Safe + Sound Campaign: Show Your Workers Some Love by Committing to Safety and Health

Workers are the heart of every business. Show you care that they go home safe and sound every day by making a commitment to safety and health in your workplace. You can get started by:

Scheduling a safety walk-around. OSHA’s new fact sheet, Safety Walk-Arounds for Managers ( https://www.osha.gov/shpcampaign/docs/SHP_Safety-Walk-Arounds-for-Managers.pdf ), provides suggestions for conducting inspections that can help you evaluate the effectiveness of your current safety and health efforts, and communicate directly with workers about job hazards.

Attending the Safe + Sound Campaign’s first live, free webinar, Foundations for Safety Leadership, hosted by CPWR: The Center for Construction Research and Training on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. EST [register now]. This webinar can support your efforts to become an effective safety leader and create a strong culture of safety.

(Shared from OSHA February 2nd QuickTakes)

Employers Must Post 300A Injury/Illness Summary Until April 30th

“OSHA reminds employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA’s Form 300A ( https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/RKforms.html ), which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2017. Each year, between February 1 and April 30, the summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA recordkeeping and posting requirements. Visit OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule webpage ( https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/records.html )for more information on recordkeeping requirements.”

Employers Must Post Injury/Illness Summary Beginning February 1

“OSHA reminds employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA’s Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2017. Each year, between Feb. 1 and April 30, the summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA recordkeeping and posting requirements. Visit OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule webpage for more information on recordkeeping requirements.”

OSHA Adjusts Penalty Amounts for 2018

“On Jan. 2, civil penalty amounts for violations of workplace safety and health standards increased by two percent from last year. In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, the Department of Labor is required to adjust penalties for inflation each year. New penalties for willful and repeat violations are $129,336 per violation; serious, other-than-serious, and posting requirements are $12,934 per violation; and failure to correct violations is $12,934 for each day the condition continues.”

Shared from OSHA January 17 QuickTakes; more information can be found here: https://www.osha.gov/penalties/

Start the New Year Off Safely with These Resources (Helpful resources shared from OSHA’s recent email)

“The new year is a good time to resolve to keep your workplace safe and sound by establishing and maintaining an effective safety and health program. The Safe + Sound Campaign can help your business take a step in the right direction no matter where you are on the road to developing a program. During the year, the Safe + Sound Campaign will support your efforts through periodic safety and health program messaging and communications; free webinars; resources from campaign organizers; and local events to support safety and health program development.

Get started today with these OSHA resources:

10 Easy Things to Get Your Program Started, a list of steps to consider as you begin developing a new safety and health program or energize an existing one. ( https://www.osha.gov/shpcampaign/ten-easy-things.html )

That Was No Accident! Using Your OSHA 300 Log to Improve Safety and Health — The document shows how managers can review past safety and health records to find and fix workplace hazards before they become injuries or illnesses. Download this one-pager to see how looking back at past incidents can move your safety and health program forward in the future. ( https://www.osha.gov/shpcampaign/docs/SHP_That-Was-No-Accident.pdf )

For more information and additional resources to help you establish or improve your safety and health program, visit the Safe + Sound Campaign website ( https://www.osha.gov/shpcampaign/  ). “

Upcoming Webinar

“The OSHA Recordkeeping Webinar is taking place next week! OSHA recordkeeping rules are often difficult to understand and employers can get penalized if they don’t interpret them correctly. This presentation reviews OSHA recordkeeping regulations and then will focus on the interpretation letters that the agency has issued in the recent past.”

Webinar Details

Date: Wednesday, January 17

Time: 10:30 AM Eastern Time

Presenter: Valerie Struve, OSHA

Price: $65 Member/ $85 Nonmember

*Registration will be open until 9:30 AM on January 17.

OSHA 1904 Injury and Illness Recordkeeping

OSHA 1904 Injury and Illness Recordkeeping

OSHA 1904 injury and illness recordkeeping for 2017 is  to be posted between February and April 2018.

Here are resources/paperwork for public sector employers:

https://labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/wp/sh900.pdf

https://labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/wp/sh900.1.pdf

https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/PDFs/PESH/sh900_2.pdf

Here is the paperwork for private sector employers: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/new-osha300form1-1-04-FormsOnly.pdf

(This information and links are shared from Needham Risk Management. There is also useful information on OSHA’s website: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/ .)

Winter Is Here: Be Prepared to Protect Workers from Weather-Related Hazards

“As outdoor temperatures drop and winter storms approach, employers should take measures to keep their employees safe. OSHA’s Winter Weather webpage ( https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/winter_weather/index.html ) provides information on protecting employees from hazards while working outside during severe cold ( https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/guides/cold.html ) and snow storms. This guidance includes information on staying safe while clearing heavy snow from walkways and rooftops ( https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/winter_storm/snow_hazard_alert.html ) .”

New and Revised Fact Sheets on Silica Now Available

“OSHA has released more than a dozen fact sheets ( https://www.osha.gov/pls/publications/publication.searchresults?pSearch=Controlling+Silica+Dust+in+Construction+&pSearch= ) that provide guidance on the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction ( https://www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/silicacrystalline/construction.html ). One fact sheet is an overview of the silica standard ( https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=1270 ). The other fact sheets provide employers with information on how to fully and properly implement controls, work practices, and if needed, respiratory protection for each of the 18 tasks listed in Table 1 — Specified Exposure Control Methods under the standard.”