Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal organization that serves to ensure safe and healthy working conditions by enforcing standards and providing workplace safety training. OSHA's annual announcement of the top 10 Top most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2016 was focused on injury protection and subsequent workplace safety. It will help identify the hazards employers want to avoid and provide safety excellence in the coming year.
#1 OSHA Violation: Fall Protection (OSHA 1926.501)
This standard outlines where fall protection is required, which systems are appropriate for given situations, the proper construction and installation of safety systems, and the proper supervision of employees to prevent falls. It is designed to protect employees on walking/working surfaces (horizontal or vertical) with an unprotected side or edge above 6 feet.
Fall protection equipment provides safety and security to workers in warehouses, at construction sites, on roofs and other height related jobs. With more than 6,000 violations cited in 2016, it is important to ensure that your fall protections equipment meets all required OSHA and ANSI standards for safe use in work environments. Components are made using high quality materials for strength, long lasting durability and dependable performance. Fall protection Vast selection includes Harnesses, Horizontal and Vertical Lifelines, Ladder Safety Systems, Lanyards, Rope Grabs, Self-Retracting Lifeline Systems and more to meet job safety requirements.
Keep workers suspended in the upright position during a fall and offer additional support while workers wait for assistance. Made of strong polyester, nylon or Kevlar material for long lasting performance. Harnesses are designed for adjustability and universal fit to accommodate most workers.
A lanyard is flexible webbing, synthetic or wire rope used to secure a safety belt or full body harness to a lifeline or anchor. Made of strong nylon, polyester or steel for reliable performance and safety. Positioning, restraint and shock-absorbing lanyards available to meet specific workplace requirements.
Include the most common fall protection system components to fit a variety of environments and applications. Available kits include roofers’ kits and safety rescue kits as well as fall protection kits for construction workers, utility workers and other height related professions.
Allow freedom of movement while providing protection against falls. Lifeline feeds out slowly and locks when jerked (like a seatbelt) to ensure safe and reliable use. Quick acting speed sensing brake system activates at once significantly reducing the risk of hitting the ground.
Call us today, so we can help determine your fall protection needs as well as OSHA standards and requirements. Specify work applications where fall protection equipment will be used and discuss potential fall distance and fall clearance. We’ll help determine what connecting device is needed and what anchorage point should be used. We also carry tool lanyards, confined space rescue systems and mobile fall arrest systems.
Miller by Honeywell
Capital Safety/3M Fall Protection (aka DBI/SALA) & Protecta)
Guardian Fall Protection
#2 OSHA Violation: Hazard Communication (OSHA 1910.1200)
This standard addresses chemical hazards in the workplace and those imported into the workplace. It also governs the communication of those hazards to workers, training and maintaining safety.
OSHA requires all employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces to prepare and implement a hazard communication program. There were 5,665 violations in 2016, so it is crucial to provide specific criteria for labeling all hazardous materials containers, with required Safety Data Sheets so employers offer effective training programs for all potentially exposed employees. On June 1, 2016 all workplace labeling and hazard communications programs were required to be updated and employee training needs to be completed to match these new standards. Global offers signs, GHS labels and Right-to-Know SDS communications to help employers comply with the deadlines for implementing these changes.
Help comply with OSHA and hazard communication standards. Signs are constructed of high-quality materials for long lasting durability and dependability. Brightly colored easy-to-see messages and universal symbols ensure employees are aware of potential hazards. ANSI, Bilingual and DOT styles also available.
Convey information about potential hazards inside containers. Labels include universal pictograms that symbolize potential hazard. Posters, labels and signs available to help comply with new updated OSHA standards. CD-Rom courses also available to provide training on proper GHS labeling procedures.
Right To Know/SDS Communication
Keep workplace safety information close at hand. Made of durable steel, acrylic or polystyrene material for long lasting use and dependability. Wide selection of wall mounted rack units with or without backing, Tri-Lingual or English SDS binders or 3-ring binder racks available to meet specific workplace needs.
Determine your hazard communication needs, OSHA requirements and read about the new GHS communication standards. All GHS standard updates should have been satisfied by June 1, 2016. What hazardous materials might be around, where are they stored and how are they shipped. Are SDS labels needed? Are they updated? Global has GHS training materials to help ensure you comply with the updated requirements.
National Marker Company
#3 OSHA Violation: Scaffolding (OSHA 1926.451)
This standard covers general safety requirements for scaffolding, which should be designed by a qualified person and constructed and loaded in accordance with that design. Employers are legally bound to protect construction workers from falls and falling objects while working on or near scaffolding at heights of 10 feet or higher.
Maintaining OSHA standards in scaffolding requires general safety measures which should be designed by a qualified person. With 3,900 cited violations in 2016, employers are legally bound to protect construction workers from falls and falling objects while working on or near scaffolding at heights of 10 feet or higher. Among other things, scaffolding is a guardrail system for any accidental fall or fall arrest, and provides an adequate firm foundation for employees at work as well as general workplace safety. Scaffolding stage platforms are used for a variety of applications including construction, electrical, residential and more.
Scaffolding is a temporary structure used to support a work crew and materials to aid in construction, maintenance and repair of buildings, bridges and other tall structures. Heights can be adjusted by a single user without tools. Includes guardrails, toeboards and outriggers with locking casters for added safety and stability.
Stage platforms are used for a variety of applications including construction, electrical, residential and more. Platforms allow single or multi-use accessibility for elevated jobsites. Platforms can be re-configured into multiple layouts for various jobs. System provides easy assembly with no tools required. Aluminum construction provides long lasting durability and corrosion resistance for weather protection.
First steps include determining your needs. What will the scaffolding be used for, construction, renovation or maintenance work? Is the unit being used for an outdoor or indoor application? Some scaffolds are easily assembled for transportation and installation. Most units offer locking casters for mobility and stability. What is the maximum capacity requirement. Will scaffolding platforms be used for high elevation applications? Lastly, always have the proper fall protection to ensure the safety of your employees.
Fortress Industries Green Bull®
#4 OSHA Violation: Respiratory Protection (OSHA 1910.134)
This standard directs employers to establish and maintain a respiratory protection program. It lists requirements for program administration; worksite-specific procedures; respirator selection, employee training; fit testing; medical evaluation; respirator use and respirator cleaning, maintenance and repair.
Establishing and maintaining a respiratory protection program is vital for an employer to effectively comply with OSHA regulations. Respirators protect employees against the inhalation of vapors, gases and hazardous materials for various applications including laboratories, hospitals, doctor's offices, manufacturing facilities and more. Units allow stability for both oil and non-oil containing environments. Respirators conform comfortably to face providing user convenience and security.
3M™ Face Mask Cartridge Respirators
Cartridge respirators protect against inhalation of hazardous materials in laboratories, pharmaceutical, chemical and manufacturing facilities. Respirators are made of silicone or thermoplastic elastomer material for long lasting durability and dependability. Protects against various organic vapors and gases. Cartridges and filters sold separately and must be in accordance with OSHA, NIOSH and the manufacturer.
3M™ Protective Respirator Masks
Masks offer respiratory protection for various applications including construction, sanding, doctor's offices and more. Fiber construction provides long lasting durability and dependability. Designed to protect against oil and non-oil containing environments. Metal nosepiece secures respirator comfortably to face. Cool flow valve offers easy exhalation. Braided headband provides additional comfort and stability. Available types vary per model.
Identify and evaluate possible respiratory hazards. Find out what kind of particles are in your environment in order to determine the best respirator mask for you and your company. For example, oil and non-oil based particles are often found in agricultural, petrochemical and construction sites. This is where you need an R or P series respirator. For a substance specific or welding application, we suggest an N series respirator.
You also need to determine the temperature of the working environment. It is hot and humid? Do you need ozone or nuisance level reduction? Do you need a respirator with a face seal? Remember that this is about you being able to breathe freely and safely in various working environments, so you need to know about the working environment in order to make the correct respirator purchase.
North® by Honeywell
The Safety Zone
#5 OSHA Violation: Lockout/Tagout (OSHA 1910.147)
This standard outlines minimum performance requirements for the control of hazardous energy during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment.
Lockout/Tagout devices help prevent worker injuries during machine maintenance, service and repairs. OSHA cited 3,406 violations in 2016 so it is more important than ever to ensure that all Lockout/Tagout products are made using high quality materials for long lasting durability and safety. Strong shackles, bright colors and easy-to-read messages clearly identify that a machine is turned off, cannot be started and is ready for service. Lockout/Tagout helps comply with the OSHA regulations (Standard 1910.147). Product selection includes Lockout Padlocks, Lockout Hasps, Lockout Tags, Lockout Devices and Lockout Kits.
Are essential components for any OSHA compliant lockout program. Feature durable construction with high quality materials for long lasting performance. Available in Keyed Different or Keyed Alike sets and various shackle sizes for project specific needs.
Lockout Hasps & Group Lockout
Allow more than one worker to lock out the same energy source. Made of spark resistant aluminum, dielectric nylon or strong steel for long lasting durability and performance. Some hasps include reusable, write-on safety labels to identify responsible personnel. Product selection includes lockout hasps and group lock boxes.
Communicates the name and date of individual/employee pre-forming the lockout/tagout procedure. Constructed of laminated vinyl, Tyvek or polypropylene materials for long lasting durability and tear resistance. Wide variety of OSHA/ANSI compliant headers available to meet specific workplace requirements.
Lockout circuit breakers, valves, plugs and more during routine maintenance to comply with OSHA's lockout/tagout standard. Constructed of high quality materials for long lasting durability and dependable performance. Brightly colored devices include easy-to-see warning messages for additional safety. Lockout devices for valves, electrical breakers, steering wheels, gas cylinders and compressed air connections available. Document storage boxes are also listed to keep lockout procedures, manuals, compliance information and other paperwork close at hand and damage free.
Include various configurations of padlocks, tags, hasps, lockout devices and more to comply with OSHA standards for a compliant safety lockout program. All components are made from high quality materials for long lasting durability and performance. Portable and wall mount kits and centers listed to meet specific workplace needs.
Determine your lockout/tagout needs by reviewing OSHA standards and requirements. There are specific work applications where lockout/tagout equipment will be used. How many employees will be involved in the lockout procedure. What specific components are to be locked out (circuit breakers, valves, electrical connections, etc.). In order to comply with OSHA’s regulations, proper identification is required for each employee involved in the lockout procedure. Global carries tags and labels to easily communicate employee information and provide visual warnings.
#6 OSHA Violation: Powered Industrial Trucks (OSHA 1910.178)
This standard covers the design, maintenance and operation of powered industrial trucks, including forklifts and motorized hand trucks. It also covers operator training requirements.
Self-Propelled Electric Powered Pallet Trucks, Powered Lift Trucks, Self-Propelled Lift Trucks and Self-Propelled Electric Powered Platform Trucks are used in many industries to move, raise, lower, stack or remove pallets, boxes crates and more. In 2015, OSHA recorded over 2,855 violations involving powered industrial trucks. Many citations included failure to remove unsafe powered trucks from service, failure to examine industrial trucks before placing into service on a daily or per-shift basis and ensuring competency of powered industrial truck operators.
Self-Propelled Electric Powered Pallet Trucks
Efficiently lift and move loads throughout the warehouse. Pallet trucks and jacks are manufactured of heavy-duty steel for long lasting durability and dependable performance. Various type semi and fully powered electric pallet trucks lift and lower loads with push button or pump handle operation. Automatic braking systems provide increased safety when moving heavy loads. Additional styles are pallet jack scale trucks and pallet and skid inverters tilters.
Powered Lift Trucks
Suitable for stacking, pallet handling, order picking and horizontal transport. Powered lift trucks are solidly manufactured for long lasting durability and dependability. Various brands offer wide selection of adjustable fork or platform, non-straddle or straddle types to meet particular load lifting need or application. Lift and lower loads with push button or pump handle operation. AC and DC powered lift trucks available.
Self-Propelled Lift Trucks
Lift, lower and move loads efficiently throughout commercial or industrial facilities. Self-propelled lift trucks are solidly manufactured for long lasting durability and dependability. Fully powered lifts and motors are designed to easily handle loads with little or no manual effort. Pushbutton or gear shift controls for efficient operation. Indoor models include lift stackers, counter balanced lift stackers and reach stackers. Outdoor styles are tracked hydraulic stackers for rough terrain.
Self-Propelled Electric Power Platform Trucks
Provide motorized transportation for bulky loads in warehouses, retail stores, offices and other material handling applications. Powerful drive motor offers efficient speed for moving heavy loads. Fingertip controls are easy and safe to use. Battery powered with onboard charger for efficient operation and decreased down time. Non-slip decks keep load in place during operation.
Call us today so we can help determine your needs. We can advise you of the OSHA standards and requirements for safe operation of powered industrial trucks. Ask yourself these questions; where will the trucks be used, indoors or outdoors? Determine lift height requirements? Fuel type requirements, gas or electric? Do you require a counterbalanced truck to offset heavy loads during stacking? What’s your budget? Be sure to purchase the proper personal protective equipment for your truck operators (i.e. hearing protection, safety eyewear, hand protection etc.).
#7 OSHA Violation: Ladders (OSHA 1926.1053)
This standard covers general requirements for all ladders.
There were more than 2,625 OSHA cited violation for ladders in 2016. The standard covers general requirements for all ladders in various applications including construction, industrial, residential, electrical and more. Businesses are legally bound to follow OSHA standards for all ladder applications and usage to avoid workplace injuries. Step ladders, rolling ladders, step stools, extension ladders and more help create and maintain safe work environments.
Step ladders provide easy access to elevated jobsites for various applications including construction, building, roofing and general contracting. Ladders are made of aluminum, steel or stainless steel for long lasting durability and dependability. Wide steps are deep treaded for slip resistance and maximum stability. Multi use tray allows convenient tool accessibility and equipment storage. Skid resistant, non-marring, stabilizing feet prevent ladder motion while in use. Folds for compact storage.
Rolling ladders provide jobsite mobility for elevated applications including plants, warehouses, stockrooms, offices and more. Made of aluminum or steel for long lasting durability. Features spring loaded casters that retract when not in use. Units lock in folded or open position for operator safety. Step treads provide non-slip surface for added stability. 350 lb. capacity. Easy portability. Types vary.
Step stools provide mobile access to elevated areas for various applications including offices, stockrooms, libraries and more. Stools are made of heavy-duty structural plastic for long lasting durability and strength. Four spring loaded, non-marking casters permit rolling and retract when in use. Slip resistant surface provides added stability. Up to 500 lbs. capacity. Available colors include Beige, Black and Black/Gray.
Extension ladders allow for adjustable height requirements for various applications including electrical, work climbing, contractor, construction and more. Made of aluminum or fiberglass for long lasting durability and dependability. Slip-resistant traction tread rungs and riveted wide foot plate provide added stability. Non-conductive fiberglass rails provide safety during electrical work. Up to 400 lbs. capacity. Available color finishes are Black, Black/Gray, Blue/Yellow, Gray/Yellow, Orange and Red. Dimensions vary.
Determine what and where the ladder will be used and if it will be indoor or outdoor use. Are the ladders required to be stationary or adjustable based on the application. Ladders should meet both OSHA requirements and ANSI standards. Weight capacities can range up to 500 lbs.
#8 OSHA Violation: Machine Guarding (OSHA 1910.212)
This standard covers guarding of machinery to protect operators and other employees from hazards, including those created by point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks.
OSHA requirements state that machinery needs to be guarded to protect operators and other employees form hazards, including those created by point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks. More than 2, 448 violations were cited in 2016, including exposure of blades and creating dangerous working conditions for employees. Machine guarding, guard rails and bollards protect operators from injury and equipment from tampering and theft. Guarding is a safety feature designed to shield workers from manufacturing and other engineering equipment while in close proximity of or while operating equipment.
Machine guards are designed to protect personnel from dangerous machinery including conveyor belts, welding systems, stretch wrappers and other automated equipment. Guarding provides personnel safety and protects equipment from wear and tear as well as theft. Units can be installed from 0° to 180° allowing greater flexibility. Durable woven wire partitions provide clear visibility. Easy to install, remove or expand.
Guard rails provide personnel, inventory and equipment protection in various applications including warehouses, factories, passages and more. Constructed from aluminum or steel for long lasting durability and dependability. Sizes range up to 20"H posts to support a single rail or 42"H posts to support a double rail barrier system. Rails with safety yellow power coat finish for high visibility available. Bolt on or drop in versions available. Dimensions vary.
Bollards & Safety Guards
Bollards provide personnel and equipment protection for various indoor and outdoor applications including warehouse, factory floors, loading areas and more. Made of steel for long lasting durability and dependability and pre-drilled for quick and easy installation. Choose from bollards, machinery guards and rack guards. Available in powder coated safety yellow for enhanced visibility. Dimensions vary.
What type of machine guarding do you need? Is it for equipment, inventory or personnel protection? Is the unit being used for an outdoor or indoor application. Guarding is easily assembled for installation and customizable within a facility. Units are pre-drilled for quick and easy installation. Global offers hi-visibility OSHA and ANSI signs to help employers communicate potential warnings to workers.
Husky Rack & Wire
#9 OSHA Violation: Electrical - Wiring Methods (OSHA 1910.305)
This standard covers the grounding of electrical equipment, wiring and insulation. It includes temporary wiring and splicing, such as flexible cords and cables.
Maintaining OSHA standards in electrical wiring methods requires general safety measures which should be designed by a qualified person. With more than 1,930 cited violations in 2016, companies are legally bound to follow OSHA standards for electrical wiring installation and usage to avoid fire and electrical shock injuries. Electrical Testing Equipment, GFCI Receptacles, Locking Plugs, Connectors and Breakers help identify and repair electrical hazards to create and maintain electrically-safe work conditions.
Electrical Testing Equipment
Electrical Testing Equipment is essential for the testing and maintenance of power systems and equipment. Testing equipment is built using precision circuitry and components to ensure electrical safety and reliability. Millimeters, Current Testers, Battery Testers, Electrical Meters, Voltage/Continuity Testers, Cable Tools and more available for troubleshooting and preventative maintenance applications.
Offer protection against electric shock by shutting off a power circuit when a change in current is detected. Impact resistant thermoplastic or PVC provides long lasting durability. Surge hardened electronics offer superior resistance to surges and over-voltages. GFCIs can be installed into electrical systems or built into power cords for increased versatility. Selection includes single and duplex receptacles, cord sets and bulkhead receptacles. Meet NEC, CEC, UL, CSA and OSHA regulations.
Plugs and Connectors
Are used in a variety of commercial and industrial wiring applications. Built using impact, chemical or water-resistant housing for long lasting durability. Plugs and connectors are designed for easy wiring and available in a wide range of voltages. Additional features include cord grip with radius teeth, dust seal around cord, water tight connectors and more. Meet NEMA, ANSI, UL and CSA standards. Features
Electric Circuit Breakers are panelboard mounted and feature a non-interchangeable trip molded case to meet OSHA standards for safety. The insulated housing provides additional workplace and installation safety measures. Options include DIN, VL and General Application Circuit Breakers. Available in 1, 2 or 3 pole versions. Volts and amps vary per model.
Determine your electrical wiring needs. Be aware of the OSHA standards and requirements for grounding of electrical equipment, wiring and insulation. Determine the work environment (industrial/commercial, indoor/outdoor, temperature, moisture, etc.). Find out about voltage, current and local codes that need to be considered. Lastly, do you have the proper protective equipment to work on and with electrical equipment.
Cooper Wiring Devices
#10 OSHA Violation: Electrical - General Requirements (OSHA 1910.303)
This standard covers general safety requirements for designing electrical systems.
General requirements for electrical, especially as it pertains to designing electrical systems, is another highly cited OSHA violation. With more than 1,700 violations in 2016, ensuring that workers are properly trained and are wearing certified protective clothing is crucial to any electrical design system. Workers need gloves to protect against shocks or sparks, and proper clothing to protect them from electric arc exposure. Electrical personal protective equipment meets required OSHA and ANSI standards for safe use in work environments.
Flame & Arc Flash Resistant Clothing
Keep workers safe from electric arc exposure. Protective clothing is durably constructed from flame-resistant materials for maximum protection. Reinforced seams, integral cuffs, high-stress rivets and more quality design features provide long lasting durability. Flame resistant and ARC flash base layers, headwear, coveralls and overalls and jackets and coats available to keep employees safe.
Electrical Reference Books
Outline wiring recommendations based on the National Electric Code to help users operate safely during work. Wiring Simplified Electrical Reference Book and Ugly’s Electrical Reference available for on-the-job use.
Electrical Over Gloves
Electrical over gloves are made using silicone leather and are worn over latex insulating gloves for added protection during electrical repairs.
Additional styles of Insulated Electrical Gloves are available via special order through the technical team.
Review OSHA and NFPA standards and requirements for electrical safety. Ask about potential shock and arc flash hazards at the worksite. Ask about any detailed work procedures that need to be followed. Take into consideration employee style preferences when making recommendations. Advise the customer we also carry safety glasses, hard hats and electrical lockout devices to enhance their electrical safety program.
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