Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Federal OSHA Citation:Posting Requirements

When you receive a Citation and Notification of Penalty, you must post the citation (or a copy of it)at or near the place where each violation occurred to make employees aware of the hazards to which they may be exposed. The citation must remain posted in a place where employees can see it, for three working days or until the violation is corrected, whichever is longer. (Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays are not counted as working days.) You must comply with these posting requirements even if you contest the citation.

The abatement certification documents – such as abatement certifications, abatement plans and progress reports – also must be posted at or near the place where the violation occurred. For moveable equipment found to be in violation and where the posting of violations would be difficult or impractical, the employer has the option to identify the equipment with a “Warning” tag specified in the abatement verification regulation, Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)1903.19(i).

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Meeting of the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a meeting of the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The Secretary of Labor recently renewed the council's charter for another two years.

FACOSH advises the Secretary of Labor on matters relating to the occupational safety and health of federal employees. This includes providing advice on how to reduce and keep to a minimum the number of injuries and illnesses in the federal workforce and how to encourage federal agencies to establish and maintain effective occupational safety and health programs.

The tentative agenda includes a report and recommendation from the Emerging Issues Subcommittee regarding its analysis of Permissible Exposure Limits applicable to Federal agencies; Training Subcommittee report and recommendations update; Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment (POWER) end-of-year report; and Strategic Planning for charter period 2011 – 2013.

The meeting will be held 2 - 4:30 p.m. in Room N-3437 A/B/C, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20210. Comments and requests to speak may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments may also be submitted via mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details. Comments and requests to speak must be submitted by Nov. 25, 2011.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Top 10 OSHA Violations 2011

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) revealed its 10 most commonly violated regulations so far this year. OSHA revealed this list at the recent National Safety Council Expo in Philadelphia, PA at a live presentation. The list did not significantly change since 2010, in fact, the same 10 regulations are on the list, but the order changed slightly. The most notable is that Fall Protection has moved to #1 and Scaffolding dropped to #2. The complete list is as follows:
  1. Fall Protection (29 CFR 1926.501)
  2. Scaffolding (29 CFR 1926.451)
  3. Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  4. Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134)
  5. Lockout/Tagout-Control of Hazardous Energy (29 CFR 1910.147)
  6. Electrical - wiring methods, components and equipment for general use (29 CFR 1910.305)
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (29 CFR 1910.178)
  8. Ladders (29 CFR 1926.1053)
  9. Electrical - general (29 CFR 1910.303)
  10. Machine Guarding (29 CFR 1910.212)