By Bukola Akinjobi, Carrie Beard, and Jennifer Roper. Before OSHA…. 14,500 American workers were killed annually on the job. Nearly 2,200,000 were disabled annually in on the job accidents. State Enforcement. Few laws enacted. Failed to allocate appropriate funds to enforce these laws.
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Rights and Responsibilities
Follow all safety rules and regulations
Have right to training
Have right to request employer fix hazards
Problems in the Workplace
Imminent danger and refusal of dangerous work
Discrimination for filing complaints
"Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees."
What Triggers an OSHA Inspection?
• Imminent Danger• Catastrophes & Fatal Accidents• Employee Complaints or Referrals• Programmed Inspections
Planned or Targeted• Follow-Up Inspections.
Inspection purpose described
Complaint is provided, if applicable
Records summoned for inspection
Identify potential safety & health hazards
Evaluation of safety and health program
Eliminate workplace hazards
Length of time for abatement
Probably would not cause Death
Substantial Probably of causing Death
Employee Death due indifference of known hazard
up to $500,000 fine or six months incarceration
Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
Injury and Illness Incident Report
Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
Developed in response to a specific hazard
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Chemical Hazard Communication
US House of Representatives June 2008
Committee of Education and Labor
As much as 69% of illness an Injuries never make it into the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII)