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An Introduction to OSHA’s Local Emphasis Programs

The U.S. government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to protect American workers from dangers in the workplace. To address issues that affect workers on a more local or regional level, OSHA started Local Emphasis Programs, or LEPs. These programs typically focus on a major industry within a region where injuries are prevalent.  The enforcement strategies for these programs are designed and implemented at the regional and/or area OSHA office levels, so a program undertaken in your region for your industry will likely result in closer scrutiny and a more prevalent period of safety inspections.

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OSHA Increases Fines for 2018

Creating a safe work environment by having your workers trained on and use proper fall prevention and fall protection equipment on rooftops and at heights throughout your company is a basic obligation. If you are not following the regulations however, and OSHA pays a planned or unexpected visit – this can be a costly mistake.

On January 2, 2018, OSHA increased its fines by 2% in keeping with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015. That piece of legislation raised fine levels by 78% in 2016 and allows OSHA to increase their fines to match inflation by January 15th of each year.

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How To Get Your Fall Protection Budget Approved

Let’s assume you have contacted a fall protection company about a fall hazard at your facility. They have completed the site visit and proposed a viable solution, but you fear your funding won’t be approved by your management team.  If this scenario sounds familiar, you aren’t alone. The good news is that using language that resonates with management improves your odds of approval by leaps and bounds.  Here’s why…

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Rooftop Guardrail vs. Horizontal Lifelines–What’s The Best Option?

Last month, we did a post titled “Why A Horizontal Lifeline May Be The Wrong Solution.”  The teaser title was click bait, but if you took the time to read the article, you came away with a simple explanation:  horizontal lifelines aren’t appropriate for low fall clearance applications where the worker can impact the ground before the system arrests the fall.  This month, we’ll compare and contrast two common solutions for rooftop applications–guardrail and horizontal lifelines.

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Portable Access Stair Systems

When most of our clients hear the phrase portable access stair systems, their minds immediately conjure up images of the wheeled, heavy duty access stair systems used to access road and rail tankers, but what are the available options when you need something lighter and more cost-effective?

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Did You Know?

All skylights are considered an opening and therefore must be protected from a fall exposure?