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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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New OSHA Regulations for Window Washing Anchors and Rope Descent Systems

By now, you’ve probably heard about OSHA’s revised Walking-Working Surfaces regulations.  Many of the articles published on this topic explore the deadlines to convert from ladder cages to ladder safety systems (we recently published an e-book that discusses the new ladder regulations).  Make no mistake—the revised fixed ladder requirements are significant, but the new OSHA regulations cover additional ground that will impact employers and property owners nationwide.    In this post, we’ll look at the new Walking-Working Surfaces regulations as they relate to the use rope descent systems (RDS) and window washing anchors. 

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OSHA Requirements for Guardrail and Safety Railing Compliance

osha logoOne of the more popular fall protection questions we receive relates to OSHA requirements for safety railing and guardrail systems.  Determined inquiring minds can consult OSHA’s revised Walking Working Surfaces ruling for general industry, but this can be a laborious process.  In the interest of time, here is OSHA’s official stance on guardrail for general industry applications….

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OSHA’s Revised Walking Working Surfaces Implementation Timeline

OSHA’s recent updates to its General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards will impact 112 million workers at 7 million workplaces.  According to OSHA estimates, the new Slips, Trips, and Falls regulations will prevent 29 fatalities and 5,842 lost-workday injuries every year.  If you are wondering about the timeline for implementing the new standards, we have a new post that may help…..

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Did You Know?

Using chain to guard any loading docks does not meet the OSHA regulation of a rail to be able to withstand a force of 200 pounds in any direction?