The start of the new year is a time for resolutions. Often the focus is on eating healthier, exercising more, or starting a new hobby. For those of us in EHS it’s a perfect time to re-evaluate our safety programs and plan for and set goals for the new year. Is your EHS program as robust as you would like it to be?
A basic tenant of any good industrial hygiene program is the application of the hierarchy of controls. This mantra dictates that identified hazards should be addressed in the following order:
- removal of hazard
- substitution of hazard
- engineering controls
- administrative controls
- personal protective equipment (PPE)
OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, is used to summarize the recordable injuries and illnesses for the previous year and includes the number of days work was lost or restricted, and the types of injuries and illnesses that occurred. Information about the company, including the average number of employees and total hours worked by all employees must also be recorded.
OSHA announced on January 21st that they will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) with a year-long celebration of past achievements, current efforts, and future initiatives and goals to ensure the safety of the American workforce. Their 2020 celebration campaign is called Protecting the American Workforce.