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Safeguard the potential of the Contingent Workers

We all are aware of the fact that today workers or employees are not safe at their working premises, as they confront a wide range of emerging health and safety issues that requires to be noticed. OSHA has introduced its future direction towards the health and safety of contingent workers. The health section comprise of threats from operating respiratory illness, combined exposure to latest mixture of harmful chemicals, and exposures to radical fine particulates, as well as amphibious and unreal vitreous fibers. Within the safety space, rising problems embody, fall hazards from wireless communications and high-definition television tower construction, noise in construction, and difficulties in reaching the increasing population of mobile employees.


OSHA provided safety and health support for 1st response, salvage and recovery operations, and hygiene operations in hazard analysis, monitoring, and refinement. Extra activities are already current to boost OSHA’s readiness. This space would require continued attention throughout the look amount. OSHA tenders a good choice of training compliance courses and academic programs to assist broaden employee and leader information on the popularity, avoidance, and interference of safety and health hazards at their workplace. OSHA, in addition to this also tenders training and academic materials that facilitate businesses train their employees and suit the activity Safety and Health Act.
OSHA plays a vital role in supporting contingent workers by polishing off programs designed to save lots of lives, stop injuries and diseases, and shield the health of America’s employees.

These 7 Strategies comprise of:

  • Emerging leadership qualities and standards for work safety and health,
  • Supervising employment premises and coping with employers and staff,
  • Offering guidance to small businesses,
  • Providing training compliance help, outreach, academics, and different cooperative programs for employers and staff,
  • Providing matching grants to help states in administering consultation comes and approved activity safety and health social control programs, and
  • Developing friendly relationships with different agencies and organizations in order to cope with vital safety and health problems.
  • Exercising sturdy, efficient, and honest social control

OSHA additionally supports contingent workers by making certain that its rules effectively address policy problems which they are doing not produce inessential restrictive burden.

OSHA Strategic Management set up, focuses on serious hazards and dangerous workplaces and includes ways that emphasize:

Increasing partnerships and charitable programs

  • Providing and extending academics and training compliance help.


OSHA’s mission is to delve and make sure work safety and health safety for contingent workers.

OSHA, along side its valued state partners, achieves its mission through varied means that, as well as work social control of applicable laws and rules, inspections, consultation services compliance help, outreach, education, cooperative programs, and supplying of standards and steerage. So as to extend its effectiveness, bureau collaborates with a spread of organizations fascinated by activity safety and health.

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10 Things Chemical Plant Operators Need to Know About OSHA’s New Chem NEP

On Nov. 30, OSHA announced the launch of its PSM National Emphasis Program for chemical facilities (Chem NEP). The new Chem NEP expands nationwide a previous 2009 Pilot Chemical Facilities Process Safety Management NEP, which had covered only a few OSHA regions, and established policies and procedures for inspecting workplaces covered by the PSM Standard.

The inspection process under the new Chem NEP includes detailed questions designed to gather facts related to PSM requirements and verification that employers’ written PSM programs are adequately implemented in the field. The intent of the NEP is to conduct focused inspections at facilities randomly selected from a list of worksites likely to have covered processes. The director of OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, announced at the launch of this new NEP that during “the pilot Chemical NEP, [OSHA Compliance] found many of the same safety-related problems that were uncovered during our NEP for the refinery industry … As a result, [OSHA is] expanding the enforcement program to a national level to increase awareness of these dangers so that employers will more effectively prevent the release of highly hazardous chemicals.”
Below are the 10 most important things chemical plant operators need to know about the new nationwide Chem NEP:


1. It is effective immediately and has no expiration.
Programmed inspections will begin immediately in all regions. Unlike the Refinery PSM NEP and the Pilot Chem NEP, this directive does not include an expiration date.


2. It expands the Chem NEP nationwide.
Whereas the pilot NEP involved only a few select regions under federal OSHA’s jurisdiction, the new nationwide Chem NEP applies to all OSHA regions. And unlike the pilot chem and refinery NEPs, states are required to participate in this emphasis program. If the approved state OSHA plan already has some version of a Chem NEP or wants to implement its own version (within 60 days), the state plan must demonstrate to federal OSHA that its program is at least as effective. Otherwise, the states must adopt this directive.

3. Targets for Chem NEP inspections include:
The types of workplaces inspected under the new Chem NEP are similar to the pilot. OSHA will assemble a master list for each region based on employers who: (1) submitted Program 3 Risk Management Plans to EPA; (2) have a NAICS code for Explosives Manufacturing; (3) appear in OSHA’s enforcement database as having been cited in the past for PSM-related issues; and (4) are known to the area office as operating a PSM-covered process. Any workplaces selected for inspection under OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting Plan, which also happen to operate a PSM-covered process, will be inspected under the Chem NEP directive. Likewise, inspections arising from an employee complaint, referral or incident involving a PSM issue also will be conducted under the Chem NEP directive. Complaints, referrals and incidents unrelated to PSM may still result in an inspection under this directive at the area director’s discretion.


VPP- or SHARP-approved facilities are partially exempt. (They are exempt from programmed inspections, but may be subject to inspection under the Chem NEP upon an employee complaint, incident or referral related to PSM.)

4. The selection of unit(s) includes:
OSHA will attempt to identify “the most hazardous process” as the selected unit(s) for inspection under the Chem NEP. The selection of the unit(s) will be based on the following:
· Quantity of chemicals in the process;
· Age of the process unit;
· Number of workers and/or contractors present;
· Incident and near-miss reports and other history;
· Input from the union or operators;
· Ongoing maintenance activities; and
· 119(o) Compliance Audit findings.

5. Inspection scheduling expectations include:
Every OSHA area office across the country is expected to complete 3-5 programmed Chem NEP inspections per year. The sites selected for inspections will consist of approximately 25 percent workplaces that use ammonia refrigeration and 75 percent all other workplaces with a PSM coverage process.

6. It emphasizes implementation over documentation.
Like the pilot NEP, compliance officers will be focused on implementation of PSM elements in the field rather than relying solely on the quality of the written PSM program.


7. It features dynamic list questions.
Like the pilot NEP, the dynamic list-based evaluation under the Chem NEP is a mandatory gap analysis formatted in a series of questions to facilitate evaluation of compliance with various elements of the PSM standard. The list of questions rotates periodically and will not be publicly disclosed. The questions are accompanied by guidance for CSHOs as to what documents to request, interview topics and questions to cover, and potential citations to issue. Each dynamic list includes 10-15 primary and 5 secondary questions. Questions are designed to elicit a “Yes,” “No” or “N/A” determination of PSM compliance, and any “No” will normally result in a citation.

8. The following documents and presentations will be requested:
During a Chem NEP inspection, employers will be asked to produce the following documents:
· List of PSM-covered processes;
· List of units and maximum intended inventories;
· Three years of OSHA 300 logs for employer and contractors, and contract employee injury logs;
· Summary description of PSM program;
· PFDs, P&IDs, Plot Plans and electrical classification drawings for the selected unit(s);
· Description of process and safety systems, safe upper and lower operating limits and design codes and standards for the selected unit(s);
· The initial PHA and the most recent Redo or Revalidation for the selected unit(s) (including PHA reports and worksheets, recommendations and action items and schedule for addressing and completing recommendations and action items); and
· PSM incident reports for the selected unit(s).


Before a walkaround inspection, OSHA will request the following presentations:
· Overview of the company’s PSM Program and how it is implemented;
· Identify personnel responsible for implementing each PSM element;
· Description of records used to verify compliance; and
· Process description for the selected unit(s).


9. A single issue will yield multiple citation items.
As we reported about the refinery NEP, OSHA was turning a single issue into multiple violations. The agency has memorialized this practice in the Chem NEP directive. The directive advises CSHOs that a single valve change, for example, could implement 11 different PSM elements, and each should be considered for individual citation items.


10. Abatement verification and documentation is now mandatory.
Under the pilot NEP, some citations required employers to simply certify that abatement had been completed. Under the new Chem NEP, however, abatement verification and documentation is now mandatory. The NEP also directs CSHOs to review past PSM-related citations issued to the same employer going back 6 years, and identify potential failures to abate and possibly repeat and willful violations.

Doctor’s office settles with OSHA

A local doctor’s office has agreed to pay a $10,500 fine as part of a settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The Kirkland Family Practice also agreed to correct violations involving exposure of employees to needles and other sharp devices, infection control and employee training, according to a settlement signed Aug. 18 by Dr. Clem Kirkland.

In July, OSHA cited the office, 5928 Springboro Pike, with eight violations calling for a potential $32,000 fine.

In the settlement, OSHA withdrew citations involving steps taken after an employee suffered a needle-stick in June 2011 and annual employee training. OSHA reclassified and reduced the fines for other violations.

In addition to the fines, Kirkland agreed to rewrite its exposure control plan, including “annual consideration and implementation of safer needle devices” and “identification of the appropriate disinfectant to be used in decontaminating contaminated work surfaces.”

Kirkland also agreed to hire inspectors for annual job safety and health inspections for the next two years and to report “how each item was abated or corrected” to OSHA.

Kirkland did not return calls.

Repeat, Fall Hazards Add Up to $125,818 Fine for Aluminum Finishing Firm

OSHAhas issued Aluminum Finishing LLC in Adel, Ga., 18 safety citations for a variety of hazards, including a lack of fall protection and dangers from the corroded components of the facility’s structural integrity. Proposed penalties total $125,818. OSHA opened an inspection in October 2010 as a follow-up to an April 2010 inspection and a complaint alleging the hazards.

Aluminum Finishing, which anodizes aluminum products, was issued one willful citation with a penalty of $53,900 for exposing employees to fall hazards while walking on top of a steel beam without proper fall protection.

The company was issued six repeat citations with $43,120 in penalties for failing to have employees use fall protection while working above dip tanks, ensure emergency lighting is operational, guard live electrical equipment, cover open troughs to prevent tripping, and provide sanitary conditions for workers. The company was cited for similar violations in October 2008 and April 2010.

Eight serious citations with $28,798 in penalties were issued for allowing employees to work near a dip tank without the proper eye or face protection; exposing workers to shock, electrocution and burn injuries; not properly adjusting the work rest on the floor grinder; and having an emergency eye wash unit with inadequate water pressure. The inspection also revealed that workers were exposed to struck-by hazards from corroded ceiling objects, including sprinkler system pipes, metal wall sheathing, and light fixtures.

The company received three other-than-serious citations with no proposed penalties for failing to establish or implement a written respiratory protection program, anchor the floor grinder to the floor, and mount a portable fire extinguisher.

“This company has disregarded the safety of its employees and repeatedly allowed them to be exposed to struck-by hazards from structural failure, electrocution hazards and falls,” said Robert Vazzi, OSHA’s area director in Savannah. “Immediate action needs to be taken to protect employees from these workplace hazards.”

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OSHA compliance- Protects Workers from Mesothelioma

Asbestosis or Mesothelioma is a highly dangerous disease that causes cancerous growth in the lungs of the victims who are exposed to asbestos dust. Asbestos has some good properties, like hardness and heat resistance, which makes it very useful for automotive, insulation and construction industry. But at same time it is highly hazardous to human life because of its’ fine fibrous strands, which can easily find their way into the human body, through nose and mouth. The fine dust settles into the lung cavity and slowly gives rise to lung cancer, known as mesothelioma that has very high morality rates.

Exposure Classification

To fight this growing malaise, the Department of Labor enforces strict OSHA compliance norms, which regulate the workers who work in industries that use asbestos. OSHA classifies the exposure levels in four broad categories, depending upon the degree of exposure and they are:

  • Class I- This is the most hazardous class of asbestos exposure and is meant for workers who work on removing insulation and asbestos that is sprayed on the surface.
  • Class II- This is meant for workers who remove asbestos floor tiles and ceilings.
  • Class III- Regulates repair and maintenance crew, who work with asbestos related products.
  • Class IV- Regulates workers who clear asbestos waste and debris.

Safety Regulations:

OSHA has framed safety regulations to protect the workers from asbestos exposure. The aim is to reduce or eliminate the health hazards that asbestos inhalation poses to human life. Some important rules that need to be followed o achieve the OSHA compliance in asbestos protection, are mentioned below:

  • The permissible asbestos exposure limit should not be more that 0.1 air-borne asbestos fiber per cubic centimeter, in an 8- hour shift.
  • Protective clothing and mask should be provided to workers to protect them from lethal effects of asbestos exposure. OSHA approved High Efficiency Particulate AIR (HEPA) filter should be used because it can trap 99.97 percent of particles of 0.3 micrometer diameter particle.
  • Vacuum should be used to clean up the asbestos dust and use of compressed air is prohibited.
  • A licensed contractor should be hired to clean up the asbestos contaminated areas because this will reduce risk of contamination, considerably.
  • The employer should educate the workers on the risks of exposure and train them on how to work in a safe and secure manner.
  • Contaminated areas should be clearly marked with warning signs so that workers are aware of the danger zones in the facility.
  • Special decontamination areas in the facility should be set up so that workers can safely remove the contaminated clothing and safety gears without inhaling the dust.
  • The contaminated belongings of the workers should be safely disposed off in a safe container, marked with asbestos hazard warning.
  • Thorough medical examination of the workers is necessary and all the records should be kept by the employer for thirty years as Mesothelioma take many years to show its symptoms in the victims.

The objective of the OSHA is to create awareness about asbestosis and train workers, and employers to adopt safety standards that minimize or eliminate exposure to this disease. Proper OSHA compliance ensures protection from exposure to the carcinogenic asbestos fiber.

OSHA strives to reduce or eliminate asbestos exposure by framing and enforcing various safety regulations

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OSHA Compliance- Ensuring Highest Safety Standards at Workplace

Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHA) works under the jurisdiction of the Department of Labor and oversees the safety of workers in their workplace. The prime objective of OSHA compliance is to enforce the rules framed by the Department of Labor for the work sites to provide a safe working environment for the workers. This helps to prevent accidents and considerably reduces loss of precious human lives.

All the employees and their employers under Federal Government   are covered by OSHA regulations and it necessary for them to follow the rules or they risk inviting penalties. The employers and workers are provided intensive safety training from the organization and once it is done they are expected to follow the program judiciously

 There are few important steps that need to be taken by the employer to achieve the right OSHA compliance.

  • The all-in-one poster should be clearly displayed in the premises of the facility so that the workers can easily view  it without any hindrance
  • The poster should be posted on separate floors so that all the workers in different part of the facility have the opportunity to access the information easily.
  • The employers should ensure that the employees read the information poster by replacing multi poster with all-in-one poster, even in places where employees visit once time a day.
  •  It is mandatory for the employer to provide all the information related to workplace, employment, rights and safety issues to all the employees. In no circumstances the employer can withhold any information that employees seek and which falls under the OSHA policy of “Right to know”.
  • It is necessary for all the employers to post the minimum wage laws framed by the state and Federal government, even if none of the employees are paid the minimum wage.
  • The employees should be protected from harassment and the employer is liable for any wrongdoing that the management does knowingly or unknowingly.
  • The blood borne pathogen program should be followed in addition to the State and Federal health programs to achieve OSHA compliance from the health perspective of the employees.

 It is necessary to follow the OSHA regulations to avoid heavy penalties that come with non compliance. It benefits the organizations by providing better and safer working environment. The result is increase in productivity and more profitability for the facility in long run.

OSHA enforces safety regulations to create a safe working environment to protect human lives from hazards.

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