Comprehensive OSHA Services
Optimum Safety Management provides complete OSHA safety-related services including incident response, OSHA inspection and compliance assistance, along with OSHA training courses and certification, including Spanish language.
Did you know that OSHA is getting tougher on the enforcement of its regulations? Optimum’s 30-Hour course covers personal protective equipment, hazard communication, excavation safety, fall protection, stairways and ladders, concrete and masonry construction, electrical safety, safety management systems, job hazard analysis, legal liability issues, and much more.
What is OSHA?
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration was created when Congress ratified the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Created to help employers and employees reduce the amount of on the job injuries, illnesses, and deaths, OSHA is the governing body for all matters of occupational safety and health for the private sector.
Since OSHA was created, workplace deaths have been cut by more than 65 percent, and occupational injuries and illnesses have declined by over 67 percent.
OSHA made approximately 94,000 citations in 2015, with the top ten as follows:
- Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
- Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
- Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
- Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
- Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305)
- Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212)
- Personal Protective Equipment, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.132)
- Guarding Floor and Wall Openings and Holes (29 CFR 1910.23)
- Occupational Noise Exposure (29 CFR 1910.95)
- OSH Act General Duty (5Aooo1)
Preparing for an OSHA Inspection
OSHA rarely gives advance notice, meaning you should always be prepared. A company should be able to identify the likelihood of an inspection by understanding the priorities under which OSHA inspects:
- Imminent danger situations that require correction as soon as possible.
- Accident investigations where the employer has notified the agency of a fatality or catastrophe.
- Inspections that must take place after regular business hours or that require special preparation.
- Cases where notice is required to ensure that the employer and employee representative or other personnel will be present.
- Cases where an inspection must be delayed for more than 5 working days when there is good cause.
- Situations in which the OSHA Area Director determines that advance notice would produce a more thorough or effective inspection.