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Any business with a sense of responsibility will have environment, health and safety practices. It will ensure that its activities have a minimum impact on our surroundings, that the workers have a safe working environment and that in case of injuries and illnesses, it has an appropriate response mechanism.

However, without standards and guidelines, knowing what the best practices are can make even the best of intentions insufficient to meet the EHS needs of the business. Regulators such as OSHA and ISO provide the necessary guidelines to enable businesses to benchmark themselves against and implement best practices for the health and safety of their employees and the environments they operate in.


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What are the OSHA safety standards?

To assure safe and healthful conditions for working men and women, OSHA established standards and provides training, outreach, education, and compliance assistance. The OSHA law makes employers responsible for the safety and health of the workers by creating a safe workplace. According to the OSHA standards, employers have the responsibility to provide a workplace that does not pose serious hazards. They also must comply with all OSHA safety and health standards.

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What is the ISO standard for health and safety?

ISO 45001 is a new workplace safety standard that replaced OHSAS 18001 at the end of 2017. ISO 45001 is the world’s international standard for occupational health and safety, issued to protect employees and visitors from work-related accidents and diseases. ISO 45001 certification was developed to mitigate any factors that can cause employees and businesses irreparable harm. To comply with international needs and requirements, more than 50 countries and organizations have been involved in the creation of ISO 45001. The aim is to provide a tool that can be used by any organization, in any industry, anywhere in the world.

The new international standard is designed to allow organizations to tailor occupational health and safety management systems to their workplace more effectively. The requirements for ISO 45001 are process-oriented rather than focusing on the adoption of a specific procedure is adopted. This will allow organizations to develop an occupational health and safety management program that addresses the specific risks of their workplace.

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How can OSHA help in construction safety?

OSHA’s Construction, General Industry, Maritime, and Agriculture standards protect workers from a wide range of serious hazards. Employers must also comply with the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act. This clause requires employers to keep their workplaces free of serious recognized hazards and is generally cited when no specific OSHA standard applies to the hazard. Examples of OSHA standards include requirements for employers to:

  • Improve fall protection
  • Control exposure to some infectious diseases
  • Provide respirators or other safety equipment
  • Enhance the safety of workers who enter confined spaces
  • Prevent trenching cave-ins
  • Restrict exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Put guards on dangerous machines, and
  • Offer training for certain dangerous jobs in a language and vocabulary workers can understand
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What are the most violated OSHA standards?

The list is constantly updated by OSHA based on the previous year’s inspection. The following list covers the most violated OSHA standards noted until September 2019.

  • Fall protection, construction

  • Hazard communication standard, general industry

  • Scaffolding, general requirements, construction

  • Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tag out), general industry

  • Respiratory protection, general industry

  • Ladders, construction

  • Powered industrial trucks, general industry

  • Fall-protection–training requirements

  • Machinery and machine guarding, general requirements

  • Eye and face protection

  • Fall protection, construction

  • Hazard communication standard, general industry

  • Scaffolding, general requirements, construction

  • Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tag out), general industry

  • Respiratory protection, general industry

  • Ladders, construction

  • Powered industrial trucks, general industry

  • Fall-protection–training requirements

  • Machinery and machine guarding, general requirements

  • Eye and face protection

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What are the OSHA regulations?

OSHA standards are rules that describe the methods employers are legally required to follow to protect their workers from hazards. Before OSHA can issue a standard, it must go through a very extensive and lengthy process that includes substantial public engagement, notice and comment. The agency must show that a significant risk to workers exists and that there are feasible measures employers can take to protect their workers.

  • As part of the OSHA regulations, employers must:
    • Follow all relevant OSHA safety and health standards
    • Find and correct safety and health hazards
    • Inform employees about chemical hazards through training, labels, alarms, color-coded systems, chemical information sheets, and other methods
    • Notify OSHA within 8 hours of a workplace fatality or within 24 hours of any work-related inpatient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye
    • Provide required personal protective equipment at no cost to workers
    • Keep accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses
    • Post OSHA citations, injury and illness summary data, and the OSHA Job Safety and Health – It’s The Law poster in the workplace where workers will see them
    • Not retaliate against any worker for using their rights under the law

The role of employees is also well defined under the OSH Act. According to the Act, employees have the right to:

  • Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.

  • Receive information and training (in a language workers can understand) about chemical and other hazards, methods to prevent harm, and OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.

  • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.

  • Get copies of test results done to find and measure hazards in the workplace.

  • File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA rules. When requested, OSHA will keep all identities confidential.

  • Use their rights under the law without retaliation. If an employee is fired, demoted, transferred, or retaliated against in any way for using their rights under the law, they can file a complaint with OSHA. This complaint must be filed within 30 days of the alleged retaliation.

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What are the new changes in OSHA regulations (2019)?

Revised crane operator certification requirements:

The requirements include a combination of formal and practical instructions to help operators develop skills and knowledge related to crane operations, the ability to recognize and avoid risks, and ongoing monitoring of the operators-in-training to ensure equipment expertise. Employers must also ensure crane operators are qualified by requiring them to demonstrate the necessary skills.

Higher penalties for safety violations:

According to the revised regulations, the new penalties are as follows:

Serious, other-than-serious, and posting requirements:

  • 2018 — $12,934 per violation
  • 2019 — $13,260 per violation

Failure to abate:

  • 2018 — $12,934 per day beyond abatement day
  • 22019 — $13,260 per day beyond abatement day

Willful or repeated violations:

  • 2018 — $129,336 per violation
  • 2019 — $132,598 per violation
Updated reporting requirements:

The revised reporting requirement states that companies with 250 or more employees are no longer required to electronically submit injury and illness data from forms 300 and 301 (Log of Work-Related Injury and Illnesses and Injury and Illness Incident Report, respectively). Instead, they would be required to submit data from Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).

Revised beryllium standards:

OSHA has also revised standards for reporting exposure to beryllium for construction, shipyards and general industry to make it simpler and improve compliance.

OSHA standards are rules that describe how organizations should audit themselves and implement health and safety best practices to reduce the impact on worker health and safety

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