The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released its list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards of 2012. The organization’s main goal in releasing this information, according to the National Safety Council’s Safety + Health Magazine article is to improve safety and lead more people to take steps that go beyond simple hazard abatement. How can you be better aware of these common issues in order to reduce risk and prevent injuries and accidents in your workplace? And, when it comes to your communicating safety, are your warnings best-practice, standards-compliant, and effective in these ten areas? Below, we’ve compiled a snapshot of the top OSHA violations along with solutions from Clarion that you can put to use to assist with better protecting workers.
- Fall Protection
This OSHA standard, 1926.501, outlines fall protection system requirements, designed to protect employees on walking or working surfaces with an unprotected side or edge above 6 feet.
Clarion Solution: Safety warnings can inform workers, guests and contractors of potential unsafe slip and falls hazards, and reinforce and remind employees about proper safety procedures and personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements. See Clarion’s best-practice slip, trip, and fall safety signs.
- Hazard Communication
This OSHA standard, 1910.1200, relates to chemicals produced in or imported into the workplace, as well as the communication of these hazards to workers; the standard has been updated to align with the UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
Clarion Solution: Make sure your workplace is ready for GHS, and will be in compliance with the OSHA/GHS December 1, 2013 training requirements. See Clarion’s essential workplace training tool for GHS-compliance, including GHS HazCom pictogram labels.
This OSHA standard, 1926.451, relates to general safety requirements for scaffolding; employers are required to protect construction workers from falls and falling objects while working on or near scaffolding at a 10 foot height or higher.
Clarion Solution: Use the latest warnings technology on your signs at construction sites to most effectively communicate scaffolding safety, reminding workers of critical safety practices and warning them of potential dangers. See Clarion’s best-practice construction safety signs.
- Respiratory Protection
This OSHA standard, 1910.134, outlines for employers requirements of respiratory protection programs, important personal protective equipment in protecting workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays.
Clarion Solution: Use personal protective equipment (PPE) signs to provide permanent visual reinforcement of your facility’s safety training policies requiring PPE, like respirators. See Clarion’s best-practice hazard alerting signs related to PPE.
- Electrical and Lockout/Tagout
Violation #5, #7, #10
Three of the most-cited violations involved electricity: hazardous energy or lockout/tagout (OSHA standard 1910.147), electrical – wiring (OSHA standard 1910.305), and electrical – general requirements (OSHA standard 1910.303).
Clarion Solution: Proper identification of the nature of electrical hazards and specific avoidance procedures with safety signs and labels that give the viewer more information than “DANGER – HIGH VOLTAGE” are key to making nearly every workplace safer. Our more comprehensive electrical hazard signs better reinforce your training and avoidance procedures, better protecting workers from harm when they use or service equipment. See Clarion’s best-practice electrical hazard and lockout/tagout safety signs, and electrical hazard and lockout/tagout safety labels.
- Powered Industrial Trucks
This OSHA standard, 1910.178, relates to the design, maintenance and operation of powered industrial trucks, including forklifts.
Clarion Solution: When it comes to protecting workers, visitors, and subcontractors from forklift traffic accidents and injuries, signs and our new ANSI Z535-compliant floor markings reinforce training measures to advance safety. See Clarion’s best-practice forklift safety signs.
This OSHA standard, 1926.1053, covers general requirements for ladders, outlining measures employers should take to prevent workplace injuries.
Clarion Solution: Use the latest warnings technology on your signs at construction sites and in the workplace to effectively communicate ladder and stairway safety. See Clarion’s best-practice construction safety signs and slip/trip/fall safety signs.
- Machinery and Machine Guarding
This OSHA standard, 1910.212, covers general requirements for machine guards to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from potential hazards that can occur during a machine’s operation or maintenance, such as in-running nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks.
Clarion Solution: Post best-practice safety signs and labels to warn of potential hazards if guards, interlock switches or other safety devices are circumvented. Well-designed safety signs are your critical communication tools to reinforce training, serving as a final reminder regarding the importance of the safety devices installed on your products or in your facilities. See Clarion’s best-practice guard/light curtain safety labels.
And remember – in case you don’t see the exact product, symbol, message, material, or language you need when you browse our safety sign and safety label catalog – our full range of customization capabilities give us the unique ability to design, produce and deliver just about any safety sign, label, or marking you need. Learn more about our custom capabilities, or contact us today!