here.
    • Frequently cited OSHA standards for your industry. Find the tool here.
    • OSHA’s Top 10 Violations from FY2014 blog post. Read it here.
    • OSHA revised final rule requiring employers to report serious injuries. View it here.
    • National Association of Manufacturers-commissioned study. View it here.
    • Healthy Workplace Month. Learn more here.

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OSHA’s Top 10 Violations from FY2014

This week at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo, OSHA unveiled the Top 10 most frequently cited standards for their 2014 fiscal year. The list has become predictable in many ways for those who review these OSHA Top 10 lists on an annual basis. The top three spots remain unchanged from OSHA’s 2013 Top 10, with the OSHA Fall Protection standard (1926.501) in the lead, followed by Hazard Communication (1910.1200) and Scaffolding (1926.451).

Construction standards remain some of the most frequently cited.

Fall Protection has consistently topped the list since 2011, when it replaced the Scaffolding standard (the most cited for six years in a row, during the period of 2004-2010).

Most notably this year, OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout standard has moved up the list, from 8th place in 2013 to the 5th position. Meanwhile, the other Top 10 standards barely shifted. What is interesting, however, is that this year’s Top 10 list adds up to 33,116 violations total, while last year’s Top 10 violations equaled 42,502 – in other words, nearly 10,000 citations less in the Top 10 list this year.

For the period of Oct 1, 2014 to Sept 30, 2014, here are the preliminary stats on OSHA’s ten most frequent citations. The finalized data will be published in Safety + Health Magazine in its December issue.

1. Fall Protection (1926.501) 6,143 violations. The standard outlines when fall protection is required and the systems appropriate for given situations, with the goal of protecting employees on walking or working surfaces with an unprotected side or edge higher than 6 feet.

2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 5,161 violations. The standard addresses chemical hazards and their appropriate communication to employees.

3. Scaffolding (1926.451) 4,029 violations. The standard offers general safety requirements for scaffolding – employers must protect construction workers from falls or falling objects while working on or near scaffolding at heights of 10 feet or higher.

4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)  3,223 violations. The standard provides requirements for an effective respiratory protection program.

5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 2,704 violations. The standard addresses the control of hazardous energy during service and maintenance of machines and equipment.

6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)  2,662 violations. The standard covers design, maintenance and operation of powered industrial trucks, including operator training requirements.

7. Electrical, Wiring Methods (1910.305) 2,490 violations. The standard covers the grounding of electrical equipment, wiring and insulation.

8. Ladders (1926.1053) 2,448 violations. The standard covers general requirements for all ladders.

9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) 2,200 violations. The standard covers the protection of workers from hazards presented by unguarded machinery, such as rotating parts, flying chips and sparks.

10. Electrical, General Requirements (1910.303) 2,056 violations. The standard covers general safety as it relates to designing electrical systems.

For more information on the sections cited, you can take a more in-depth look at OSHA’s regulations on their website.

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National Preparedness month, Decline in workplace deaths, OSHA Beryllium rule and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

    • National Preparedness Month encourages emergency planning
    • BLS preliminary data shows decline in workplace deaths in 2013
    • NIOSH updates list of drugs that pose risks to healthcare workers
    • Senate bill aims to improve rail safety
    • Review underway on OSHA beryllium rule

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

    • 30 Minutes to a Safer Office. View it here.
    • NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings 2014. View it here.
    • Recommendations on methods and personal protective equipment (PPE) article. View it here.

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National Preparedness month, Decline in workplace deaths, OSHA Beryllium rule and more on EHS This Week!

Webinar: Cultivating a Culture of Mine Safety

Safety is undeniably an essential priority for mine operators. This was well articulated by Joseph Main, Director for Mine Safety and Health Administration, in a Leadership Lessons profile for a book called “Making a Difference: Leading in Government” where he discussed the three most important lessons in developing a safety-focused work culture.

Revisit and explore these ideas in this free 30-minute webinar that discusses Joseph Main’s key lessons, how they relate to the mining industry, and how every organization can benefit from his teachings.

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  • Ending the Cycle of Intensity and Complacency in Safety Management
  • The three critical lessons involved in enhancing mine safety.
  • Essential tools to ensure sustained, comprehensive compliance with Federal Safety regulations.
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How to improve workplace safety in 30 minutes, Office plants increase productivity, NIOSH respirator awareness day and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

    • New study reveals causes of inaccurate recordkeeping
    • Tips showcase how to get a safer office in 30 minutes
    • Study proves office plants increase productivity by 15%
    • NIOSH hosts ‘N95 Day’ for respirator awareness

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

    • Injury and Illness Reporting Study in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. View it here.
    • Office Plants and Productivity Study from the University of Exeter. Read about it here.
    • OH&S Releases Tips to a Safer Office in 30 Minutes. Read it here.
    • MSHA Black Lung Resources. View them here.
    • Next Phase of Black Lung Final Rule. View it here.

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How to improve workplace safety in 30 minutes, Office plants increase productivity, NIOSH respirator awareness day and more on EHS This Week!

Webinar: Software Implementation Strategies for Success

Is your organization in the process of evaluating or purchasing an Environmental, Health & Safety or Quality management software system? If so, a key process you must consider is how will it be implemented across your organization. As it is always best practice to have an implementation plan, this free webinar outline’s a proven software implementation model for success in any organization.

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