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Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs Update

OSHA has recently updated the Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs (Guidelines) it first released 30 years ago, to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues.

The new Recommended Practices have been well received by a wide variety of stakeholders and are designed to be used in a wide variety of small and medium-sized business settings. The Recommended Practices present a step-by-step approach to implementing a safety and health program, built around seven core elements that make up a successful program.  You can download these Guidelines by going to Safety and Health Programs.

The main goal of safety and health programs is to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths, as well as the suffering and financial hardship these events can cause for workers, their families, and employers. The recommended practices use a proactive approach to managing workplace safety and health. Traditional approaches are often reactive –that is, problems are addressed only after a worker is injured or becomes sick, a new standard or regulation is published, or an outside inspection finds a problem that must be fixed. These recommended practices recognize that finding and fixing hazards before they cause injury or illness is a far more effective approach.

Learn more about OSHA’s Safety and Health Programs at https://ww.osha.gov/shpguidelines/index.html.

Preliminary Results - Most Frequent OSHA Citations

Last week OSHA released preliminary results for its most frequent violations at the 2016 National Safety Congress in Anaheim, California.  Patrick Kapust, deputy director at OSHA'S Directorate of Enforcement programs, said the results are similar year-over-year, but a particular citation may move up or down the list.

The list is comprised of all violations taken into account through Sept. 30. A definitive list will be available closer to year-end 2016.

Top 10 Most Frequent OSHA Citations for General (1910) and Construction (1926) Industries.

#

Topic

OSHA Std.

# of Citations

1

Fall Protection

1926.501

6,929

2

Hazard Communication

1910.1200

5,677

3

Scaffolds

1926.451

3,906

4

Respiratory Protection

1910.134

3,585

5

Lockout/Tagout

1910.147

3,414

6

Powered Industrial Trucks

1910.178

2,860

7

Ladders

1926.1053

2,639

8

Machine Guarding

1910.212

2,451

9

Electrical Wiring

1910.305

1,940

10

Electrical, General Requirements

1910.303

1,704

 

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