Am I required to train my employees on first aid and CPR?
How does having updated noise and air sampling data protect me from OSHA?
Updated noise and air sampling data ensure compliance with OSHA regulations and safeguard employees' health. Accurate data help identify both harmful air quality and harmful noise exposure, enabling corrective action safe work practices. Failure to comply may lead to fines or legal action. Maintaining this data protects employees, but also protects the organization from potential OSHA violations. Reach out to email@example.com to conduct sampling in your operations.
Is OSHA really that focused on heat illness programs this summer?
Yes. OSHA unveiled a revitalized heat prevention emphasis program, prioritizing worker safety in high-heat environments. They are targeting industries with outdoor worksites like construction and agriculture, while more thorough inspections and revised heat alerts underscore their stated commitment to proactive prevention. The program requires heat-stress monitoring, such as the use of smart devices that provide real-time heat strain data for immediate action. OSHA will be actively pursuing this so reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in creating your required heat illness prevention program.
How can we determine whether certain areas within our facility require a hearing conservation program?
Conduct noise monitoring and assessments in all operational areas. If noise levels consistently exceed the permissible exposure limit of 85 decibels over an eight-hour workday, or if employees experience significant noise exposures, a hearing conservation program should be implemented. This includes regular noise monitoring, employee training, audiometric testing, hearing protection provision and recordkeeping. Reach out to email@example.com to set up your noise survey!
Does OSHA have any new emphasis programs for 2023?
Yes. The new fall protection emphasis program will involve targeted inspections of workplaces that are most at risk for falls. OSHA will focus on enforcing compliance with fall protection standards, including proper use of personal protective equipment, such as harnesses and lanyards, and implementing proper procedures for working at heights. OSHA will be actively pursuing this. Reach out to SSG at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with your safety program.
What are the safety responsibilities for general or controlling contractors of a project?
Why is a time weighted average (TWA) required for hearing conservation programs?
A TWA is required to determine employees' noise exposure levels over time. It takes into account both the level and duration of exposure, providing a more comprehensive understanding of employees' actual noise exposure during a workday. Reach out to email@example.com to schedule your onsite noise assessment.
When do my employees need to be trained on a forklift?
How do I know the difference between requiring hearing protection vs implementing a Hearing Conservation Program?
Does OSHA require that I have a noise survey?
OSHA has an emphasis program targeting private businesses through 2026. If you have loud equipment & processes, you must conduct a full shift sound study to determine if your exposed employees are above or below the personal exposure limits allowed by OSHA. When noise levels are over an 8hr time weighted average of 85 decibels, a hearing conservation program must be implemented. If OSHA shows up and you have no dosimeter testing for full shift work, you will be cited. If you have not received a sound study, please reach out to us firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I know if my employees are required to be trained in First Aid & CPR?
When is a good time to conduct air quality testing at my facility or job site?
As colder weather approaches, many environments change because of the cold. Bay doors are closed and fans stop running. Where the possibility of breathing hazards exist, you must ensure each exposure has documented air sampling data. This would include testing for paint and welding fumes, most chemicals and dust. OSHA will be checking to ensure you have recent sampling data. Contact Summit Safety Group if you need onsite sampling in your operations.