OSHA is Encouraging Incident Prevention

OSHA is Encouraging Incident Prevention

OSHA is strongly encouraging employers to join the trend towards incident prevention by identifying and addressing hazards before they lead to injury or illness. While employers are reviewing their OSHA 300 logs, they are asking companies to use these logs as a road map to finding and fixing hazards.

OSHA published a notice strongly encouraging employers to focus on preventing incidents, injuries, and illnesses rather than reacting to each accident. Each recordable incident on the OSHA 300 log should be reviewed to determine if there are any trends identifying potential issues. Incident reports should also be reviewed on a regular basis with the same intention of identifying types of incidents, equipment, processes, etc that need to be further evaluated to prevent future incidents. Proactively conducting job safety analyses, risk assessments, lab walk throughs, and holding interactive safety committee meetings are also excellent sources of proactively preventing incidents.

Take the time to review this valuable resource and encourage management to do the same.

About the Author:

As Director of Quality Research and Training, Sarah Mueller ensures the consistency and quality of Safety Partners’ work by overseeing all aspects of knowledge management and best practices for its programs and trainings. Sarah regularly conducts research into emerging and changing regulations, and trains both clients and Safety Partners’ staff on regulations and safety standards. Sarah also oversees Safety Partners’ recruiting effort – ensuring only the best and the brightest are hired to develop, implement, and manage top-notch workplace safety programs and services. Known for her great instincts with regard to radiation, chemical, and biological safety programs, Sarah also has been integral to the development of Safety Partners’ suite of web-based trainings and professional development courses. Prior to becoming Director of QRT, Sarah provided efficient and effective EHS services to Safety Partners clients as a Senior Consulting Safety Officer. Prior to joining Safety Partners in 2004, Sarah was a Senior Environmental Specialist for the Department of Environment Protection, Air Compliance and Enforcement, where she was responsible for the case management of assigned facilities to ensure compliance with air pollution regulations, as well as investigating citizen complaints and training new hires. Prior to the DEP, Sarah worked in a toxicology lab at Mobil Oil Corporation. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lehigh University.

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