Without the labeling and training required by the hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), workers might not realize that the chemicals they work with every day could be causing cancer, lung disease or reproductive harm — and that's a serious concern.
Hazard communication takes the number two spot on OSHA’s "Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards" list (it's number one on the MNOSHA list). This should come as no surprise since hazard communication has held this spot for over five years. And with an average of over 4,500 violations per year, it’s likely to retain its spot when the 2019 list is published later this month.
Hazard communication (HazCom) violations generally rank high on the most-cited list, because they occur across a variety of industries and because it’s easy for OSHA inspectors to observe violations — such as a missing container label or safety data sheet. Lack of knowledge and confusion resulting from OSHA’s adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) and the changes made to the HazCom Standard in 2012 have also no doubt contributed significantly to the violation count. We can expect the confusion and subsequent violations to continue with additional changes expected following OSHA’s proposed rule to update the current HazCom Standard to align it with the UN’s most recent editions (GHS Revision 7).
Amy assists clients with identifying and mitigating risk, resolves carrier loss prevention recommendations, develops and implements safety programs, evaluates training needs and delivers customized training solutions.
Amy assists clients with identifying and mitigating risk, resolves carrier loss prevention recommendations, develops and implements safety programs, evaluates training needs and delivers customized training solutions. She brings a practical approach that has been developed in the real world which translates into improving client safety performance. Amy’s strengths include developing safety programs compliant with OSHA and DOT regulations, conducting management and employee training, organizing and leading safety committees, enhancing safety awareness and building safety cultures and facilitating carrier loss control inspections.
If you could give human form to your safety culture, what would it look like?
Maybe it would be a thick-set, shirtless brute named Trog with a foul disposition beating out a drum cadence to keep your employees rowing in-sync.
Or would it be more like a fussy and constantly disapproving Dickensian paper-pusher named Fizzlewhite who has never met a rule or procedure he didn’t like, even though he hasn’t done most of the things he creates rules to address?
If you were to search the various “mommy blogs” and parenting advice websites out there, how many of them do you think would endorse the following practice?
A child’s safety should always be a top priority for any parent. When leaving children under the age of 10 alone in the house for lengthy periods of time, be sure to provide the kids with a loaded pistol with the safety off in case a stranger should happen by. In a pinch, recently sharpened knives can be substituted for the pistol.
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