Tag: OSHA

OSHA Cites TJX for Hazards at T.J. Maxx Store

On November 29, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it had cited TJX Companies, Inc., with two repeat violations and one serious violation, with proposed penalties totaling $239,290. Federal inspectors found merchandise stacked and stored unsafely at a Pooler, Georgia, T.J. Maxx store, exposing workers to struck-by hazards from falling boxes and preventing […]

Preparing for a Worksite Inspection

As a safety professional, there will come a time where all your efforts will be tested, examined, and critiqued by an external governing body. Just hearing the phrase “OSHA inspection” can bring anxiety and fear into the mix. Before you know it, you’re scrambling to find and organize all the relevant information you need to […]

Boston-Area Contractors Cited in Mezzanine Collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited two project contractors after a demolition contractor lost his legs when a concrete mezzanine platform on the west wall of a building at the former Boston Edison power plant in south Boston collapsed during demolition and asbestos abatement operations. Two other workers suffered injuries, the agency announced […]

Back to Basics: Dangers of the Retail Trade

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine safety in the retail trade. The Friday after Thanksgiving marks a tipping point for the retail sector: Black Friday, when most retailers’ accounts shift to profitability. The holiday shopping season also […]

Back to Basics: Spotlight on Indoor Air Quality

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine how to manage indoor air quality. How well are you managing the indoor air quality in your workspace? The biggest indoor air concerns for decades were exposure to radon, mold, and […]

Back to Basics: OSHA Top 10 Edition

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine OSHA’s top 10 most frequently cited violations in FY 2022. Every year, OSHA releases a list of the top 10 most violated workplace standards. Recently, Patrick Kapust, acting director of OSHA’s […]

Labor OIG: OSHA Did Not Protect Workers From COVID-19

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) did not sufficiently protect American workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concluded in an audit released October 31. An earlier OIG report found that OSHA reduced the number of inspections it conducted at a time when complaints increased […]

The Significance of Safety Signage

Signs are an important part of any workplace. They communicate critical information to workers and help keep everyone safe. But not all signs are created equal. If you want to make sure your workplace is as safe as possible, you need to use effective signage. There are a few key things to keep in mind […]

How Effective is Your Antiretaliation Program?

Do you have a robust antiretaliation program? Are you prepared for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) whistleblower investigation? OSHA has had whistleblower protection authority since its beginning. Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established protections for those who file safety and health complaints or participate in inspections or […]

Ohio Manufacturer Facing $1.2 Million OSHA Fine

On October 27, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it cited an Ohio manufacturer with eight willful violations, one repeat violation, six serious violations, and one other-than-serious violation after the company’s seventh severe worker injury in five years. Cited violations included exposing workers to machine hazards by failing to properly guard and lock […]