Comparing OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2013, FY 2012 and FY 2011

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There has been a significant (45%) increase in safety violations cited by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from 2012 to 2013. In addition to the increased number of violations, OSHA has also increased the number of press releases publicizing hefty fines.

While there has been great progress in workplace safety over the past 100 years, the numbers presented below should serve as a reminder there is more to be done to make workplaces safer.

The top 10 list of most frequently cited workplace-safety violations for FY 2013 are as follows:

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The top 10 list of most frequently cited workplace-safety violations for FY 2012 are as follows:

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The top 10 list of most frequently cited workplace-safety violations for FY 2011 are as follows:

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The top 10 list of most frequently cited workplace-safety violations 3 year comparison:

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The trend in the 3 year comparison shows a drop in cited violations in 2012 as compared to 2013 and 2011. The difference between 2013 and 2011 is for the most part negligible. 

Source: http://blog.wisebusinessware.com/safetyinsiderblog/comparing-oshas-top-10-most-frequently-cited-standards-for-2013-2012-2011

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Food Safety Authority of Ireland activity in April

A Dublin City centre eatery is among five food businesses where closure orders were issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) last month.

Environmental health officers issued the order to close for some days, three eateries under the Food Safety Authority Act 1998.

Two closure orders were also issued under European legislation, EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010, but also for a few days.

A successful prosecution was also carried out last month by the HSE (Health Service Executive) against one Chinese restaurant.

The number of ongoing cases involving “improper storage of foodstuffs and poor cleaning and sanitising” was particularly disappointing, Food Safety Authority chief executive Professor Alan Reilly said. Greater vigilance was needed to ensure standards were not allowed to slip and pit consumers at risk, he said.

The FSAI has issued 28 closure orders so far this year. Last year the number of enforcement orders taken against businesses for breaching food safety laws was up by 31 per cent , hitting a record of 143.

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Source: Iris Times 

 

Hazards Associated with Storm Damage Cleanup

Storm and tornado cleanup work can involve hazards related to restoring electricity, communications, and water and sewer services. Other hazards relate to demolition activities, cleaning up debris, tree trimming, structural, roadway and bridge repair, hazardous waste operations and emergency response activities.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maintains a comprehensive website on keeping disaster site workers safe during tornado and storm cleanup and recovery operations.

This is because in the last 1/2 weeks a series of severe storms has been raging through parts of the Midwest, South and Eastern United States. As residents recover from these events, OSHA urges recovery workers, employers and the public to be aware of the hazards they can encounter and take necessary steps to stay safe.

Recovery and cleanup work should not put you in the hospital emergency room. OSHA is on the ground in affected areas providing compliance assistance,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Storm recovery efforts expose workers to a wide range of hazards, which can be mitigated by Safe Work Practices and Personal Protective equipment (PPE)

In addition, areas affected by flooding have unique cleanup challenges, including: dam and levee repair, removal of floodwater from structures and repairing downed electrical wires in standing water. Workers and residents taking defensive action to protect structures or evacuate severely impacted areas may encounter numerous hazards, such as rapidly rising streams and moving water. OSHA has a variety of resources on flood preparedness and response detailing how to stay safe during floods and subsequent cleanup.

Only workers provided with the proper training, equipment and experience should conduct cleanup activities. Protective measures should involve: evaluating the work area for all hazards, employing engineering or work practice controls to mitigate hazards, using personal protective equipment, assuming that all power lines are live, properly using portable generators, saws, ladders, vehicles and other equipment and paying attention to safety precautions for traffic work zones.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

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Source: United States Department of Labor