When employees perform maintenance on machinery or equipment, you must ensure that they know how to protect themselves from the release of hazardous energy. OSHA’s control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) standard at 1910.147 requires you to create procedures for employee protection.
Industrial work environments are not ideal for comfort. They are often hot, stuffy, and stifling. Factor in the appropriate PPE that many workers are required to wear, and regulating body temperature can become extremely difficult, if not impossible. Without preventative measures, the results can be fatal.
A good starting point for all employers when attempting to minimize the risk of workplace violence is to conduct a hazard assessment, and then provide employees with the protective measures needed to eliminate or reduce exposure to potential hazards.
A Texas manufacturing company faces more than a quarter of a million dollars in penalties, after OSHA inspectors determined it exposed its employees to falls and other hazards.
Molding Acquisition Corp. - operating as Rotoplas – was cited for a dozen violations by OSHA – ten serious and two willful – for failing to protect employees from serious safety hazards at its location in Fort Worth.
We have all read the articles or posts on the questions regarding confined spaces such as “What is a confined space?” or “What makes your confined space permit required?” You might have even been asked “How do you re-classify a permit-required confined space?” or one of my favorites, “When do I need a rescue team at my confined space?” Let’s break it all down.
Respiratory Protection (1910.134)- OSHA’s respiratory protection standard was the fourth most-frequently cited agency standard in FY 2018.
January 7, 2019
OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard applies to general industry, construction, shipyards, marine terminals, and longshoring. The OSHA respirator standard applies to all occupational airborne exposures to contaminated air where the employee is.
Hazard Communication (1910.1200) OSHA’s hazard communication standard was the second most-frequently cited agency standard in FY 2018.
January 7, 2019
This occupational safety and health standard is intended to address comprehensively the issue of classifying the potential hazards of chemicals, and communicating information concerning hazards and appropriate protective measures to employees, and to preempt any legislative or regulatory enactments of a state, or political subdivision of a state, pertaining to this subject.
Scaffolding (1926.451) OSHA’s scaffolding standard for construction was the third most-frequently cited agency standard in FY 2018.
January 7, 2019
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reported 54 fatalities in 2009 from scaffold staging. In a BLS study, 72 percent of workers injured in scaffold accidents said either the planking or support gave way, slipping, or being struck by a falling object. All can be controlled by compliance with OSHA standards.
Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout-Tagout) General Industry (1910.147)
January 4, 2019
Workers servicing or maintaining machines or equipment may be seriously injured or killed if hazardous energy is not properly controlled. Injuries resulting from the failure to control hazardous energy during maintenance activities can be serious or fatal. Injuries may include electrocution, burns, crushing, cutting, lacerating, amputating, or fracturing body parts.