Written by Larry Bouvier, Vice President of Fuss & O'Neill Manufacturing Solutions.
If you could do one thing to prevent someone from contracting COVID-19, would you? If you could do one thing to help put the economy back on the path to recovery, would you? Well, you can! And, it’s a simple thing to do. Anyone can do it. But a lot of people aren’t.
If it is that easy, why isn’t everyone doing it? Good question. But here is all you have to do – wear a mask. It’s that simple. It doesn’t have to be fancy – a simple cloth face covering can make a big difference.
As businesses open back up everyone’s attention is on keeping their employees & coworkers safe. While CDC guidelines regarding face coverings, frequent hand washing, and disinfecting protocols are the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19, there are other ways for organizations to slow the spread. The ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) formed a task force to provide guidelines on how a building’s HVAC systems can help slow the spread.
In these unprecedented times manufacturers require a more formal approach to hazard assessment and work practices than in the past.
Workers play a strong role in keeping themselves safe due to their willingness to take personal responsibility for decisions that will keep them safe. Safety training and policies are commonly used tools to help encourage risk-free behaviors through building safety knowledge. However, these practices alone will not be enough to create a complete safety culture.
How long has it been since you have refreshed your team on travel safety?
Sometimes we are so focused on output and daily management that safety does not get the attention it deserves. Our employees are our most valuable asset. We are also busy. When time is taken to improve our safety and health programs and train the team, it is often focused on regulatory and highly hazardous activities.
Who is Fuss & O’Neill?
Fuss and O’Neill Manufacturing Solutions provides mentoring, training, and engineering services for industrial and municipal clients to help them achieve safer, more cost effective productivity. In a recent interview with Larry Bouvier, Vice President and Partner at Fuss & O’Neill, IMEC got a deeper look into how they work with manufacturers and set themselves apart from the competition – one of many reasons they are one of IMEC’s top Third Party Resource partners.
Did you know that 2.78 million fatalities occur in workplaces around the world each year? Keep your company from becoming part of a statistic and reduce your work related fatalities and injuries; learn about the new ISO 45001, released in March 2018.
By embarking on the adoption of ISO 45001, an occupational health and safety management system, you can begin to transform workplace processes that can often lead to work-related tragedies and injuries. This new standard builds on the OHSAS 18001 framework, while integrating health and safety responsibilities into the management of an organization. The new standard also focuses on risk management, which will help organizations become more proactive in ensuring safe work environments and earn the reputation as a “safe place to work”, leading to reduced injuries and increased productivity.
More than a third of workplaces did not submit... Are you on the naughty list?
By the end of 2017, select employers were required to submit 300A forms containing 2016 data. Unfortunately for OSHA, only two-thirds of the anticipated 350,000 submissions were recorded. These organizations are now facing potential scrutiny and fines for these "other-than-serious" citations, and will be conducting inquiries until June 15, 2018.
Did you find yourself on the OSHA target list for not submitting? As a reminder, establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses are required to submit.
Written by Mary Hallock, IMEC Technical Specialist and OSHA Authorized Trainer
UPDATE (12/1/17) – OSHA has extended the deadline to December 15 for electronic reporting of injuries and illnesses.
ATTENTION: The OSHA electronic reporting of injury and illness records has gone into effect!
Certain employers are required to submit information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017. Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. Most manufacturers fall into those certain industries.