About the Author:This blog post is authored by guest author Dan Cieslak, a Claims Services Consultant for Westfield Insurance. Dan is based out of our Lake Mary, FL service office but his territory is basically the footprint of Westfield. He oversees some of Westfield's largest accounts. Dan has 35 years of claim experience primarily in the Mid Market and Special Risk arena. His professional designations include a Senior Claims Law Associate from the American Educational Institute.
I saw a recent article from J.J. Keller that I found interesting. The article listed general industry regulations that require written safety/emergency plans. Written plans are required when OSHA considers a safety or health hazard to be serious. The plan generally requires written documentation on the steps an employer takes to counteract the hazard.
For many of you, not all of these plans will be applicable to your business. For those that apply, you need to make certain that your written plans meet all the OSHA required elements specified in the regulations.
This list by J.J. Keller was in order based on the most-violated to the least-violated plans. Hazard communication was the most violated area due to the lack of a written plan or a plan that did not meet all the OSHA requirements.
• Hazard communication – 1910.1200(e)
• Lockout/tagout (energy control procedures) – 1910.147(c)(4)
• Respiratory protection – 1910.134(c)(1)
• Process safety management – 1910.119(d),(e)(1),(f)(1),(j)(1),(m)(4),(o)(3)
• Personal protective equipment (hazard assessment) – 1910.132(d)
• Bloodborne pathogens – 1910.130(c)
• Emergency action plans – 1910.38(b)
• Permit-required confined spaces – 1910.146(c)(4)
• Hazardous waste operations and emergency response – 1910.120(b)(1),(l)(1) (p)(1),(q)(1)
• Electrical safety (assured equipment grounding conductor program and lockout/tagout procedures for work with energized parts) – 1910.304(b)(3)(ii) and 1910.333(b)(2)(i)
• Fire prevention plans – 1910.39(b)
• Laboratory standard (chemical hygiene plan) – 1910.1450(e)
• Commercial diving operations (safety practices manual) 1910.420
• Powered platforms for building maintenance (emergency action plan) -01910.66(e)(9)
For further information on these and other safety regulations, please go to OSHA at www.osha.gov Select the Regulations tab and search a specific regulation you are interested in.