Wednesday, September 2, 2009

OSHA log is a uniform way of providing information

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance involves maintaining several mandatory written programs and records. The following is a management checklist of five of the most common written programs and records that an OSHA inspector might ask to see.

1. OSHA 300 Log--If you have 10 or more employees, you need to keep an OSHA 300 Log (29CFR1904). The OSHA log is a uniform way of providing information to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Make sure that whoever is in charge of keeping your OSHA 300 Log reads and understands the OSHA guidelines. In many cases, good case management and knowledge of the record-keeping rules can save you a recordable injury.

2. Lockout/Tagout Program--The purpose of a lockout/tagout program (CFR1910.147) is to ensure the safety of personnel by preventing equipment activation anytime maintenance or repair work is being performed. Programs must be designed to protect the safety of employees working on, or close to, equipment with the potential for unexpected operation, movement, release of energy, or release of hazardous materials.

3. Process Safety--OSHA's Process Safety Management Standard (CFR1910. 119) establishes requirements that employers Thermal Spray Society Safety Committee must follow to prevent catastrophic losses associated with certain chemical processes. Some of these requirements include employee training, prestart safety reviews, mechanical integrity inspections, and emergency planning and response. The standard applies to any process involving one or more of the listed highly hazardous chemicals (such as ammonia, hydrochloric and hydrofluoric acids, hydrogen, and propylene) at or above the threshold quantity, or any process that involves a flammable liquid or gas in a quantity of 10,000 lb or more.

4. Emergency Action Plan--OSHA requires that action plans (CFR1910.38) be in writing and cover actions that designated employers and employees are expected to take to ensure employee safety from fire and other emergencies. The plans should identify potential emergency situations and convey to employees just what their responses should be.

5. Respirator Program--If respirators are necessary in your workplace to protect the health of employees, you must establish and implement a written respiratory protection program (CFR1910.134) with work site-specific procedures. The program must be updated as necessary to reflect changes in workplace conditions affecting respirator use.

Source Citation:"Written programs an OSHA inspector may ask to see: thermal spray society safety committee.(SAFETY REVIEW)(Occupational Safety and Health Administration)." Advanced Materials & Processes 167.8 (August 2009): 45(1). Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 2 Sept. 2009

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