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OSHA News, Are We Paying Attention?

I visit the OSHA website for recent news and fines fairly frequently, to see whose getting nicked for violations and what the violations are. I’m not sure why they publicize them, but it sure can be interesting, and eye opening. January did not disappoint, there were 37 news releases regarding enforcement and citations for violations. Just reading through these gives one reason to just shake your head and wonder: What are they thinking? Or not? Wile E. Coyote never had a OSHA safetymonth like this.

Blast turns Fatal Death of Welder who fell from misused forklift Lack of fall Protection in worker Fatality Repeated safety Hazards 2 workers injured 1 fatally 2 workers succumb to dangerous fumes Construction fatality results in citations For the third time, OSHA finds roofing contractor allows fatal fall hazards

The list reads like a bad novel or horror story, and the February list is already growing. If you’re reading this article then you are probably a concerned Safety Advocate. In the past we’ve discussed just about everything you’ll find in the violations OSHA is reporting on their website. Fall protection, fork lift safety, confined space, you name it we have even discussed repeat violations.

Perhaps the site is a good venue for displaying the overall cost of the violations committed and the senseless loss of life, along with the violators. I may have mis-spoke my question of why. It needs to start somewhere. I understand that safety is everybody’s responsibility but reading this is frustrating. I do applaud all of you out there who are concerned about proper training, and make an effort to make sure that training, and retraining is delivered. Somehow however not everybody got the memo.

Here’s our challenge as a safety community, we need to seek out other venues to share our information. Don’t overlook your local newspaper, sponsor a safety column. Social media is the current darling of information disbursement, learn how to use it. Preaching to the choir gets old and doesn’t get our message to the right people. Average Americans don’t read safety magazines. Have your company sponsor a safety rodeo for young people. And make sure the media is there. If you’re a Union this is a great way to give back to the community, and to show people that unions are still relevant. We all need to be relevant, and sooner than later.

One thought on “OSHA News, Are We Paying Attention?”

  • In general, the promotion of health in the work deals with different issues and, in practice, is closely associated with the risk assessment. Some aspects of health promotion at work are:

    employee participation in the process of improving work organization;
    active aarticipación and consultation of employees in improving the working environment;
    all measures aim to increase welfare at work, for example by introducing a system of flexible hours or telecommuting;
    put on the table the issue of healthy eating habits at work by facilitating information on healthy nutrition, providing a healthy diet eaters or making available facilities for workers that they can prepare their food.
    awareness snuff, including the offer of free participation in smoking cessation programs and widespread ban on smoking in all facilities and property of the company;
    mental health promotion, offering courses for managers to learn how to manage stress and tension in your team and employees psychological support services completely anonymously;
    exercise and physical activity, offering courses in sport, encouraged physical activity and a healthy and active labor mentality;
    health monitoring, providing medical examinations in which the pressure or cholesterol is controlled.
    jaime anaya delgado

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