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Defining FR – Flame Resistant Fabrics (Jul/Aug-11)
OSHA's Flammable & Combustible Liquids (May/Jun-11)
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OSHA Is My Friend (Nov/Dec-10)
OSHA Standard for Control of Hazardous Energy Sources? (Sep/Oct-10)
Lockout/Tagout Program (Jul/Aug-10)
Safe Handling of Compressed Gas Cylinders (May/Jun-10)
What You Should Know about OSHA and Plastic Working Machinery (Mar/Apr-10)
Fasten Those Forklift Seat Belts (Jan/Feb-10)
My Back Hurts (Nov/Dec-09)
Fall Protection Program (Sep/Oct-09)
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OSHA & Machine Safeguarding (May/Jun-09)
Carbon Monoxide Hazards (Mar/Apr-09)
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Free Forklift ANSI Standards (Nov/Dec-08)
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Machine Safety (Jul/Aug-08)
Ladder Safety (May/Jun-08)
Is Your Company on OSHA's Hit List?
OSHA Notifies Workplaces with High Injury and Illness Rates (Mar/Apr-08)
Safety Means . . . Never Having to Say You're Sorry (Jan/Feb-08)
Flammables and Combustible Liquids (Nov/Dec-07)
Designing-In Safety NOT Retrofitting Safety (Sep/Oct-07)
Back Safety and Lifting (Jul/Aug-07)
Machine Guarding (May/Jun-07)
Your Hearing Keep it for a Lifetime (Mar/Apr-07)
Light Up the Holidays the Safe Way (Nov/Dec-06)
Would You Risk Your Employee's Life? (Sep/Oct-06)
How to Control Workers' Compensation Costs (Jul/Aug-06)
Compliance with 70E Electrical Standards (May/Jun-06)
OSHA Is on the Move (Mar/Apr-06)
Workplace Violence (Jan/Feb-06)
The Aging Workforce (Nov/Dec-05)
The Safety Paradox (Sep/Oct-05)
Machine Guarding (Jul/Aug-05)
Effective Risk Management (May/Jun-05)
Safety Is Everyone's Business (Mar/Apr-05)
New Year's Resolution Safety (Jan/Feb-05)
Safe Driving (Nov/Dec-04)
Terror In The Skies Revisited (Sep/Oct-04)
How They Got Hurt (Jul/Aug-04)
In-Plant Air Monitoring & Analysis (May/Jun-04)
Safety on the Job and Complying with the Americans With Disabilities Act (Mar/Apr-04)
Link to Article Archive (Jan/Feb-04)
A Supervisor's Duty (Nov/Dec-03)
Machine Safety – Are Your Machines Safe to Operate? (Sep/Oct-03)
Summer is Here (Jul/Aug-03)
Working Safely On Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts) (May/Jun-03)
Does Your Safety and Health Workplace Program Contain All of These Elements? (Mar/Apr-03)
Methylene Chloride (Jan/Feb-03)
Safety Signs & Labels - Does Your Facility Comply? (Nov/Dec-02)
Indoor Air Quality (Sep/Oct-02)
When OSHA Arrives (Jul/Aug-02)
Facts About the Occupation Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) (May/Jun-02)
Workplace Fire Safety (Mar/Apr-02)
OSHA 300 Form (Jan/Feb-02)
Preparing for Disaster (Nov/Dec-01)
How Much is a Life Worth? (Sep/Oct-01)
Material Handling Programs (Jul/Aug-01)
It's Up To You To Protect Your Skin (May/Jun-01)
When You’ve Been Handed the Responsibility for Safety (Mar/Apr-01)
A Fresh Look at Machine Safeguarding (Jan/Feb-01)
Safe Work Habits (Nov/Dec-00)
The Importance of Material Safety Data Sheets (Sep/Oct-00)
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (Jul/Aug-00)
Lockout/Tagout Program (May/Jun-00)
OSHA Violations, Citations and Penalties for 1998 (Mar/Apr-00)
Erogonomics and Machinery Safeguarding (Jan/Feb-00)
General Machine Principles (Nov/Dec-99)
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SAFETY SOLUTIONS: Facts About the Occupation Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Information has been requested from many readers to share insight about OSHA as well as State Occupational Safety & Health programs. My past employers include both Federal OSHA and the State of Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health? (ADOSH) in the capacity of a compliance officer.

Readers have asked; "How can I deal with OSHA after a "visit" and when I am facing a potential citation?"

Let’s discuss OSHA’s prime mission, which is to ensure safe and healthful workplaces in America. Since the agency was created in 1971, workplace fatalities have been cut in half and occupational injury and illness rates have declined 40 percent. At the same time, U.S. employment has doubled from 56 million workers at 3.5 million worksites to 111 million workers at 7 million sites.

In Fiscal Year 2002, OSHA’s employees numbered 2,316 including 1,123 inspectors, and the agency’s budget is $443 million. Sharing the responsibility for workplace safety and health are 26 states that administer their own programs with 3,105 employees, of which 1,378 are inspectors.

Under the Bush Administration, OSHA is focusing on four strategies:

¨ Leadership

¨ Strong, fair and effective enforcement

¨ Outreach, education and compliance assistance

¨ Partnerships

Worker Injuries/Illnesses/Fatalities for 2000

In 2000, occupational injury and illness rates dropped to the lowest level, 6.1 injuries per 100 workers, since the U.S. began collection this information, contributing to an eight-year downward trend. There were 5.7 million injuries/illnesses among private sector firms, about the same number as in 1999, but rates still declined since there was a two percent increase in hours worked.

There were 5,915 worker deaths in 2000, two percent fewer than in 1999. Fatalities related to highway incidents, electrocutions, fires and explosions and contract with objects or equipment all declined. Deaths from both job-related falls and homicides increased slightly.

Standards Cited for SIC Major Group 30; 1-99 Employees

Major Group 30 Rubber and Miscellaneous Plastics Products

Listed below are the standards, which were cited by Federal OSHA for the specified SIC during the period October 2000 through September 2001. Penalties shown reflect current rather than initial amounts. For more information, see definitions.

Top Ten Citations:

  1. The Control of Hazardous Energy, Lockout, Tagout & Tryout – 29 CFR 1910.147
  2. Hazard Communication – 29 CFR 1910.1200
  3. Electrical Wiring Methods – 29 CFR 1910.305
  4. Machine Guarding General Requirements – 29 CFR 1910.212
  5. Respiratory Protection – 29 CFR 1910.134
  6. Personal Protective Equipment – 29 CFR 1910.132
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks – 29 CFR 1910.178
  8. Electrical System Design, General – 29 CFR 1910.303
  9. Mechanical Power Transmission Guarding – 29 CFR 1910.219
  10. Log & Summary of Occupational Injuries – 29 CFR 1904

Most of the standards cited were related to physical safety items. Exposure to Methylene Chloride was also cited many times and I will address this substance in the next issue of this column.

Separately, I recently joined the staff of Lovegreen Risk Management LLC, located in Eagan, Minnesota. This Risk Management, Safety, Health and Environmental Company teams with other established Lovegreen Companies to provide a full service base for our clients. The companies that comprise the Lovegreen Family of Services are:

Lovegreen Industrial Services, a third generation company including: Industrial Millwrights, Equipment Rigging, Custom Fabrication as well as equipment installations, plant moves, maintenance and repair services nationwide. Another area of the Lovegreen myriad of services includes Lovegreen Mechanical Services, a full service HVAC Company.

We look forward to answering your questions and discussing Safety & Health endeavors with you and appreciate your continued readership.

For more information, click on the Author Biography link at the top of this page.

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