Safety Program Management
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In the past, many industries have violated the safety standards set by OSHA. However, the manufacturing safety industry has the top 10 OSHA violations for the whole year, out of any other industry. For instance, these violations included:
Total Manufacturing Workers (U.S.) = 1,455,000
U.S. Workers in Manufacturing = 5%
Percentage of TOTAL Workplace Fatalities = 8%
In 2018, there were 2,048 cases regarding machine guarding. Machine guarding prevents injuries and fatalities from moving parts of a machine. Standards vary by industry. But for manufacturing, employers must adhere to the standards set by OSHA. For example, the standards address how to use:
There were 1,356 cases that concerned LOTO in 2018. In general, workers in manufacturing work with dangerous equipment. So, a way to keep them safe is by using lockout/tagout. To clarify, LOTO is a way for employers to keep machines from running and causing injuries or deaths. In addition to LOTO, employers must choose an authorized person to perform repairs, assign locks and tags, control locks, and take off locks and tags on a machine.
Procedures of Lockout/Tagout
The chosen authorized person should:
Do not allow affected employees to enter the area until the authorized person:
Requirements for Locks and Tags
Locks keep equipment from running. And tags let affected employees know that the equipment is locked out. Locks and tags should always be used together and never removed by anyone other than the authorized person.
1,312 cases of hazard communication were reported in 2018. OSHA states that employers must come up with a hazard communication plan. Each plan must have the:
Ultimately, the employer is responsible for providing the correct information about the harmful chemicals that affected employees work with. Additionally, an SDS must be in a place that workers can easily find and use correctly. Finally, informing and training affected employees is the key to ensuring their safety. After the plan is put in place, employers must assess and adjust this plan as needed.
2018 consisted of 1,246 cases of improper respiratory protection. Employers must look out for their workers’ physical safety. But they must consider their health when working on the site.
General Rules for Respiratory Protection Programs
OSHA clearly states the general requirements for an employer to implement proper respiratory protection. For instance, employers must:
Respiratory Protection Programs in Manufacturing
The kind of work an employee does determines the type of respiratory protection they need. For instance, workers in the manufacturing industry need:
Overall, the constant changes in work environments lead to specific respiratory protection needs in the manufacturing industry.
The number of electrical cases in 2018 reached about 1,048. Since electrical and energized equipment is key in the manufacturing industry, employers must adhere to the standards set by OSHA. A few tips for employers to achieve this are to:
Powered industrial trucks (PITs) are mainly used to move objects. For example, forklifts are a type of PIT. PITs can be controlled by an operator or by a walking operator. Trucks that haul equipment on the road and earth-moving equipment are not power industrial trucks.
As power industrial trucks are quite dangerous to operate, there are a few hazards that both employers and workers should know. To specify:
To ensure workers’ safety, employers must know the type of truck and worksite, train employers properly, and only allow competent workers to operate these trucks.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is vital for workers in manufacturing. OSHA has specific requirements that must be met to ensure the safety of employees. For one, employers must train workers annually, or as needed, before workers use eye and face protection. Training must include the:
In addition, the most common types of eye and face protection include:
There were 349 cases of noise exposure violations in 2018. About 22 million workers work in places that put them at risk for damage from noise. As a result, the U.S. paid about $1.5 million to remedy these cases. A few tips to prevent noise exposure damage are:
Walking and working surfaces account for 267 cases in 2018. Falls are particularly common within this industry. So, employers must follow the rules set by OSHA. To clarify, they include:
265 cases in improper process safety management were reported in 2018. To combat this issue, employers must properly identify:
See OSHA’s list of highly hazardous chemicals here.
In short, workers in manufacturing are at risk of injuries and fatalities each time the step on the site. As a result, OSHA has put standards in place that require employers to keep them safe. Whether it is a machine guarding, training, or proper PPE use, employers must do everything they can to reduce the chances of workers hurting themselves on the job.