Posts Tagged OSHA

Job Hazard Analysis in the Workplace

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Written by: Garrick Johnson, Health Consultant, USF SafetyFlorida Employees are exposed to hazards in the workplace on a daily basis and employers have the responsibility of protecting employees from these hazards.  Some hazards can lead to worse outcomes than others and some jobs are inherently more hazardous than others, but […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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Written by: Adam Marty, PhD., Health Consultant A pallet of concrete was observed being used as an additional counterweight on a forklift. According to OSHA Standard 1910.178(q)(6), “Additional counterweighting of fork trucks shall not be done unless approved by the truck manufacturer.”  The standard also states that forklifts “shall not be altered so that the relative positions of the various parts are different from what they were when originally received from the manufacturer, nor shall they be altered either by the addition of extra parts not provided by the manufacturer […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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Written by: Michael Tartal, Safety Consultant A respirator used by employees was not maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. The respirator was covered with paint spray, dirt, and grit. In addition, the respirator was not properly stored. OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.134(h)(1) states that “The employer shall provide each respirator user with a respirator that is clean, sanitary, and in good working order. The employer shall ensure that respirators are cleaned and disinfected using the procedures in Appendix B-2 of 29 CFR 1910.134, or procedures recommended by the respirator […]

A Balanced Approach to Workplace Safety and Health

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Worker safety has come a long way with the involvement of OSHA, the various On-Site Consultation Programs and the outreach training institutes. Today’s workplaces are much safer and healthier as a result. However, despite our progress, there continues to be a wide range of issues still left to be remedied as evidenced in the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standard violations report. Here at USF SafetyFlorida, we are committed to reducing work related illnesses and injuries through on-site workplace consultations. Secondarily, we help small businesses profit from safer workplaces, […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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Written by: David Ashman, Safety Consultant Hazard: Damaged ladders should be taken out of service or tagged out and labeled. Ladders should not be altered or repaired unless it meets the manufacturer’s original design criteria. Applicable Standards: 1926.1053(b)(15) Ladders shall be inspected by a competent person for visible defects on a periodic basis and after any occurrence that could affect their safe use. 1926.1053(b)(16) Portable ladders with structural defects, such as, but not limited to, broken or missing rungs, cleats, or steps, broken or split rails, corroded components, or other […]

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire: A Brief History on Fire Safety Regulation

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The origins of fire protection engineering can be traced back to Ancient Rome. After a devastating fire that destroyed nearly half the city, the Emperor Nero directed that the city be rebuilt utilizing passive fire protection methods, such as space separation and non-combustible building materials. In the early 1900’s several deadly fires in New York City’s garment industry ignited public outrage over the conditions to which workers were subjected. One fire in particular motivated the city and state to act. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City occurred […]

Hot weather linked to multiple workplace deaths

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Hot weather is here and it’s no secret that extreme heat can be dangerous. In 2018, there were 108 heat-related fatalities and thousands of workers affected by excess heat exposure reported nationwide, making extreme heat the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. OSHA does not have a specific standard that covers working in hot environments. Nonetheless, under the OSH Act, employers have a duty to protect workers from recognized serious hazards in the workplace, which include heat-related hazards. […]