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Danica Miller

Recent Posts by Danica Miller:

4 Ways to Improve the Achilles Heel of the Safety Program

Near Miss Reporting - the Achilles Heel of the Safety Program  A near miss is a narrowly-avoided accident. Though it didn't result in injury or property damage, it may have if circumstances had been slightly different. According to OSHA, these close calls should be reported and investigated. Unfortunately, employees (and managers) often avoid reporting for a variety of reasons. They may feel pressured by their co-workers to keep working or they're afraid they'll be blamed for the close call if they mention it to their superiors. A difficult, complicated reporting process will also discourage people from reporting near misses.
Topics: Near Misses

OSHA Violations that Have Led to Jail Sentences

What Violations Can Lead to Imprisonment? Section 17 discusses penalties for OSHA violations and imprisonment is mentioned in a few subsections. For example: Willful violations resulting in death: An employer who knowingly violates standards can receive a fine and/or up to six months in jail. For a second conviction, jail time goes up to one year and/or a fine. 
Topics: OSHA Violations

3 Things Every Safety Manager Should Know About an OSHA Inspection

Businesses may be surprised to see an OSHA inspector at their door, as inspections are generally unannounced, but there's no reason to be surprised about what will happen next. There are three stages to an OSHA inspection. This is what you should expect: Opening Conference
Topics: OSHA Inspections

What is OSHA - Topic 3 - What responsibilities does your employer have under OSHA?

What is OSHA: Topic 3 - What responsibilities does your employer have under OSHA?  A. Provide a Workplace Free from Recognized Hazards and Comply with OSHA Standards Establishing a safe and healthful workplace requires every employer to make safety and health a priority. In general, OSHA requires employers to:
Topics: What is OSHA Safety Training

What is OSHA - Topic 2 - What rights do you have under OSHA?

What is OSHA: Topic 2 - What rights do you have under OSHA?  A. Right to a Safe & Healthful Workplace Most importantly, the creation of OSHA provided workers the right to a safe and healthful workplace. Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act states: “Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees." A safe and healthful workplace means that hazards are removed and workers are trained. If a hazard cannot be removed completely, protection (for example, respirators or earplugs) must be provided.
Topics: What is OSHA Safety Training