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OSHA's Top 10 Most Cited Safety Violations for 2013

Jim Buik - Friday, March 07, 2014

Workplace safety is one of our most highly regarded practices here at the Roscoe Company. We value our employees and customers and take every precaution to ensure the well-being of our partners. It is interesting to note the most commonly issued safety violations published every year by the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). They recently published a preliminary list for the most cited violations in 2013.

  1. Fall Protection (General Requirements) – It has been the number one most cited violation the past three years, and the standard is designed to protect employees on walking/working surfaces with an unprotected side or edge higher than 6 feet by providing the appropriate systems for given situations, proper construction, installation and supervision of employees. Consider investing in a mat system to not only minimize the amount of dirt, soil and water tracked in from the outside, but also reduce floor level injuries with skid and slip resistant mats. Read more about the Chicago mat company's advice on mat placement to provide the utmost protection and prevent violating this OSHA standard.
  2. Hazard Communication – Addresses chemical hazards produced and imported in the workplace and the communication of those hazards to workers. Suppliers are required to provide Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) – now called Safety Data Sheet (SDS) – for each chemical. Read more about OSHA's recent revision to the Hazard Communication Standard, outlined here by this uniform company. Alert your employees with a customized Safety Message Mat from Roscoe to include a logo, picture, and/or message in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.
  3. Scaffolding – Covers general safety for scaffolding, which should be designed by a qualified person and constructed and loaded in accordance with that design.
  4. Respiratory Protection – Directs employers on how to establish or maintain a respiratory protection programs including: worksite-specific procedures, respirator selection, employee training, fit testing, medical evaluation, use, cleaning, maintenance and repair.
  5. Electrical (Wiring Methods) – The standard covers the grounding of electrical, equipment, wiring and insulation. To provide an additional and mandatory level of protection, OSHA requires (NFPA 70E) that all personnel who install, operate or are in charge of the maintenance of electric supply, communication lines and associated equipment be outfitted in garments that are flame-resistant. The uniform rental company offers flame-resistant shirts, pants, and coveralls and can protect against flames, flash fire and electric arcs.
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks – Covers the design, maintenance and operation of powered industrial trucks, including forklifts and motorized hand trucks, as well as operator training requirements. With equipment operation, employees should be visible to those around him/her, therefore, contact Roscoe to find out about our high and enhanced visibility garments that are in accordance with ANSI standards and meet all state and federal requirements. The uniform rental company can outfit your personnel in shirts, safety vests, pants and outerwear.
  7. Ladders – Covers general requirements for ladders some of which include: maintain free of oil, grease and other slipping hazards, use only on stable and level surfaces, and use for designed purpose. Roscoe also offers wipers and shop towels that are the environmentally sound choice and far more absorbent than disposable rags. Use it to clean the area and ladder.
  8. Lockout/Tagout – Outlines minimum performance requirements for the control of hazardous energy during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment.
  9. Electrical (General Requirements) – Covers general safety requirements for designing electrical systems.
  10. Machine Guarding – Covers guarding of machinery to protect operators and other employees from hazards, including those created by point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks.

Be sure to check out OSHA's list so your company can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards. Together with the Chicago uniform company, we can reduce the amount of preventable injuries and illnesses that occur in the workplace. Take Pride!

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