EHS Safety Solutions

November 2021 Newsletter

OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard – Vaccine Mandate

COVID-19Back in September, the Department of Labor announced they will issue an emergency temporary standard (ETS) that would require private employers with more than 100 employees to ensure all of their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19. On October 12th , OSHA delivered a draft of the ETS to the White House for final review and approval.

At this time, there is no definitive date as to when this standard will become effective, however, the expectation is that it will happen quickly.

Safety Reports is waiting until the standard becomes effective (assuming it does) before updating our Inspection App checklists to reflect the new requirements. When/if the standard goes into effect, we have the capability to quickly update our standard checklists (i.e., Construction, General Industry, etc.). We realize that this ETS does not apply to everyone, and if your company is exempt, you can either skip over the question in your checklist or turn it off through your administrative site.

Safety Reports Instruction Guides

Safety Reports has created a website with instructions on how to use various features/customizations that are built into our system. These instructions address the most frequently asked questions for each of our seven (7) apps, including our Administrative site.

Click below to view our Instruction Guides.

Checklist Updates

As always, we are constantly updating our checklists to reflect current/relevant regulatory standards. If you use our General Industry CalOSHA checklist, you will notice that we added 5 new categories and updated several of the existing questions. New categories include: Aerial Platforms, Bloodborne Pathogens, Combustible Dust, Rope Descent and Walking/Working Surfaces.

New Checklist Coming Soon! We are currently working on developing a new checklist for Industrial Robotics and expect to have that ready before the end of this year.

App Updates

We are expecting to release a significant update to our Inspection App towards
the latter half of November or early December. One of the most noteworthy
changes with this new release will impact how users annotate photos in the
app.

Instead of placing a circle in the image and only having the option to adjust the
size, you will now have the option to relocate the circle on the photo. The same
is true for arrows that are placed on an image, you can move the arrow to the
correct location. We will keep you updated as we get close to rolling out this
new version.

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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 proposes $300K in fines after inspection finds workers endangered at Missouri nutrition production plant.
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US Department of Labor cites Valmont Coatings for exposing workers to crushing, other safety hazards after investigation into employee’s death.
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US Department of Labor cites Ohio paint manufacturer for workplace safety failures following explosion that killed one, injured 8 workers.
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US Department of Labor proposes $136K in fines after worker at Tootsie Roll manufacturing plant suffers amputation injury.
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OSHA QuickTakes

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

OSHA releases a public service announcement (1 minute YouTube video) to help increase awareness on heat illness prevention.
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OSHA’s new fact sheet explains how workers can protect their right to raise workplace health and safety concerns relating to COVID-19 without fear of retaliation.
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The OSHA Technical Manual now provides updated information on robot system safety in workplaces.
Workplace suicides continued to rise in 2019. We have mental health resources for dealing with work-related stress. 
 
Join our effort to increase awareness and promote workplace safety and health resources for teen workers, and help us share this information with teens, parents, teachers, and employers.
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nonprofit healthcare system in Kansas reduced injuries and workers’ compensation costs with the help of OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program
 
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Katie Kassel
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