Category Archives: OSHA Interpretations

Scenario: You are the Risk Manager for a large auto dealership and service/repair garage group.  Over the past few months, you have heard about a couple serious injuries that have occurred in auto service garages and you decide you want … Continue reading

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Scenario: A stepladder (which is a type of self-supporting ladder) is used as a non-self-supporting ladder, but the bottom of the ladder is either “footed” (that is, another person keeps their foot on the bottom to keep the ladder from slipping) … Continue reading

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What Does Annual Mean when OSHA uses the word? When OSHA says “annual”, they don’t mean 366 days. (Unless there is a leap year, I guess.)  When you see annual requirements for things like training or respirator fit testing OSHA … Continue reading

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Do all skylights require fall protection measures? It never seems to fail that this question comes up with our clients over and over again.  So, we thought we would provide you this excerpt from an OSHA letter of interpretation: “29 … Continue reading

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by Dwayne Towles Is an Injury During Break an OSHA Recordable? Here is the scenario: An employee reports to work. A few hours later, the employee goes outside for a “smoke break.” The employee slips on the ice and injures his … Continue reading

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Scenario:  You are the safety manager for a rather large manufacturing and service operation.  You are part of a continuous improvement leadership team with your company.  In one of the team meetings, someone suggests electronically posting all required internal, corporate, … Continue reading

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Scenario:  You are the site safety manager for a rather large and active construction project.  During a site audit, you observe a welder put down his electrode holder with the electrode still attached, flip up his welding hood, and walk … Continue reading

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by Dwayne Towles Scenario: You are the safety manager at a heavy equipment manufacturing operation.  Your facility has an Emergency Response Team (ERT) that responds to emergencies and provides onsite first aid treatment as well as acts as the rescue … Continue reading

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by Dwayne Towles Scenario: You are the corporate safety specialist for a large organization.  The bulk of your job is to do site safety audits of the operations owned by your employer. You are conducting a site visit and safety … Continue reading

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by Dwayne Towles I was recently made aware of a presentation conducted by an insurance company “safety expert” where he was touting an incentive program which offered additional cash incentives to employees for going a certain amount of days without … Continue reading

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