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OSHA Update 7.3.2012

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Small Business Owners: No penalties and no citations, just a review by OSHA of your workplace. They will perform an onsite evaluation of your workplace for hazards and give advice on how to comply with OSHA standards. So, if you are a small business owner and would like more information, please check out the Small Business Consult page on the OSHA site.

Head Protection: Direct Final Rule and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On September 20, 2012, the 2009 edition of the American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection will be added to the references and the 1986 edition of that consensus will be removed. OSHA will update references in its standards to bring it more up to date. They are also adding the construction industry in order to maintain the Agency standards. If you wish to make a comment, it must be submitted by July 23, 2012.

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  1. To enforce its standards, OSHA is authorized under the OSH Act to conduct workplace inspections. Every establishment covered by the OSH Act is subject to inspection by OSHA compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) who are chosen for their knowledge and experience in the occupational safety and health field. CSHOs are thoroughly trained in OSHA standards and in the recognition of safety and health hazards. Similarly, states with their own occupational safety and health programs conduct inspections using qualified state CSHOs.

  2. Jester says:

    Slip and Fall is our companies nbmuer one concern because of ice and snow. Slip and Fall accidents can be very costly. Thank you for the information. By the way, I passed my OSHA 10 Construction. Randy

  3. silver price says:

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is an entity within the U.S. Department of Labor. This department strives for the safe and healthy work environments of the country’s business by training, educating and enforcing the standards that have been approved by the Secretary of Labor. Although some variations may apply, OSHA has established basic guidelines for small and large businesses within most general industries.

  4. dieta says:

    In recent years, critics of OSHA have become more vocal in their complaints. In fact, a 2000 survey of the National Association of Manufacturers cited OSHA as the nation’s most intrusive federal agency (34 percent of responding manufacturers cited OSHA, while 18 percent pointed to the Environmental Protection Agency, the second-highest vote-getter; another 11 percent said no federal agency significantly impeded their efficiency). The most frequent complaint leveled against OSHA is that American workplace safety and health regulations are excessively burdensome on businesses of all shapes and sizes. Critics call for fundamental changes in OSHA’s regulatory environment, insisting that changes should be made to encourage voluntary industry compliance on worker safety issues and reductions of penalties for nonserious violators of standards. OSHA itself has acknowledged that “in the public’s view, OSHA has been driven too often by numbers and rules, not by smart enforcement and results. Business complains about overzealous enforcement and burdensome rules…. And too often, a “one-size-fits-all” regulatory approach has treated conscientious employers no differently from those who put workers needlessly at risk.” Worker advocates and others, however, point out that OSHA standards have been an important factor in the dramatic decline of injury and illness rates in many industries over the past few decades, and they express concern that reforms could put workers in a variety of businesses at greater risk.

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