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Written By: Robert E. Sheriff, CIH, CSP President
January 3, 2017
OSHA IDENTIFIES TOP 10 OSHA CITATIONS FOR 2016 (TO DATE)
- FALL PROTECTION 29CFR1926.501
- HAZARD COMMUNICATION 29CFR1910.1200
- SCAFFOLDING 29CFR1926.451
- RESPIRATORY PROTECTION 29CFR1910.134
- LOCK-OUT/TAG-OUT 29CFR1910.147
- POWERED INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS 29CFR1910.178
- LADDERS 29CFR1926.153
- MACHINE GUARDING 29CFR1910.212
- ELECTRICAL WIRING 29CFR1910.305
- ELECTRICAL, GEN. REQ. 29CFR1910.303
This can provide an excellent priority list for health and safety audits and site inspections of your facilities for your 2017 NEW YEAR’S SAFETY RESOLUTIONS.
The majority of Construction citations related to falls (Fall Protection, Scaffolding, Ladders).
In General Industry, the citations are more diverse but suggest an overall lack of effective worker safety and health programs. Solutions involve a more careful approach to formal safety programs and much more detailed facility audit by persons knowledgeable in industrial hygiene and safety.
Of course, the final-and most important step-is the authority to implement the audited deficiencies. Too often the person in charge of health and safety has taken on the task as a supplemental duty with the responsibility but not the knowledge needed to identify the problems and not the authority to see the deficiencies are corrected.
These are organizational New Year’s resolution for you in 2017!
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