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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
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 is a historic document titled "Occupational Safety and Health Laws in the United States, Mexico, and Canada". This document would be of value to those SH&E Professionals with goblal responsibilities including Mexico and Canada. The document gives and overview and summary of each country and then does provide some comparisons.
OSHA Lockout/Tagout Standard exempts traditional lockout methods if access to hazardous energy sources or moving machine parts are routine, repetitive and integral to the use of the equipment for production, provided that the work is performed using alternative measures which provide effective protection (such as interlocked guards). Outlined are risk assessment methods in ANSI Z244.1 to evaluate whether alternative methods will provide proper protection to the worker.
This Safety 2013 conference presentation provides an update on the ASSE Government Affairs Committee.
A contractor process safety procedure is provided in this resource related to CalOSHA regulations.
On March 26, 2012, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) modified its Hazard
Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the United Nations’ (UN) Globally Harmonized System
of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The revisions will improve consistency and quality
of information that is provided to both employers and employees concerning chemical hazards and protective measures related to chemical hazards.
The summary of General Industry safety and health standards contained in this booklet are to aid employers, supervisors, workers, health and safety committee members, and safety and
health personnel in their efforts toward achieving compliance with OSHA standards in the workplace.
Patrick Kapust serves as deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, and leads a staff supporting OSHA's mission of standards enforcement. He started with the agency in 1991 as a compliance safety and health officer. In October, Kapust spoke with Safety+Health Senior Associate Editor Kyle W. Morrison about recent changes OSHA has undertaken regarding its enforcement efforts.
OSHA’s most cited violations for FY 2012 and other enforcement initiatives covers the period of Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012 in this article.
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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