Since It Is the Law - 04/30/2018

Safety E-QuickTips

U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.

Monday, April 30, 2018

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Safety E-QuickTips is a weekly email designed to help Employers and Employees start their week with a short thought about safety in the workplace.

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Since It Is the Law

Have you ever run across someone in your industry who wants to make sure that you know just how smart they are? But as they keep talking you realize that they are more of a legend in their own mind?

Well, this week it happened to us.

As many of you know we prepare safety programs for clients that need to meet third party prequalification requirements like ISNetworld, Avetta, Browz and more.

On occasion after our clients submit their safety program for review, they are asked to provide an additional safety topic or two.For the first time ever we were told that our client’s safety program contained too much information.

As safety consultants I can say we are always trying to make sure our safety programs provide our clients a quick and easy way to meet OSHA and jobsite requirements, with an emphasis on OSHA compliance – since It Is the Law.

That being the case we design our programs to meet the General Duty Clause of the United States Occupational Safety and Health Act (Federal OSHA) 29 U.S.C. § 654, 5(a)1 that sates: “Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees."

We also take into consideration the fact the employers can be cited by OSHA under the Multi-Employer Citation Policy which allows OSHA to cite employers as a:

  • Creating employers – Employers that create a hazardous condition.
  • Exposing employers – Employers whose own employees are exposed to a hazard.
  • Correcting employers – Employers responsible for correcting a hazard.
  • Controlling employers – Employers who have general supervisory authority over the worksite, including the power to correct safety and health violations or require others to correct them.

By working to meet these two requirements we believe our safety programs meet the letter of the law.

So back to my story.

While communicating with the person who was reviewing our clients’ safety program for approval, we were at a loss as to why he was asking for items to be removed from the safety program that clearly represented hazards their employees could have been exposed to on a multi-employer jobsite.

To help clarify our position we provided him information regarding OSHA’s General Duty Clause and their Multi-Employer Citation Policy and how it applied to the way our clients’ safety program was developed – which all seemed to fall on deaf ears.

Why did we feel this way?

Because rather than providing us with any information to substantiate why he felt certain safety topics should be removed from our client’s program, the reviewer provided us with an understanding of how many safety inspections he had done and safety programs he had reviewed over the years.

Although sometimes we feel we are up against a brick wall, I’m confident that we will get this worked out and our client approved.

But more importantly, I was thinking if a person who reviews safety programs for a living doesn’t have a clear understanding of what OSHA expects of employers, then maybe some of you who don’t deal with safety as your main job might find this information helpful.

So please take a look at OSHA’s General Duty clause and the link regarding the Multi-Employer Citation Policy to make sure you are in compliance with regulations.

If you have any questions email me at keith@uscompliancesystems.com or call me at 1-888-475-5353.

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Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!

Contact Information

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U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Phone: 1-888-475-5353
Fax: 1-888-925-5353
Website: www.uscompliancesystems.com
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If you have just received your first Safety E-QuickTip or just want to take a look at past issues, check out our Safety E-QuickTips Archive Page on our website.

If you know of someone or a company that might benefit from receiving Safety E-QuickTips, please take a moment to share this with them so they can sign-up today.

Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!

Contact Information

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Phone: 1-888-475-5353
Fax: 1-888-925-5353
Website: www.uscompliancesystems.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Receive Safety E-Quick Tips First Thing Monday Morning 4:30 EST

Quick Links...
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Customized Online Safety Programs
Online 1 Hour Safety Training
Workplace Safety Posters