Presentation on theme: "Cal/OSHA Consultation Service On-Site Visits"— Presentation transcript:
1 Cal/OSHA Consultation Service On-Site Visits Peter Scholz, MPH, CIHAssoc. Safety EngineerOakland Area Office
2 Cal/OSHA Consultation vs. Enforcement Confidential (very limited exceptions)No fines or citationsNo costAgreeing to fix any hazards found – that is not voluntary.
3 Example: Solar Panel Installation Fall Protection needed over 7.5 ft.Ladders must be secured during useNo carrying material up laddersNeed Injury and Illness Prevention ProgramNeed Heat Stress ProgramFork lift operators need to be formally evaluated
4 Example: Soup Kitchen Train employees on disabling freezer lock Splash goggles for handling cleaning liquidsPackaging machines – finger entrapment hazardsHobart mixer unguardedEyewash neededSecure furniture against tippingNeed IIPP, and Hazard Communication Programs
5 Example: Spice Packaging Blocked access to electrical panelsOpenings in electrical panelsLock-out/ tag-out proceduresReview and implement IIPPVoluntary respirator use without trainingSecure furnitureBlocked fire extinguishersComplete Log 300s
6 Example.... Exit door needs panic hardware Liquid nitrogen tank in shipping is unsecuredVentilation in shipping room not tested annuallyRepair oxygen sensorImprove IIPPRecommendation: improve ergonomics of lifting sample racks from cryogenic storage tank.
7 Elements of an On-site Consultation PreparationOpening conferenceReview Safety Record – Log 300, etc.Program ReviewWalk AroundClosing ConferenceReportHazard Correction
8 Review Safety Record Review Log 300s Reportable injuries Near misses Documentation ?Duplicate injuries?What changed as result?Programs implemented?On-going major concerns/ safety focus ?
9 Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) A primary focus of Cal/OSHARequired only in CAOverall in-house safety programIncludes the required elements (§3203)Tailored to the company’s safety needsImplemented and documented
10 IIPP Elements (§3203) Responsibility Employee Compliance Safety CommunicationWorkplace InspectionInjury and Illness InvestigationHazard CorrectionTraining and Instruction
11 IIPP Tailored to your needs Short and to the point Reviewed & Modified (coffee stains are a plus)Do what you say; say what you do …Concise documentation
12 Quality Safety Meetings Required only for construction workShould be common in all businessesGood way to meet IIPP safety communication requirementOften a missed opportunity to make a real difference
13 Quality Safety Meetings In language that can be understoodRelevant to what’s happening or going toInvolves employee participationDemonstration, show and tellManagement follow throughRotate responsibility for leading and presenting
14 What level are you at ? “911” Safety Program “Big Binder” Safety Program“Doing it for OSHA” Safety Program“Safety Nag” Program“Safety Culture” Program
15 Safety Culture Shared high expectations Shared sense of responsibility Mutual accountabilityShared drive to improveShared ownership
16 Quality Safety Meetings as building Safety Culture In language that can be understoodRelevant to what’s happening or going toInvolves employee participationDemonstration, show and tellManagement follow throughRotate responsibility for leading and presenting
17 Other Written Safety Programs ? Chemical Hazard CommunicationEmergency Medical Services (Construction)Heat Stress (Outdoor work)Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure ControlPermit-Required Confined SpaceRespiratory ProtectionLock-out / Tag-out ProceduresAerosol Transmissible Diseases
18 Why Written Programs? A. The more safety binders, the better B. The bigger the safety binders, the betterC. I really don’t have enough to doD. It intimidates everyone elseE. Cal/OSHA just loves this stuffF. All of the above
19 Why Written Programs? Written programs should ensure that: All aspects have been thought through;Document actions are fully responsive to regulationResponsibilities have been assigned;Maintain institutional memory.They serve as the basis for employee educationDocumentation of implementation is just as important!Don’t descend into ‘safety binder fetishism’
20 Walk Around Inspection Machine guardingFall hazardsSecure furniture, racks, equipmentElectrical hazardsEyewash installation and flushingPersonal protective equipmentCompressed gas cylindersFire extinguishers
21 Walk Around Inspection Forklift operatorsObstructed emergency exitsAudit exhaust ventilation annuallyDust conveying ducts – clean-out portsChemical hazards not assessedNoise hazards not assessedFirst aid trained personnel
22 Resources http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/PubOrder.asp Or google: Cal/OSHA publications