2Introduction to OSHAThe William-Steiger Occupational Safety & Health Act was passed by Congress in December, The act established the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).April, 1971-Enforcement of regulations began.Purpose: To assure every employee a safe & healthful work environment.
3Introduction to OSHAPrior to OSHA, job related accidents accounted for more than 14,000 workers deaths annually.Currently about 6000 Americans die annually from workplace injuries.In 2002, 1121 construction workers died from workplace injuries.
4The “General Duty” Clause OSH Act – Public Law Dec Section 5 (a) (1):“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 employees.”
5Incorporation by Reference Other standards mandatory provisions have the same force and effect of law as OSHA standards, i.e., ANSI, NEC, NFPA…
6Most Frequently Cited Serious Violations - 2003 501(b)(1) Unprotected sides and edges (1652)451(g)(1) Scaffolds – Fall protection (1229)100(a) Head protection (1159)501(b)(13) Fall protection – 6’ (1090)451(e)(1) Scaffolds – Access (1044)453(b)(2)(v) Aerial lifts – Body belt & lanyard (977)451(b)(1) Scaffolds – Platform construction (925)652(a)(1) Excavations- Protection of employees (890)21(b)(2) Employee training programs (812)503(a)(1) Fall hazards training program (774)
7Most Frequently Cited Subpart C - 2003 21(b)(2) Employee training programs (812)20(b)(2) Inspections by a competent person (542)20(b)(1) Initiate and maintain accident prevention programs (419)25(a) Housekeeping (266)28(a) Personal protective Equipment (113)
8General Requirements Subpart C Employer cannot require employees to work in unsafe, hazardous, or unsanitary conditions.Employer must have a safety program & conduct frequent and regular inspections by competent persons.Most companies conduct written weekly inspections and daily informal inspections.
9General Requirements Subpart C Unsafe tools, machinery, material or equipment to be tagged or locked out of service, or physically removed from place of operation.Employer shall permit only employees qualified by training or experience to operate machinery and equipment.
10HousekeepingCombustible scrap and debris must be removed at regular intervals.Form and scrap lumber with protruding nails and all other debris, shall be cleared from work areas, passageways, and stairs.Containers shall be provided for waste, trash, oily and used rags.
11Means of EgressFree and unobstructed egress at all exits must be maintained.Exits cannot be lockedExits must be marked if direction to them not immediately visible.Means of egress must be maintained free of obstructions
12Emergency Action Plans Must be written and cover the following at a minimum:Escape procedures and routesProcedures for employees who remain for critical functionsProcedures to account for all employees after evacuationMeans of reporting emergenciesRescue and medical dutiesNames or job titles of persons who can be contacted for further information
13Emergency Action Plans Employer must establish an employee alarm systemEmployees must be trained in plan requirements.Radios, Nextels, air horns, etc. can serve this purpose.
14Confined Space EntryAll employees required to enter into confined spaces must be trained regarding hazards, precautions, and use of protective and emergency equipment.Guidelines are covered under OSHA General Industry StandardA construction standard is being developed.
15Confined Space Entry Confined Space: …any space having limited means of egress, subject to accumulation of toxic or flammable contaminants or oxygen deficient atmosphere.
16Competent PersonOne who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions that are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authority to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.
17Qualified PersonOne who, by having recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience, has successfully demonstrated his ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the work.I.e., a Professional Engineer, experienced foreman, etc.
18Examples of Areas With Competent Person Requirements Fall ProtectionScaffoldingTrench & ExcavationRespirator UseCranes & DerricksLaddersHearing ProtectionWelding & CuttingElectricalConcrete forms & ShoringDemolitionLeadIonizing Radiation
19Training EducationEmployees must be trained in recognition, avoidance, and prevention of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his/her work environment.Employees required to handle or use poisons, caustics, toxic or flammable materials must be trained in safe handling.
20Training Education OSHA recognized training programs: OSHA 500 program established to “train the trainers”OSHA 10 & 30 hour programs established for employees and supervisors.
21WWW.OSHA.ORG Agency home page All companies OSHA history available as public record informationOSHA standards can be downloadedCompliance directives and letters of interpretation availableEmployee online complaint systemeTools (best practice guidelines)
22Types of Inspections General Scheduled (random) Complaint Post-Incident (1 fatality or 3 injuries from 1 event)Referral (news media, fire department, public…)Special Emphasis (silica, falls, trenching…)Focused (4 main hazards)Follow-up (post citation)
23Focused InspectionsAllows compliance officers to spend less time with companies that have strong safety programs, and more time with companies that do not.You must have a written safety program, implemented by a competent person, to qualify.Results in shortened inspections process.
24Focused Inspections Inspections Focused on: (90% of fatalities) Falls (floors, work platforms, roofs) 33%Struck by (falling objects, vehicles) 22%Caught in-between (cave-ins) 18%Electrical (overhead lines, tools) 17%
25Rules of ConstructionContractors and subcontractors can make their own arrangements regarding who will do things such as; installing guardrails or providing drinking water, however:Under no circumstance is the Prime Contractor relieved of overall responsibility for safety ( )
26Multi-Employer Work Site Policy Exposing Employer – One whose employees are exposed to hazards (most often receives citation).Creating Employer – One who actually creates the hazards.Correcting Employer – One responsible for correcting the hazard.Controlling Employer – One who is responsible for conditions on work site.
27Inspections, Citations and Enforcement Inspection Sequence:Preplanning:OSHA will review the company’s history of citationsMay film or video from offsiteWork Site:Compliance Officer must show credentialsWill request entry, and explain the purpose of the visit
28Inspections, Citations and Enforcement Opening Conference:The compliance Officer Identifies the scope & type of inspection.Will review OSHA required recordkeeping.Opportunity to qualify for focused inspection.Meet with a representative of each contractor
29Inspections, Citations and Enforcement Inspection Process:Will tour the job/facility looking for hazards, will interview employees, collect photos/videos, and samples or measurements.It is important for the employer to take the same photo as OSHA from several viewpoints.
30Inspections, Citations and Enforcement Closing Conference:The Compliance Officer may point out potential violations of the standards, and establish abatement dates for correction.
31Inspections, Citations and Enforcement Decision to Issue Citation(s):The Compliance Officer completes report and proposes potentials citations. This is reviewed by the Area Director who has final authority to issue citations/penalties.
32Inspections, Citations and Enforcement Citation Issuance:Will be received by the employer via registered mail within 180 days.The employer can ask for an informal conference, within 15 days.The employer must correct any citations within the abatement dates & pay penalty amount or contest citations.
33Types of CitationsOther than Serious – A violation that would not cause death or serious injury.Serious – A violation where there is a high probability of death or serious injury.Willful – A violation where death or serious injury could occur, and the employer knew, or should have known, the hazard existed.
34Types of CitationsCriminal Willful – “Flagrant disregard for safety….” Can result in 6 months jail time and $500,000 fine.
35Types of CitationsRepeat – A violation of any standard or rule where upon re-inspection within 3 years, a similar violation is found.Failure to Abate – A violation for failure to correct a previous citation in a timely manner.
36Citation Penalties Other than Serious – $0 - $7000 Serious – Up to $7000Repeated – X2, X5, & X10
37Citation Penalties Willful – Up to $70000 Egregious – Penalty amount multiplied times the number of employees exposed. (At this time, OSHA cannot use the egregious policy due to court decision however, they have appealed this).Criminal Willful – Up to $500,000
38Citation PenaltiesFailure to Abate – (per calendar day $7000, to maximum $210,000)Failure to report fatality – $5000Failure to post citation – $3000Failure to post on 300 log – $1000 / case
392002 Construction Fatalities – 1,121 What’s New Subpart C2002 Construction Fatalities – 1,121Only 5% of the workers in construction20% of the fatalities
40What’s New Subpart C Enhanced Enforcement Policy: Announced by Secretary of Labor Chao on 3/11/03.Focuses on employers who have received high gravity citations.High gravity = high risk factor / high penalty
41What’s New Subpart C High Gravity Citations include: High gravity willful violations.Multiple high gravity serious violations.High gravity repeat violations at originating establishment.Failure to abate notices.Serious willful or repeat violations related to a fatality.
42What’s New Subpart C Will Result in: Follow up inspections Issuance of press releasesIdentified companies prioritized for programmed inspections
43What’s New Subpart C Settlement Agreement: Requires employers to hire consultants.Applies agreement corporate-wide.Requires info on other job sites.
44What’s New Subpart C Settlement Agreement: Requires submission of 300 logs to OSHA quarterly and consent to inspections based on logs.Employer consents to allow OSHA entry.
45What’s New Subpart C Post Settlement Agreement: OSHA will seek enforcement of court orders as allowed under Section 11(b) OSH Act. In other words, they will more aggressively deal with employers in the courts.Federal courts have more sanctions to deal with non-compliant employers-fines, court costs, incarceration.
47Who Must ComplyAll employers with over ten employees must maintain 300 & 301Randomly selected employers must participate in the annual survey – results in BLS data.
48Penalties“Whoever knowingly makes any false statement, representation, or certification in any application, record, report, plan or other document filed or required to be maintained pursuant to this Act shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000, or by imprisonment, for not more than 6 months, or both.”
49Requirements… Each workplace must display an OSHA or State poster. The employer must report to OSHA within 8 hours all accidents which result in a fatality or hospitalization of three or more employees. ( OSHA)
50Recordkeeping Forms 300 Log – list of recordable injuries 301 Supplemental Form – in some states you can substitute your Employer’s First Report of Injury Form.300A Summary (This is what is posted)
55General Recording Criteria You must post the summary (300A) from February 1st through April 30th .You can just post this at the corporate office unless your project will last over 12 months.The summary must be signed by a company executive
56General Recording Criteria You must record the following if work related:DeathLoss of consciousnessLost work dayRestricted work / Job transferMedical treatmentSignificant injury or illness diagnosed by physician or licensed health care professional
57Hearing Loss You must record work-related hearing loss. Record 10 decibel threshold shift from initial audiogram.Record 25 db hearing loss from audiometric zero
58Lost Work Days Count Calendar Days If the Doctor says the employee must take time off from work you must count it as lost time even if employee does not take time off.Counting Cap – 180 days.
59Restricted Work Days / Job Transfer Count Calendar DaysStop counting at 180 daysStop counting if permanent job transfer.
60Medical TreatmentIf the employee receives medical treatment, you must recordIf the employee receives only first aid treatment, regardless of who provides the treatment, you do not record
61Medical Treatment – Exceptions Visits to a medical professional solely for observation are not recordableFirst Aid – (see list to follow)Diagnostic Procedures:X-rays, blood work or other tests solely for diagnostic purposes are not recordable
62First Aid List – Items on this List are Not Recordable Non- prescription medicationTetanus immunizationsCleaning, flushing or soaking woundsBand- Aids, butterfly bandages, or steri-stripsHot or cold therapySplints, slings, neck collarsDrilling nails to relieve pressure, drain blister
63First Aid List Continued Eye patchesRemoval of foreign bodies using irrigation or cotton swabRemoval of splinters by irrigation, tweezers or cotton swabUse of finger guardsMassage of therapyDrinking fluids for heat stress
64Resources For statistics www.stats.bls.gov/blshome.html For 300 log, regulations, letters of interpretation:Regular and online safety courses
65Safety & Health Programs Is a Safety and Health Program required by OSHA in construction?Yes, however a written program is not required, but OSHA has proposed to change this.
66Why Have A Safety & Health Program? It is the foundation for other Safety /Health efforts.Your insurance carrier wants you to have oneAvoid /reduce accident costsMust have to qualify for focused inspection
67OSHA Penalty Reductions Based On Good Faith 25% - Based on a comprehensive written and implemented safety & health program.15% - Based on a written program with some deficiencies
68Elements Of A Safety & Health Program Management Commitment & Employee InvolvementWorksite AnalysisHazard Prevention & ControlSafety & Health Training
69Management Commitment & Employee Involvement Develop a worksite safety & health policyEstablish & communicate safety goals.Provide visible top management involvement & support.Encourage employee involvement.
70Management Commitment & Employee Involvement Assign and communicate program responsibilityProvide adequate authority and resources.Hold managers, supervisors, and employees accountable.Review program operations regularly.
75Safety & Health Training Employees must be trained in recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditionsConduct both general & job specific safety training.
76Safety & Health Training Efforts Should Be: Conducted with new hiresConducted periodicallyFollowed up for retention / understandingDocumented
77Question for ReviewIf there is not a specific standard for a work practice, how could OSHA cite it?What is OSHA’s name for a person who has knowledge of the standards, hazard recognition and the authority to stop work when necessary?What type of inspection should you asked for if you have a safety program?How long do you have to report a fatality to OSHA? What’s the phone number call?