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6 Steps to Establish an Effective Stop Work Authority Program

What is Stop Work Authority (SWA)?

Stop Work Authority (SWA) is a program designed to provide employees and contract workers with the responsibility and obligation to stop work when a perceived unsafe condition or behavior may result in an unwanted event. 

Topics: Stop Work Authority Safety Training

Chemical Hazards Result in Multiple Citations

OSHA Fines Lazarus Energy for Exposing Workers

Company: Lazarus Energy LLC

Scope: OSHA discovered 11 safety violations, mainly for exposing workers to chemical hazards at its Nixon refinery.

What Happened: OSHA inspected Lazarus Energy LLC in July of 2013 after a referral from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA was focusing on the refinery's process safety management program for handling flammable liquids in excess of 10,000 pounds.

The 10 serious process safety management violations cited include a failure to properly compile process safety information for vessels, piping, and other equipment; resolve previous process hazard analysis action items; update communication operating procedures; complete and update a thorough process hazard analysis; compile and implement written procedures for mechanical integrity; and implement a management of change program.

Topics: Violations and Penalties Case Studies

OSHA's 2014 Inspection Priorities

Mid-year review of OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program.

Under the Site-Specific Targeting 2014 Program (SST-14), OSHA has issued its annual inspection plan. After analyzing data collected from a survey of 80,000 establishments, the plan is directing enforcement resources to workplaces focusing on reducing injuries and illnesses.

Topics: OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program (SST) News and Regulatory Alerts