Process Safety Management: Is Your Retail Exemption Going Away?

For employers that handle small quantities of highly hazardous chemicals or large quantities of flammable liquids or gases, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) process safety management (PSM) standard (29 CFR 1910.119) imposes extensive requirements on the handling of those substances. Until July 2015, many employers were avoiding the need to comply with those […]

OSHA’s Regulatory Agenda ‘Aggressive’ with 29 Rulemakings

In all, OSHA’s ambitious regulatory agenda sets out action on 29 rulemakings. Here are the highlights. Final rule stage. Final rules expected this year or later: Occupational injury and illness recording and requirements—NAICS update and reporting revisions. OSHA anticipates a final rule in June 2014 that would update the list of industries partially exempt from […]

2014 Budget Fully Funds OSHA’s Enforcement Activities

By Emily Clark, Safety Editor With OSHA primed with funds for enforcement in 2014, it’s wise for employers to closely examine workplace compliance with OSHA standards. The latest budget signed into law by President Obama includes $552.2 million in funding for OSHA, including approximately $208 million for enforcement. Although the total amount falls $18.3 million […]

A Simple Approach to Computing Incident Rates and Severity

Computing accident incidence rates and severity can help analyze and correct conditions that cause accidents. A simple formula for calculating accident incidence (frequency) is to: Take the total number of recordable incidents for the year from your OSHA 300. Multiply that number by 200,000, which represents the number of hours worked by 100 full-time employees, […]