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February 2022 Newsletter

Safety Incident App V2

We recently released an update to our Safety Incident App V2.7.  If you are using this app, please be sure to update your mobile devices.  It’s available for download from the Apple Store and Google Play.  Like the Inspection App, this update improves the overall app performance and efficiency.  There is an upgrade to the photo editing tool and you can now view “Safety Docs” from the app by selecting the hamburger menu (3 horizontal lines) in the upper left corner of the app.

In addition to the mobile version, there is also a web version you can use in conjunction with the mobile version.  Both the mobile and web version sync in real time.  If interested in using the web version, click here.

VSR

We wanted to remind our subscribers, especially in light of the recent uptrick in COVID cases, that our Inspection, Incident and Forms apps give you the ability to work remotely.  We have integrated our Virtual Safety Reports (VSR) into these apps.  So, if you can’t get to a worksite to do an onsite inspection, you can use VSR and conduct the inspection from your home or office.  The same holds for the Incident App, if you have an incident occur and can’t get to the location to conduct an investigation, just use the VSR feature and do it remotely.  Our Forms app allows you to complete surveys or assessments remotely as well.  If you have questions about this feature and need more information, please be sure to contact our Support staff.

Inspection App Troubleshooting

The most common support issue we field at Safety Reports has to do with our Inspection App.  This is no doubt related to the fact that it’s our most used app.  But, it also has to do with the numerous databases that are needed to provide the customization that our customers expect.

Administrators are the ones who make the changes (i.e., add new jobs to Job Bank, update companies or Responsible Parties, modify checklists, add cc’s, etc.) that provide the users with the information they need to complete their inspections.  And, depending on the types of changes that Administrators make, they often times need to be downloaded to the mobile device for it to perform properly.

So, if you experience any issues with our Inspection app, we recommend that you do the following: 1) force close the app and reopen it, and 2) Download your Default Databases.  We find that these steps resolve the vast majority of inspection app issues, especially those related to the databases used in the app.  If these steps don’t resolve the issue, please contact our Support staff.

Administrative Features

Did you know that you can set up Account Administrators and only give them access to specific menu functions? Each of our menu functions can be chosen ala-carte per Administrator. Our Limited Admin Guide lists our seven applications and shows the menu functions available for each product.

If you have people in your organization that you would like to give access to your Admin Account, but with limited functionality, let your Support Specialist know and they will help you get set up. This can be a great way to delegate responsibilities to help ease your workload in 2022!

Assign “Responsible Parties” to Positive Observations

We have had several requests to allow inspectors to assign “Positive” observations to “Responsible Parties” in our Inspection App.  This would allow you to track both positive and negative observations per “Responsible Party” (i.e., Sub-contractors, Superintendents, Department Leads, etc.).  Being able to monitor Responsible Party’s from both a positive and negative observation perspective will give you better analytics to gage performance.  We expect to have this available in March or April 2022.

Checklist Update

We continue to update our checklists to the most current available standards (both federal and state).  Fortunately, there has not been very many updates to make over the past month.  

However, we do want to point out that we have two (2) new checklists slated to be released later this year.  The new checklists are: General Industry (Oregon) and a couple EPA/RCRA checklists.

OSHA Enforcement

OSHA Enforcement Activity

OSHA enforcement activity is on the rise and so are penalties for non-compliance. Following are just a few examples:

US Department of Labor secures $1M settlement with New Jersey aluminum foundry to resolve long-standing worker safety, health violations.
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Contractor faces possible incarceration for failing to abide by court’s orders after willfully, repeatedly subjecting roofing workers to serious safety hazards
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US Department of Labor cites chemical company after two workers die, one sickened following exposure to respiratory hazards
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US Department of Labor cites two contractors after 25-foot fall fatally injures one carpenter, seriously injures another at Bradenton Beach project
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US Department of Labor finds Idaho utility contractor put workers at risk by failing to provide lifesaving training on excavation hazards
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US Department of Labor finds federal helium enrichment unit failed to follow safe chemical handling procedures in Amarillo, Texas
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OSHA

OSHA QuickTakes

Stay on top of the latest OSHA news, initiatives, and products to help identify and prevent workplace hazards.

Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued a statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on OSHA’s emergency temporary standard on coronavirus vaccination and testing.
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Specific employers must submit required 2021 injury and illness data by March 2.
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On Jan. 16, OSHA civil penalties increased based on 2022 cost-of-living adjustments.
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The Maritime Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health will meet on Feb. 15. Public comments must be submitted by Feb. 8.
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