Ergonomic Emphasis for General Industry
"Before issuing any citation alleging ergonomic hazards, OSHA will consider the evidence in the particular case, as well as other relevant factors. The basic criteria OSHA will use in deciding whether to cite are those imposed by the General Duty Clause itself:
- whether an ergonomic hazard exists
- whether that hazard is recognized
- whether the hazard is causing, or is likely to cause, serious physical harm to employees
- whether a feasible means exists to reduce the hazard
"Even in cases where OSHA does not cite an employer, if ergonomic hazards exist, it may issue hazard alert letters describing ways to reduce the hazards and resources available to assist employers in this process. An important new feature is that OSHA will follow up with some companies that receive these letters, checking to evaluate what actions the employers have taken to address ergonomic hazards."
*Talk to a SSG Consultant about ways we can assist you with the detailed process necessary to both train on & assess the various departments within your organization.
Process Safety Management Emphasis for General Industry & Healthcare Companies
"Process safety management is an analytical tool focused on preventing releases of any substance defined as a "highly hazardous chemicals" by the EPA or OSHA. Process Safety Management (PSM) refers to a set of inter-related approaches to manage hazards associated with the process industries and is intended to reduce the frequency and severity of incidents resulting from releases of chemicals and other energy sources (US OSHA 1993). These standards are composed of organizational and operational procedures, design guidance, audit programs, and a host of other methods."
Within the current REP Notice, this statement below gives us greater insight into what they will be targeting regarding your PSM program:
"Process Safety Management (PSM) related processes will include an initial evaluation of only the following: employee participation, training, contractors, hot work permits, incident investigation, and emergency planning, and response."
*Talk to a SSG Consultant about the 14 elements of an effective PSM Program as well as conducting an overall assessment on the effectiveness of your current program.
Ongoing Emphasis Programs Still Active
- Amputations/Machine Guarding
*All of these can be tested/assessed by a SSG Consultant
NAICS Codes Associated with the Ergonomic & PSM Emphasis Program
Rank Industry (Safety) NAICS
1 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing 337
2 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing 334
3 Food Manufacturing 311
4 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 327
5 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 332
6 Machinery Manufacturing 333
Rank Industry (Health) NAICS
1 Printing & Related Support Services 323
2 Beverage & Tobacco Product Manufacturing 312
3 Miscellaneous Manufacturing 339
4 Wood Product Manufacturing 321
5 Primary Metal Manufacturing 331