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OSHA Inspection Tips

By Susen Trail in Good Safety Practices


The following tips are from 16 years in OSHA standard enforcement/consultation:

  1. Identify who should be notified when an OSHA officer shows up, never leave it to chance who presents your safety culture. Set up policy and procedure to get the officer to your designated person...

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Effective Safety Records Management

By Susen Trail in Good Safety Practices


OSHA is at the door, where did we put the sampling results from last year?


It is not unusual for an employer to be aware of the employee exposure sampling requirements of standards such as 1910.95 Occupational Noise Exposure, or 1910.1026 Hexavalent Chromium.  However,...

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OSHA's Electronic Reporting Still Not Decided

By Mike Harper in Good Safety Practices


The OSHA electronic recordkeeping roller coaster continues!  A couple of years ago, OSHA had indicated that they were going to require employers to submit electronic versions of their 300, 300A and 301 forms into their Injury Tracking Application (ITA).  Last year, they reversed...

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OSHA Injury Tracking Application Reporting

By Susen Trail in Good Safety Practices


I am still getting questions about OSHA’s Information Tracking Application, ITA, Electronic Reporting Requirements. 



  1. Who has to report?
  2. What do you have to report?
  3. How do you report?
  4. What if I missed the March...

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Simplified Personal Protective Equipment Compliance

By Susen Trail in Good Safety Practices


In this article we'll present a simplified summary of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Compliance. We'll outline what is covered, what is not covered, what is and is not required of you, the employer.

Standard, 1910.132, addresses protective equipment, including personal protective...

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Personal Protective Equipment Safe Use and General Selection Practices

By Susen Trail in Good Safety Practices


  1. Aprons and other items of reusable Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, stored inside a chemical mix room or work area is an unsafe work practice because both sides of the PPE are exposed to airborne chemicals, such as vapors or gases, and become contaminated. Both the side...

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Effective Employee Training for Loss Prevention and Compliance

By Susen Trail in Good Safety Practices


Part 1: Providing the Right Information

I can't tell you how many times I had to write the following violation of the Hazard Communication standard when I was in OSHA standard enforcement.

Code Section(s) Violated: 1910.1200(h)(1) Employers shall provide employees...

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Ingenious Idea for Bloodborne Pathogens Issue

By Susen Trail in Good Safety Practices


Do you have a Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan or an Exposure Plan?

Exposure Plans state that mouth pipetting/suctioning of blood or other potentially infectious materials, OPIM, is prohibited. For businesses that don't pipette blood this sentence is proof of a violation of...

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