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December 27, 2017

Top 10 Workplace Safety Articles of 2017

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These 10 occupational health and safety articles from our Connection newsletters generated a lot of interest in 2017. We do our best to keep you up-to-date on new rules, tools and tips that can help keep your workplace safe and in compliance. All these posts are worth a second look as you plan for a safe workplace in 2018.

1. Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2017

Once again, Fall Protection tops OSHA's preliminary list of most-often-cited safety violations in 2017, followed by Hazard Communication and Scaffolding. The Top 10 list has been quite consistent in recent years, but Fall Protection Training slid into the #9 spot this year, bumping Electrical, General Requirements off the list.
See the Top 10 List here.

2. What to Include in Your Annual Safety Inspection Checklist

OSHA increased its maximum fines for employer safety violations last year for the first time in 25 years. The cap for serious, other-than-serious, and posting requirement as well as "failure-to-abate" violations rose from $7,000 to $12,471 per violation. Even more reason to maintain workplace safety standards. Here's a review of some key areas you should be sure to include in your annual safety inspection checklist.
Read more.

3. New State/Federal Labor Law Posters for 2018

ComplianceSigns has up-to-date posters available to meet your needs for 2018. While a number of states have had minor updates in recent months, the most common change is a minimum wage increase. States with wage changes taking effect on January 1, 2018 are: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island. Our labor law posters include mandatory state and federal notices and are reviewed by an attorney so you can buy with confidence. Choose from two design options, both with durable laminate coating.
See the poster for your state here.

4. Don't Miss Feb. 1 Deadline for Posting Your OSHA 300A Summary

February 1 is the deadline for posting the OSHA 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses.
See posting details here.

5. What Are OSHA Fall Protection Training Requirements?

Fall Protection - Training Requirements violations were cited 1,523 times by federal OSHA inspectors this year. But what exactly are the training requirements that employers are failing to meet? Here's an overview of Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, Fall Protection - Training Requirements (1926.503).
Read more here.

6. OSHA Electronic Injury Reporting Set to Go Live August 1

Federal OSHA says it will launch its long-delayed electronic Injury Tracking Application (ITA) on August 1. The web-based reporting form will allow employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. We'll see what happens...
Read more.

7. New OSHA Guide Helps Small Businesses with Silica Rule

OSHA has released a Small Entity Compliance Guide for General Industry and Maritime to help small business employers comply with the agency's Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica. The guide describes the steps that employers are required to take to protect employees in general industry and maritime from the hazards associated with silica exposure. Enforcement of the final rule is scheduled to begin in June 2018. Employers in the construction industry should refer to a similar guide for Construction.
Read more here.

8. NIOSH Releases Free Sound Level App

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a free new mobile app for iOS (Apple) devices that measures sound levels in the workplace and provides noise exposure parameters to help reduce occupational noise-induced hearing loss. The goal is to help workers learn about their noise exposure and reduce the chances of hearing loss.
Read more here.

9. Would OSHA Consider You a Competent Person?

OSHA requires that safety oversight be handled by a "competent person." But what exactly does that mean? What makes an individual "competent" in OSHA's eyes? Although there are currently no specific OSHA standards regarding competent persons, a new article by the safety experts at Safety Management Group in Indianapolis helps answer that question.
Read more here.

10. Free Preparedness Month Resources Help Protect Your Business from Disaster

September is National Preparedness Month 2017 - a time to take steps to prepare for emergencies including tornados, fires, floods or civil emergencies. Up to 40 percent of businesses affected by a disaster never re-open. Your organization is more likely to survive if you plan carefully. A variety of free resources are available for business owners, including posters, planning worksheets and more.
Read more here.

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