Safety is of the upmost importance for you and your team. So, what can you do to prevent costly accidents? Here’s how to easily avoid these top 10 OSHA Violations.
- Fall Protection
Falls are one of the most common causes of work–related injuries and deaths. Be sure your company has the appropriate fall protections in place. And keep in mind, these regulations vary by industry.
- Hazard Communication Standard
To ensure everyone’s safety, employees need to understand the hazards of the chemicals in the workplace. All chemicals must include labels and safety data sheets. Also, workers should know how to handle these substances properly.
Scaffold-related accidents account for 4,500 injuries and over 60 deaths each year. Most incidents occur when a support gives way or when an employee slips or is struck by a falling object. Following the scaffolding standards for your industry helps to prevent these accidents.
- Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout)
Machines that unexpectedly start up during maintenance can harm or even kill workers. Electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical and thermal equipment all pose risks. Train your employees to use proper lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures whenever making repairs.
- Respiratory Protection
Respirators protect workers against environments with insufficient oxygen as well as from harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors and sprays. These conditions may cause cancer, lung impairment or death. To keep your employees healthy, follow all OSHA respiratory protection standards.
Although ladders may seem less dangerous than scaffolding, ladder accidents account for nearly a third of all deaths from falls. Your employees should understand how to maintain and use ladders correctly. For more tips, check out OSHA’s Ladder Safety Guide.
- Powered Industrial Trucks
There are many types of powered industrial trucks and each presents different hazards. For the safest results, require everyone who uses this equipment to have proper training. Remember, it is a violation of federal law for anyone under the age of 18 or without certification to operate these vehicles.
- Fall Protection Training Requirements
Having fall protection in place isn’t enough. In addition, your organization is responsible for providing training to each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. Your workers should be able to identify potential hazards so they can report or repair them before a tragedy occurs.
- Machinery and Machine Guarding
Moving parts may lead to severe workplace injuries including crushed fingers, amputations, or burns. Machinery and machine guards protect workers from these preventable injuries. Make sure these safeguards are in place and that workers can recognize problems.
- Eye and Face Protection
Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries. And unfortunately, many of these injuries could be prevented with the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Keep your workers safe by following OHSA Eye and Face Protection standards.
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