Workplace safety is not just about hard hats, safety glasses, or gloves, but includes a tireless dedication towards identifying and reducing ALL safety risks.
Is maintaining the highest level of safety easy? Will you be able to think of all the hazards your workers may face? Probably not, as no one can think of everything.
Thankfully, we can benefit from the safety community’s collective body of knowledge with the help of OSHA’s annual list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards.
Review the list and ask yourself some of these key questions to common OSHA violations.
While reviewing the most common failures is a great start, we’d highly recommend a comprehensive safety review conducted by an experienced safety consultant who knows exactly what to look for.
- FALL PROTECTION1926.501 (CONSTRUCTION)
– Do your employees work 6 feet or more above the ground?
– Do you know the difference between fall prevention and protection?
- HAZARD COMMUNICATION1910.1200
– Did you know OSHA changed their HazCom standard to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS)?
– Did you know workers need to be trained on this as of Dec 1st 2013?
- SCAFFOLDING1926.451 (CONSTRUCTION)
– Who can design and construct a scaffold?
– Can you mix and match scaffolding manufacturers?
– How often must they be inspected?
– Did you know when using scaffolds above 10ft tall, employees must be protected from falls?
- RESPIRATORY PROTECTION1910.134
– Are your employees exposed to harmful dusts, mists, vapors, or other respiratory ailments?
– Have your employees signed Appendix D where necessary?
– Do you have proper storage areas for respirators and dust masks?
- ELECTRICAL, WIRING METHODS1910.305
– How long can you use temporary wiring for experimental/developmental work?
– Can flexible cords be used as a substitute for fixed wiring or run through doorways, windows, walls, or ceilings?
– Have you check any non-current carrying parts serving as grounding conductors to ensure they are effectively bonded?
– Do you have any wiring systems in ducts used for ventilation, vapor removal, or transportation of dust or flammable vapors?
- POWERED INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS1910.178
– Do your employees have their certifications for operating forklifts, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, or other specialized industrial trucks?
– Are employees required to perform pre-operation inspections of the equipment and report any damages or defects immediately for servicing?
- LADDERS1926.1053 (CONSTRUCTION)
– Do you employees perform pre-use inspections to look for damages, cracks, missing rungs, slipping hazards, etc?
– How many points of contact must an employee maintain while ascending or descending a ladder?
– Have you heard of the quarter safety rule for throwing portable ladders?
– Do your fixed ladders have a ladder safety device, self-retracting lifeline, or cage if the length of the climb is more than 24 feet?
– What does lock-out/tagout prevent?
– How often do you conduct mandatory and periodic (at least annually!) inspections of energy control procedures with appropriate employees?
- ELECTRICAL, GENERAL REQUIREMENTS1910.303
– Have you checked your electric equipment for suitability for insulation, mechanical strength, wire-bending and connections, electrical insulation, heating effects under all conditions, and arcing effects?
– Do you have enough space around your electric panel boxes, which must be free from obstructions and have a clear workspace that is at least 36” in depth in front and a width of at least 30 inches or the width of the panel box, whichever is greater?
- MACHINE GUARDING1910.212
– What types of machines require guarding?
– Can you alter any manufacturer installed guards?
– What should you do if a guard is damaged?
Never stop questioning your company’s safety processes and prevent complacency which can lead to injuries.
Would your company violate any of these standards? Have you unknowingly put any of your employees at risk of bodily injury?
Stop injuries and OSHA violations before they happen by conducting a Mock OSHA Inspection.