Makes me wonder what is in that Janitor’s Closet to warrant such a sign. I do not see the housekeeping staff completing confined space permits every time they have to get a clean rag.
When it comes to signage, are you signing the areas appropriate and identifying the hazard? Do you over or under sign? Have you performed some type of hazard assessment to correctly identify the risk factors and work practices?
It kills me when people proclaim to be safety conscious and yet act carelessly. You cannot see it, but the back of this guys shirt says Safety Leader. When I stopped to inquire if he knew what he was doing was wrong and sending a poor message, he had the audacity to ask if I was just going to lecture him or could he go back to work.
If your going to wear a shirt that makes a statement that you are a safety leader, you should lead by example and practice sound judgement.
Exits and doorways: we all understand the need to keep exits and doorways free of obstacles in the event of an emergency. However, I wanted to bring this photo to attention given that I have started to see snow in my state. When the snow and ice build up on walkways and stairs what do we do to control the slip/trip/fall hazards? Often times companies will salt or put sand down to help, but are we just trading one problem for another? What is the process to clean up the sand or salt once the snow is gone or melts? Once the walkways or stairs are dry and free of ice/snow the debris left from the salt/sand can cause a slip/trip/fall just as easily. Keep this in mind when you are looking to correct a hazard; will the solution cause another hazard once the immediate one is corrected?
Here is a link to OSHA’s current Fall Protection/Prevention Campaign. This site has some good tools and resources to assist you in promoting fall hazard awareness in construction. This is a joint effort from numerous safety organizations and regulatory agencies around the country.
Here is some great information that you can use to gauge your electrical safety program within your own organization. I came across this organization at Safety 2012 (ASSE National Convention in Denver). They have some really good training videos and tools to help improve electrical safety and awareness at home and at work. Be sure to share home safety with your employees, after all we want them safe at work and at home.
Here is one for you, forklift maintenance. This company had an old forklift that needed a new battery cover/seat cover so they found some scrap particle board and made something up. I am not sure if this was the best choice of materials.
While conducting a training session on OSHA inspections and what to expect, a coworker of mine pointed out that OSHA will often watch the news and read the paper to see what is going on around town. If they see something not quite right they can and will show up on your job for an inspection. Well since this training class was out of town, I went back to my hotel room to put my feet up and grabbed the local paper. Guess what I saw on the front page?
Now I don’t know about you but, I see a few OSHA violations in this front page photo. If I were an OSHA compliance officer I would be pretty psyched about making a visit to this contractor. Hey front page news is prime pickings.
Something to think about as you work on projects or put out advertisements and mailings. Is the photo doing your company justice or could it cause harm? OSHA can read and they will follow up on something that appears to be hazardous or puts employee in harms way.