OSHA Inspections – Top Violations

Posted by admin on December 15th, 2008 filed in Regulatory Compliance

For those of my readers who attended my session at the Northwest Environmental Conference (www.nwec.org) last week – I am posting this recently blogged list of OSHA top violations for the 2008 Federal Fiscal year.  Following a common pair of construction violations (scaffolding and fall protection) the General Industry favorite – Hazard Communication – tops the list.  With all of the tools available to employers to meet the requirements of the HazCom standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), it is difficult to understand how this rule continues to provide OSHA (and state programs) with such easy pickins for citation.

Employers need to get a handle on this issue – an audit of the implementation of HazCom programs – and a training session for all employees – shouldn’t take more than a few hours per site, nor should it cost more than a $1,000 or so – cheap insurance given the importance of this issue.

A solid HazCom program provides spectacular benefits for employers, especially those concerned about employee exposure issues.  A workforce educated at work is far better than one educated by tort or class action attorneys.

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