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Courtney W. Bohannon Compliance Assistance Specialist American Water Works Association. Why is OSHA Important to You?. OSHA began because, until 1970, there were no national laws for safety and health hazards. On average, 12 workers die every day from job injuries
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Compliance Assistance Specialist
American Water Works Association
Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act states: “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."
The creation of OSHA provided workers the right to a safe and healthful workplace.
Employers must have a written, complete hazard communication program that includes information on:
Workers have the right to review the current log, as well as the logs stored for the past 5 years.
OSHA’s Recordkeeping rule requires most employers with more than 10 workers to keep a log of injuries and illnesses.
Workers may bring up safety and health concerns in the workplace to their employers without fear of discharge or discrimination, as long as the complaint is made in good faith.
OSHA regulations [29CFR 1977.9(c)] protect workers who complain to their employer about unsafe or unhealthful conditions in the workplace.
Workers have a right to get training from employers on a variety of health and safety hazards and standards that employers must follow.
Provide a workplace free from recognized hazards and comply with OSHA standards
Provide training required by OSHA standards
Keep records of injuries and illnesses
Provide medical exams when required by OSHA standards and provide workers access to their exposure and medical records
Not discriminate against workers who exercise their rights under the Act (Section 11(c))
Post OSHA citations and abatement verification notices
Provide and pay for PPE
The OSH Act authorizes OSHA compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) to conduct workplace inspections at reasonable times.
OSHA conducts inspections without advance notice, except in rare circumstances (e.g. Imminent Danger)
In fact, anyone who tells an employer about an OSHA inspection in advance can receive fines and a jail term.
Companies are in violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act if, by policy or practice, they require texting while driving, or create incentives that encourage or condone it, or they structure work so that texting is a practical necessity for workers to carry out their job.
If I am working in a trench less than 5 feet in depth, I don’t need to worry about cave-in protection?
This excavation has inadequate support posts and egress access
Inadequate protective system
This worker is in a trench with no protective system, that is not sloped or benched and has no means of egressInadequate Protective System
Must have had specific training in and be knowledgeable about:
Must be capable of identifying hazards, and authorized to immediately eliminate hazards
The weight and vibrations of the crane make this a very hazardous condition.
They should not be working under this crane.
A competent person must make daily inspections of excavations, areas around them and protective systems:
If the competent person finds evidence of a possible cave-in, indications of failure of protective systems, hazardous atmospheres, or other hazardous conditions:
Before beginning excavation:
USDOL – OSHA
Jackson Area Office
100 W. Capitol Street
Jackson, MS 39269-1620
601-965-4606 ext. 2035