Category archive of ORC HSE Viewpoints
A question I receive frequently is “Why does the OSHA setting of a standard take so long?” The reasons are many. Multiple requirements – statutory, legislative, judicial, and administrative – combine to slow the standards development process.
Over the last several years ORC HSE has received enquiries from member companies in regard to excessive document requests at the beginning of an OSHA inspection. In some cases the requests by the Agency for documents and copies of programs will run two or more pages in length. These requests are provided to the employer during the opening conference. The concerns raised by ORC HSE member companies is that the requests seem open-ended, are very long, and contain requests for information that do not appear to be at all related to the reason and scope of the OSHA inspection as explained by the compliance officer. According to these companies the time involved to produce the items asked for would be excessive, especially for a limited scope inspection.
In 1996, ORC HSE (formerly ORC) visited the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on behalf of several member companies to request that the agency limit OSHA compliance safety and health officers’ practice of asking to see employer self-audits during the normal course of their inspections.
We are very excited to announce that one of the world’s foremost experts on incident causation and human error, Sidney Dekker, will provide unique opportunity to learn and interact with him at our OSH Group meeting on February 6, 2019. Dr. Dekker’s ideas have created a revolution in thinking throughout the safety world…
A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has dealt a serious blow to OSHA’s long-standing authority in determining the appropriate scope of safety and health inspections.
ORC HSE Partner Steve Newell and colleagues have submitted comments on OSHA’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” that appeared in the July 30 Federal Register.
Cardinal Rules have been around for a long time and can go by a variety of names, such as Golden Safety Rules, fundamental rules, critical rules, etc. Simply put, they are usually a set of rules about the behavior of frontline employees that the employer has identified as important to good safety performance and accident prevention in their operations. Some can be common across companies like “always de-energize equipment before working on it”, while others may be very specific to a particular company and its operations. Historically, they have often been implemented with some form of “zero tolerance” policy that says something like “if you violate these rules you will be disciplined, up to and including termination”.
An Amazon Fulfillment Center is contesting an Other-than-Serious (OTS) citation with a $1,000 penalty for not meeting all of the requirements in the personal protective equipment (PPE) hazard assessment regulation – specifically 29 CFR 1910.132(d)(2). Ask almost any EHS professional and they will say, of course we know PPE hazard assessments are required. What may be forgotten, however, is the level of documentation that is also required.
This webinar will discuss the most prevalent cognitive biases affecting how we process information and make decisions in the workplace, explain how they work, and review steps that can be taken to protect ourselves and our organizations from them.
Join us Thursday, June 28, 2018, 10:00 – 11:30 am Eastern Time
Did you miss the opportunity to attend the 2018 HOP Summit, held in Houston, TX on Feb. 27 – Mar. 1, 2018? Do you want to learn about Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) and how this risk-based operating philosophy is a key part of achieving safety and operational excellence? Then this webinar is for you!!