I wish to thank all of you who attended the Safety Track at the 2017 Tristate Conference in Las Vegas. It is through your valuable feedback that we continue to provide timely and meaningful safety seminar topics. Please respond to the conference's emails to rate the safety talks you have attended when you are sent the link. Each year we strive to provide unique and interesting subject matter topics and your viewpoint is necessary to improve our program for 2018. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.
The following two presentations and document links are available to help supervisors, foreman and safety personnel develop and enhance their knowledge. As promised I have included links to important guidance documents from OSHA and other resources that you may find useful in the implementation of your safety program.
A copy of my two presentations: OSHA Inspections Your Rights and Responsibilities and Hazardous Materials Labeling and Handling may be accessed below. Please provide your name, email and phone number to obtain the documents.
To protect your company you should have a Safety Policy that outlines the expectations of your employees during and after an OSHA inspection. The company’s Safety and Health Plan will include your company’s policies to follow during an inspection the management’s requirements for an on-site safety inspection by OSHA. Educate your workers and their supervisors as to their rights and responsibilities to reduce your liabilities. The following guidance documents are available to everyone and should be reviewed and kept in a file for further reference. Also every safety officer should have two go to bags: One for Inspections and One for Incidents and responding to injuries and fatalities. Call us for more information on these subjects.
Employee Rights during an inspection to include in your Safety Policy
Note: this is an example and should be revised to fit your company’s activities and viewpoints.
One of the leading causes of employee injuries or industrial fires is the improper storage and handling of hazardous materials and failure of the company to adequately train employees on the dangerous aspects of the chemicals that they handle and use everyday. It is important to identify and inventory all chemicals in your workplace and to educate your workers on the hazards posed to employees. OSHA 1910.106 and NFPA Code 30 applies to the storage of flammable or combustible chemicals. You should know the characteristics of the flammable chemical and the maximum quantities allowed to be stored outside a flammable cabinet, inside the cabinet and total allowed quantities within your building.
The following documents are useful in educating your workers on hazardous materials handling, labeling and management. For more information, request guidance from the manufacturer of the chemicals you use at your facility.