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Can workplace injuries really be predicted? or is this just to complex for real life!
- OSHA Penalties Adjusted as of August 2016 share by Sarah Fuller
CRSP Exam Prep Workshop with member Alan Quilley
Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills – Rule
Companies who are required to comply with OSHA’s Process Safety Management standard (1910:119) should be on high alert now that inspectors are being encouraged to complete more time-consuming, complex investigations.
The reason? OSHA’s new enforcement weighting system. Prior to this year, OSHA inspectors were measured on one primary metric: the number of inspections they completed. Logically, under this system OSHA inspectors were less likely to spend the time on a complicated and lengthy inspection, when they could complete several more straightforward inspections in the same period of time.
That’s now changing. Under OSHA’s new system each inspection is given a weighting, using a new measure called an Enforcement Unit (EU). Process safety management (PSM) inspections are now being given more weight than nearly all other types of inspections.… Read more...
On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:
- The Latest Developments at COP21
- OSHA Launches Webpage to Protect Healthcare Workers from Workplace Violence
- Brazil Mine Accident puts Tailings Ponds Safety Back in Hot Seat
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.
- Updates From COP21’s Climate Change Conference. Click here
- OSHA Launches Webpage to help Protect Healthcare Workers from Workplace Violence. Click here
- Update from Brazil’s Mining Tragedy. Click here
OSHA recently released the Top 10 most cited standards for their 2015 fiscal year. Making the always-anticipated announcement was Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs. As is now tradition, the announcement took place at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo, which this year was held in Atlanta, Georgia.
We saw very few changes in this year’s list when comparing it with last year’s list, with no movement in the top six OSHA violations on the list. The most cited OSHA violation was Fall Protection once again, but all top ten violations were repeat offenders and had all appeared on the 2014 list.
There was only one change in the order of citations and it was a small one, with the Ladders standard moving up the list from 8th place to 7th, trading places with the Electrical, Wiring Methods standard which was bumped from 7th to … Read more...
We live in a world of acronym fatigue. This something we’re not immune to in the world of health and safety either. HSE, EHS, MOC, WCB and Job Safety Analysis (JSA). It seems that for health and safety professionals, not a day goes by without an acronym filled conversation.
Let’s focus on one of the acronyms that may sometimes get overlooks. JSA – or job safety analysis.
What exactly is job safety analysis and why is it important? Job safety analysis can actually be one of the best prevention tools you have as a health and safety pro.
A job safety analysis (JSA) is a systematic analysis of a specific job in a specific location. The analysis is designed to identify all the hazards that may exist and determine what controls can be implemented to mitigate those risks. By completing a JSA, your organization can take steps to ensure … Read more...
Accidents happen – it’s an unfortunate reality for many employees, who are susceptible to accidents at work, and employers, who often are monetarily liable for medical bills and reparations after the fact. While the proper precautions can significantly lessen the risks associated with workplace injuries, employers should be aware of the proper processes following an accident.
To better control the safety of your individual employees, professional reputation and legal liabilities, follow these three must-do strategies.
1. Respond immediately
Acting fast after an employee is injured limits the risk of life-threatening complications. First, call 911 immediately following a workplace accident – even if wounds seem minor. Head and back injuries can surface hours, even days, post-incident, and many minor injuries worsen when left unaddressed. If an employee is resistant to being medically assessed, insist on their cooperation.
While waiting for medical professionals to arrive, you’re wise to address any injuries requiring … Read more...