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OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for 2017

At the NSC Congress and Expo last week, OSHA’s Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust, announced the preliminary list of 10 standards most frequently cited by the agency’s inspectors during Fiscal Year 2017. For the seventh year in a row, Fall Protection took the number one spot. Click here for more details and number of violations per category. The most cited violations are: 1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) 2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 3. Scaffolding (1926.451) 4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) 5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 6. Ladders (1926.1053) 7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 8. Machine Guarding (1910.212) 9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) 10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)      

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2017 NSC Congress and EXPO

Last week, RMS Safety had a booth and attended the NSC Congress and EXPO at the Indianapolis Convention Center. The event is the worlds largest annual event for safety, health, and environmental professionals. With over 15,000 attendees and 1000 booths, to say we were excited is an understatement!  Professionals turn to this event for industry-leading technology, education, networking opportunities and the products and services needed to remain competitive within the industry. The EXPO lasted three days, which allowed many RMS employees to attend the Expo as well as a few sessions.     

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OSHA’s Workplace Poster Available in 11 Languages

Need the poster below? You can download it for free from the OSHA website in eleven different languages! Click here to see your options.  

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September’s Unsafe Photos

Our monthly installment of unsafe photos. Use these photos as a guideline of what NOT to do!                         

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OSHA Proposed Extension to Deadline for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the employer’s responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification to Nov. 10, 2018. The proposed delay is to address stakeholder concerns over the operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. Click here to read the proposed rule.

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Florida Roofing Company Fined with $1.5 Million in Penalties

On March 16, 2013, OSHA changed their rules for Fall Protection in residential construction. A Florida roofing company, Great White Construction Inc., recently saw the effects of these new rules. They were fined over $1.5 million in penalties after repeatedly exposing workers to fall hazards. Overall, Great White Construction was cited with 14 violations. An extensive prior history led the agency to issue 11 willful violations for failing to protect employees from fall hazards. OSHA also cited the company for three repeat violations for failing to ensure employees used eye protection while operating nail guns and for ladders used to access roof sites. Since 2012, OSHA has investigated Great White 12 times and issued 22 citations related to improper fall protection, ladder safety, and eye protection. For a full list of their violations, click here.  Click here for the Residential Roofing Fall Protection Plan Development Tool.       

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August’s Unsafe Photos

Enjoy our monthly installment of unsafe photos!                         

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Update on Silica, Recordkeeping, Anti-Retaliation & More!

RMS hosted an event at our facility recently where a prominent member of the Indiana Department of Labor provided an update on several OSHA regulations.  We would like to share our “CliffsNotes” with those of you who couldn’t make it.  Here is a summary of what was discussed:   FEDERAL OSHA’S NEW DIRECTION:  OSHA under the Obama Administration was extremely active with rulemaking.  Over the 8-years they passed rules on Cranes, Hazard Communication (GHS), Injury Reporting, Anti-Retaliation, Falls in General Industry, Confined Space in Construction, Electronic Recordkeeping, Silica, Beryllium, and more!  They also seemed to be heavily focused on enforcement.  This was made evident by publishing high dollar citations (with company names) on their website, wanting to make each company’s OSHA Logs public access, raising the penalty amount, and less involvement with programs like VPP and SHARP.  The Trump administration seems to be less interested in passing new regulations and […]

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Great Idea for Heat Stress Prevention

Most safety professionals know that the color of urine can be an indicator of dehydration, and many of us have taught this in our training classes.  However, much of what we teach is not applied once our employees leave the classroom and return to work.  It takes continued reminders in order to make some things stick and lead to action.  These reminders can come in the form of refresher training, payroll stuffers, on-the-job feedback, and signage.  A few weeks ago we stumbled across a very simple yet effective idea for reminding employees about the need to monitor their urine color and stay hydrated.  Simply said… the company laminated a chart on urine color and posted it directly above each urinal/seat present on the jobsite.  Due to the strategic placement of the sign it forced everyone to see it at a time they could actually apply it.  Genius!!  In case you would […]

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July’s Unsafe Photos

Your monthly installment of Unsafe Photos. Enjoy!                                                              

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