Tag Archives: osha

Preparing for Workplace Inspections

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. Just as preparation is a key element in performing a job safely, it is also the key to performing well on workplace inspections.   Workplace Inspections: Ensuring Safety for All Employers should always strive to provide a safe workplace for their employees. As the federal agency responsible for enforcing occupational […]

Cal/OSHA vs. Federal OSHA

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. Cal/OSHA maintains a state health & safety plan that differs in some elements from the federal OSHA plan.   Cal/OSHA vs. Federal OSHA: An Overview Since its establishment in late 1970, federal OSHA has maintained authority over assuring worker health & safety in the United States through a variety of […]

NIOSH’s Hierarchy of Controls

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. NIOSH has a variety of programs that help keep workers safe, including the hierarchy of controls.   NIOSH and the Hierarchy of Controls Poor housekeeping, working at heights, improper extension cord use, and unknown chemicals are all examples of common worksite hazards. Hazards such as these can cause serious injuries […]

Safety Spotlight: Scaffolding

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. Scaffolding can often pose unique and life-threatening hazards to workers.   The Common Use of Scaffolding There are few practices as ubiquitous to the construction industry as scaffolding. These temporary structures are typically used to aid in the construction and/or maintenance of buildings. Scaffolding (also referred to as staging) is […]

OSHA’s “Naughty List”: The Severe Violator Enforcement Program

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. Federal OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program was developed to focus on the worst safety violators.   OSHA’s Controversial Severe Violator Enforcement Program On June 18, 2010, federal OSHA implemented the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). According to the agency, the SVEP was enacted to, “more effectively focus enforcement efforts on […]

New Crane Operator Certification Regulations Prompt Review

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. With new regulations on the horizon, now is a good time to review the federal and state regulations regarding crane operator certification.   New OSHA Crane Operator Certification Regulations Prompt Review As of a February 7, 2019 federal OSHA rule, employers must ensure that any worker’s crane operator certification is […]

OSHA’s Top 10 List of Citations for 2018

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. OSHA’s top 10 list of violations for 2018 has been released, with one newcomer.   OSHA’s Top 10 of 2018 Sheds Insight on Common Violations Federal OSHA’s top 10 list of cited violations for 2018 was released in October at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Houston, Texas. […]

Cal/OSHA Citations Trending Upward

Written by: Joe Mangiardi, NES, Inc. Cal/OSHA citations are on an upward trend recently as staffing issues are resolved.   Cal/OSHA Citations: Ramping Up Inspections Cal/OSHA citations have been on the rise over the past several years, and last year that number reached its highest point since 2008. The recession of a decade ago, which hit […]

Fall Safety Protection and the Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down

Written by: Joe Mangiardi, NES, Inc. Take a break to discuss fall safety with all personnel: employers, employees, contractors, architects, engineers, owners, etc.   Fall Safety Protection and the Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down Fall safety protection is a major key to saving lives and preventing injuries in the construction industry and beyond. This May 8 – 12 is […]

OSHA Final Rule: Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems

Written by: Joe Mangiardi, NES, Inc. Workers such as the one pictured here will be directly affected by the revised OSHA regulations governing the use of personal fall protection systems.   New OSHA Regulations on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently published a final rule revising […]