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OSHA staff members are often asked, “Why do standards take so long?” In fact, as the
saying goes, if I had a few dollars for each time I have been asked this question, I would be rich.
OSHA is a complex agency involved in various types of work. OSHA staff inspect workplaces;
set enforcement policy; issue guidance; maintain current web pages; develop and deliver
training; administer voluntary programs such as partnerships, alliances and the Voluntary
Protection Programs; conduct oversight of state OSHA programs, consultation agencies and
education centers; and manage and administer in the federal government bureaucracy. The main reason that OSHA standards take so long is because the regulatory process is designed to be slow
Workers falling from elevations is the primary cause of fatalities in the U.S. construction
industry. The focus of this paper is on using guardrails to prevent workers from falling from elevated
workplaces in residential construction.
Crane accidents have occurred with some frequency since the invention of lifting machinery. Recent accidents that have involved the loss of lives have focused industry attention on cranes. Contrary to popular belief, there is no central repository of crane loss data. US crane accidents that cause a loss of life to workers, or injuries to multiple workers must be reported to OSHA. Other than that, and a few local ordinances, most accidents are not reported. Many crane operators carry large insurance deductibles. Smaller losses may not be reported to insurance carriers. There has been some discussion about national loss reporting requirements, but workable solutions are not imminent.
This modeling project involves not only the construction of a three dimensional model, but would also entail the analysis of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Construction Safety Standards and accident case study research applicable to the work undertaken. This
model approach to teaching about “construction safety concepts” has been effectively utilized in the Construction Safety course (SFTY 3553) offered in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at
Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SE)
The General Duty Clause (GDC), Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, was intended to serve as a “gap filler” to address recognized hazards that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has not yet regulated. To establish a violation of the GDC, the Secretary of Labor must prove: (1) that the employer failed to render its workplace free of a hazard which was (2) “recognized” and (3) causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm and (4) that feasible
means exist to free the workplace of the hazard.
This paper will present an overview of the
new OSHA 1926.1200 confined spaces standard
and also compare it with the existing general
industry permit-required confined space standard
1910.146 and the applicable sections of the
revised ANSI Z117.1 standard.
Falls from heights are one of the leading causes of
disabling injuries in the United States, and these
incidents are incredibly costly—in more ways than
one. The Liberty Mutual Insurance Workplace Safety
Index reports that falls cost organizations more than
$5 billion a year and that cost is increasing. And, in
2013, a jury awarded an Illinois construction worker
$64 million in a personal injury lawsuit stemming
from a workplace fall injury. The worker was left mo
stly paralyzed from the chest down after a 15-foot
fall from a steel beam onto a concrete foundation below.
Even if your organization hasn’t experienced
a fall recently, having no fall incidents doesn't
necessarily mean you have an effective fall protecti
A PowerPoint presentation covering tunneling safety, the hazards when doing tunneling work and applicable standards.
What is the difference between OSHA 10 Construction and the OSHA 30 Construction?
Steel erection presents many risks to both employers and employees. It requires comprehending and identifying new terminology and language. Erecting procedures require a qualified competent person to be on the scene to confirm that each step is completed thoroughly before a new task begins. OSHA subpart R provides excellent guidance for implementing steel erection procedures and processes. It is a vertical standard that applies to construction and a concept to be understood before any work begins.
The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.
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