If you’ve ever been shocked when an OSHA inspector arrives unannounced to inspect your rooftop fall protection methods, you’re not alone. These random checks surprise many companies. Safety officers fear the inspector will discover issues that violate OSHA's stringent requirements. Managers wonder if the investigator will shut down their operations for job-related hazards. Chief executive officers worry their companies will pay a fine if their roofs fail inspection. It’s no fun for anyone.
Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of October 2018:
OSHA Unveils New Look for State Plans Webpage (Safety+Health)
OSHA has redesigned its State Plans webpage to help simplify access to contact and jurisdictional information for each state, the agency announced Oct. 16 in its “Quick Takes” newsletter.
As a safety manager or CEO, you likely focus the majority of your roof fall protection efforts on reducing fall risks around the edges of a roof. However, there are other rooftop fall risks that warrant attention. Failure to devote attention to these risks can leave employees and visitors at heightened risk for injury. Below is a glimpse of some commonly overlooked rooftop fall hazards and how guardrails can help you keep employees safe and avoid costly OSHA fines.
Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of September 2018:
OSHA Seeks Nominations for Construction Advisory Committee (Safety+Health)
The 15-person committee advises the assistant secretary of labor on construction standards and policy matters. Members are appointed by the secretary of labor and serve staggered two-year terms.
CHASKA, MN – (October 1, 2018) – BlueWater, a division of Tractel, has announced a new nationwide installation service for all of their safety rail systems, as well as for a variety of other fall protection products. Bluewater is a manufacturer of OSHA-compliant rooftop fall protection and this new service goes hand-in-hand with their existing line-up of products.
“We’re thrilled to offer this service to our clients,” said Scott Friedman, General Manager. “After years of designing, manufacturing, and delivering fall protection systems, we noticed a need for a turnkey, professionally managed installation solution. This new service is hassle-free with minimal planning and maximum efficiency.”
Your workplace may not be as safe as you think, especially if certain common safety myths have infiltrated your work environment.
Even if you believe your workplace is extremely safety conscious, the truth is that we're all vulnerable to accepting incorrect or outdated information as being accurate. Often, we subconsciously consider change to be risky, and not worth the time or effort to implement. But that could mean you aren't considering a safety railing or other fall protection systems simply because they’re new and you've never done it that way before.
Safety needs to be the number one priority of every supervisor and employee involved in a rooftop project. While it's not always possible to eliminate every potential hazard, it is crucial that they are identified and that the proper roof fall protection tools are put in place. So what’s the right tool for the job? We break down the six most critical areas you need to keep an eye on, and how to address each hazard.
Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of August 2018:
Why Being "OSHA Legal" Isn't Enough (EHS Today)
In 1970, OSHA created permissible exposure limits (PELs) that remain the rule of law to this day, though knowledge regarding exposure and toxicity has continued to evolve since then.
CHASKA, MN – (September 10, 2018) – Tractel, makers of industry-leading in-plant and rooftop safety solutions, will exhibit at the NSC Congress and Expo in Houston, TX. At the newly redesigned booth (#525), attendees can see the latest safety solutions from brands BlueWater and Fabenco, as well as parent company Tractel.
Education doesn’t just happen inside of a school building. The roof is a great place to teach kids about solar energy or rooftop gardening. However, with rooftop access comes a need for rooftop safety. In addition to students, maintenance and repair technicians are also likely accessing the roof. Skylights, refrigeration and air conditioning units and general rooftop maintenance can mean frequent rooftop visitors. As a building owner or manager, it is your responsibility to ensure anyone who accesses your roof, can do so in a safe and secure manner. It’s not only a good idea, it’s required by OSHA. Let’s take a look at some of the requirements and how you can get your rooftop fall protection into compliance.