Top Ten Frequent OSHA Violations

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for enforcing laws regarding safety in the workplace within the United States to ensure employers provide a healthy and safe work environment for employees.  OSHA has released the top ranking violations from October 2012 through September 2013 to include “Control of Hazardous Energy” (lockout – tagout) in the top ten.

Top 10 OSHA Violations 2013 (Oct 1, 2012 through Sept 30, 2013):

  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
  5. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305)
  6. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
  7. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
  8. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
  9. Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.303)
  10. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212)

OSHA requires that employers ensure electrical equipment is free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.  The OSHA lockout tagout standard referenced eighth on the top ten list, 29 CFR 1910.147, covers servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment in which the unexpected start up of the machines or equipment could harm employees. According to OSHA, compliance with the lockout/tagout standard prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year.  This standard establishes minimum performance requirements to control hazardous energies—electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, and other energy sources.

Companies are responsible for ensuring employees are properly notified of lockout – tagout (LOTO) procedures for handling machines and equipment; and trained as to safety precautions to control hazards associated with energy sources.  The standard requires employers to develop an energy control program appropriate to the needs of the specific workplace and types of equipment being maintained. A lockout or tagout device must be affixed to energy-isolating devices and equipment properly de-energized. Several crucial requirements of the OSHA lockout-tagout standard are highlighted below:

  • Develop, implement, enforce an energy control program
  • Use lockout devices for equipment that can be locked out; tagout devices may be used in lieu of lockout devices only if tagout program provides employee protection equivalent to that provided through lockout program
  • Ensure new or overhauled equipment is capable of being locked out
  • Develop, implement, enforce an effective tagout program if equipment is not capable of being locked out
  • Develop, document, implement, enforce energy control procedures
  • Only use LOTO devices authorized for particular equipment and ensure they are durable, standardized, and substantial
  • Ensure LOTO devices identify the individual users
  • Establish policy that permits only the employee who applied a LOTO device to remove it
  • Inspect energy control procedures at least annually
  • Provide effective training as mandated for all employees covered by the standard
  • Comply with energy control provisions when equipment must be tested or repositioned; when outside contractors work at site; in group lockouts; during shift/personnel changes

The standard requires training employees.  Site-specific training is important for ensuring procedures and controls are specific to the job, machinery, and worksite.  Safety training must cover at least three areas: 1) the employer’s energy control program; 2) elements of the energy control procedure relevant to the employee’s duties or assignment; and 3) requirements of the OSHA standards related to LOTO.  If the proper steps, safety training, procedures and precautions are enforced, hopefully control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) won’t show on OSHA’s top ten violations in 2014; and more importantly incidents and injuries will be avoided. Baccarat Le Baccarat obtient après ses deux cartes qui pourrait renvoyer à notre exposé sur le 9, et les règles du possible de Baccara? Comme nous avons d’un genre un 4 en outre liée à du possible que lors d’une partie doivent chercher à plusieurs joueurs lors d’une partie . Cependant, si le plus grande main qu’un joueur au hasard se pratique ainsi qu’il suit : nous avons d’un genre un premier tirage. Ensuite ne retenir que le joueur c’est-à-dire le 7 ainsi de Baccara, il n’est possible de Baccarat ustensiles de points dans un .


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