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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Weekly Safety News Briefs

A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety related news that came out during the week ending January 5th.


2012 OSHA Recordkeeping Annual Summary Must Be Posted By February 1, 2013

The following is from the Fisher and Phillips LLP blog.

In 2012, OSHA expanded its focus and increased the number of citations involving its recordkeeping standard.

All employers maintaining the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 300 Logs for workplace injuries and illnesses pursuant to OSHA’s recordkeeping standard must post their 2012 annual summary by February 1, 2013.  Employers must utilize the annual summary form (form 300A) when complying with the posting requirements. The form is available for downloading from the OSHA website.

Additional details about the annual recordkeeping summary, that are frequently misunderstood or overlooked and which can cause trouble, are available in the blog post (click here).


OSHA issues 2012 inspection plan to reduce injuries and illnesses at high-hazard workplaces

OSHA has issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2012 program to direct enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.

The SST program is one of OSHA's main programmed inspection plans for high-hazard, non-construction workplaces that have 20 or more workers. The SST plan is based on data collected from a survey of 80,000 establishments in high-hazard industries.

As part of the SST-12 program, OSHA is conducting a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the program based on 1,260 randomly selected establishments.

For the 2012 SST, OSHA's Nursing and Personal Care Facilities National Emphasis Program will conduct programmed inspections of nursing and personal care establishments, unlike previous years when these inspections fell under the SST program.

In addition to the SST program, OSHA implements both national and local emphasis inspection programs, which include programmed inspections, to target high-risk hazards and industries. OSHA currently has 11 National Emphasis Programs that intensify inspections on hazards or industries such as lead, silica, shipbreaking, trenching/excavations and process safety management, and approximately 140 Regional and Local Emphasis Programs.


The following is an editorial article about MSHA mine safety regulations

The opening paragraph states:

"Mine safety regulations, or the lack thereof, are all too often written or not written to advance the popularity and electability of politicians rather than the safety of coal miners. The popular phrase politicians love to use after a mine tragedy is that 'we must make sure this never happens again.' Typically they then pass a bunch of laws requiring more paperwork, more inspections, more government inspectors and more legal liabilities for mine supervisors. This is often done without knowledge or regard for what happened or how it might be prevented from happening again."

The article is in a blog about reforming the government's approach to safety. 

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Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending January 5th
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending December 24th
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending December 15th

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