OSHA’s Top Ten Citations, 2017: Extended Citation & Violation Data Released

Back in October, at the National Safety Council’s annual Safety Congress, we got our first look at OSHA’s Top Ten Violations list for 2017. We gave you the list in an earlier blog post just a few months ago.

But every year, OSHA follows that up with a second announcement that includes a lot more data about the violations and citations.

That information for 2017 is out now. And we’ve summarized it below.

As you’re reading the lists, remember that in a lot of cases, these violations can be avoided with proper safety and health training at your workplace.

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Investigate Safety Incidents & Generate OSHA/MSHA Incident Reports Directly from Your LMS!

Life is already too complicated–why have different software applications for safety training AND safety incident investigations and recordkeeping?

The brand-new Convergence Incident Management Software (IMS) can be integrated directly into your existing Convergence Learning Management System (LMS). So you can access both systems with one easy log-in!

Here’s a quick video overview:

We think you’re really going to like this new safety tool. Click to learn more about our incident management software or just contact us.

You may also get some valuable insights from the following articles related to incident investigations:

For more information about our IMS and how you can begin using it today, call us at 888-324-9190 or just drop us an email.

And before you go, why not download our FREE GUIDE TO CONDUCTING INCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS, below?

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OSHA 2016 Form 300A Online Submission Deadline is December 31, 2017

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Please note: OSHA has pushed back this deadline once again. According to OSHA, “OSHA will continue accepting 2016 OSHA Form 300A data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) until midnight on December 31, 2017. OSHA will not take enforcement action against those employers who submit their reports after the December 15, 2017, deadline but before December 31, 2017, final entry date. Starting January 1, 2018, the ITA will no longer accept the 2016 data.”

The language in the quote above is taken directly from an OSHA Newsletter sent on December 18, 2017.

You can upload and submit your information here on OSHA’s site.

For more on this, please download our FREE GUIDE TO OSHA REPORTING & RECORDKEEPING.

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What Is RCRA? The EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

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According to the EPA, RCRA, or the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, is “the public law that creates the framework for the proper management of hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste.” The EPA continues to explain that “The law describes the waste management program mandated by Congress that gave EPA authority to develop the RCRA program. The term RCRA is often used interchangeably to refer to the law, regulations and EPA policy and guidance.”

So in effect, the acronym RCRA is used to refer to a lot of stuff related to the regulations regarding hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste.

In this article, we’ll go into more detail about the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and in particular help you learn to determine what a hazardous waste is.

If your interests are broader, you may also enjoy our article that explains EPA and Environmental Regulations.

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ASSE Columbia/Willamette Luncheon–Safety Training Discussion

 

We gave a presentation on safety training and online safety training at the recent (November) meeting of the ASSE’s Columbia/Willamette Chapter. Thanks to all involved, including of course those who attended and participated in the discussion, those who helped organize and set the luncheon up, and the staff at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill for hosting us.

Our presentation touched on four basic issues:

  • The ANSI/ASSE Z490.1 standard on EHS training
  • Some basic tips for designing, developing, and delivering better safety training
  • The upcoming/in-development ANSI/ASSE Z490.2 standard on “virtual” or “online” EHS training
  • Some basic tips on evaluating online safety training solutions

We’ve got a little more information about each of those four items for you below, including links to free webinars, free downloadable guides, and more. You can also email us to get a copy of the PowerPoint we used to facilitate the discussion.

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LOTO Safety: The 6 Steps of Lockout/Tagout

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LOTO stands for lockout/tagout. When done properly before equipment service or maintenance, lockout/tagout procedures control hazardous energy and protect workers from harm.

In this article, we’ll look at the basics of lockout/tagout and LOTO safety. This will include some basic definitions, relevant OSHA regulations and informational resources, and steps to follow when performing lockout.

In addition to this article, you may find some of our other LOTO articles and resources instructive and even fun. These include:

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Paper Machine Hazards

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A paper manufacturing facility has many hazards that must be considered in order to create a safe, healthy work environment.

In this article, we’ll point out quite a few of the general types of hazards that are common in paper manufacturing. Many of the images we’ll show come from our Online Paper Machine General Safety online course. We’ll start with a quick sample from that course.

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Warehouse Safety Tips

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Warehouse safety sometimes gets ignored, perhaps on the assumption that it’s part of “safety” in general. But warehouses have specific and  unique safety hazards, and as a result it’s worth looking at those in more detail and on their own.

We’ll take a look at some warehouse hazards and safety tips in this article.

If you work in a warehouse, please use the comments section below to share your own experiences. What are some hazards you see at work? What are your own safety tips? What kind of safety training for warehouses do you recommend?

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What To Expect from an OSHA PSM Investigation

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OSHA’s Process Safety Management regulation, also known as PSM, sets specific requirements for employers who use highly hazardous chemicals at the workplace.

And because these highly hazardous chemicals can lead to catastrophic events, OSHA takes the PSM regulation very seriously. Part of that seriousness includes rigorous PSM inspections at work areas covered by the PSM regulation.

Not so long ago, we sat in on a conference presentation about PSM inspections from Brandi Davis of Oregon OSHA. Ms. Davis is a Senior Health Compliance Officer (and Industrial Hygienist) with Oregon OSHA who performs PSM inspections and she’s been kind enough to talk with us about what to expect during an OSHA PSM inspection. So if you’re curious about this, go right ahead and read the rest of the article.

Also, please know we’ve included a free PSM compliance checklist for you at the bottom of this article in addition to the tips from the OSHA PSM inspector.

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How to Prepare an Incident Investigation Kit

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Incident investigations are an important part of your overall workplace safety and health management efforts.

But for an incident investigation to go well, allowing you to correctly determine its root cause(s), implement corrective actions, and avoid similar incidents in the future, you’re going to want to be prepared before an incident occurs.

One aspect of that preparation is simply knowing what an incident investigation is and how to conduct an incident investigation. It makes sense to start at the beginning, right?

But drilling down a little deeper, it pays to have a prepared incident investigation kit that’s fully packed and ready to go when an incident occurs. You won’t have to scramble around wasting time to find stuff, and you won’t have to worry about not having something important in the middle of the investigation.

In this article, we’ll help you get that incident investigation kit ready before you need it when the next incident at work puts you into incident investigation mode.

Also, please know we’ve got a FREE GUIDE TO INCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS that you can download at the link you just passed or by clicking the button at the bottom of this article. 

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What Is GHS and What Does It Have to Do with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard?

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Maybe you’ve heard of the Globally Harmonized System.

Maybe you know it’s sometimes abbreviated as GHS. Maybe you know it’s got something to do with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200). And maybe you even know about OSHA’s GHS-alignment of the Haz-Com standard back in 2012.

If you do, that’s great. But if you’d like to know more, we think we can fill you in below.

And if you don’t know the stuff above, we think you’ll really appreciate the head’s up below.

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What Is a Hazard Communication Hazard Statement?

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As part of the 2012 GHS alignment of the Hazard Communication Standard (1910.200), OSHA began requiring specific label elements appear on chemical used at workplaces.

One of those label elements was the hazard statement (or hazard statements).

In this article, we’ll briefly explain the required Haz-Com label elements and then explain what a Hazard Communication hazard statement is.

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