We’re taking a deep-dive look into each of OSHA’s most-cited violations in 2018 to help you identify common pain points in your workplace, and provide you with best practices for improving safety, preventing injuries and avoiding fines.
Number 10 on the list with 1,528 total violations is Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment (1926.102), with eye and face protection being the most cited of the offenses. New to the list in 2018, OSHA issued 1,353 citations alone for “serious” violations in this category.
Protecting the eyes and face from hazards is extremely important. You only get one set of eyes and when injured, recovery can be very lengthy and costly. Employers get into trouble when workers are not properly protected from eye and face injuries. OSHA standard regulations require:
The main cause of eye and face injuries are many, but often include flying debris, chips and dust from grinding or kicked up on windy days, splashes and falling debris, and projectiles from falling, thrown or colliding objects. Eye and face injuries can also be caused by extreme heat and light radiation from exposure to flames, welding sparks and other heat sources. As there are many causes, there are also many types of personal protective equipment (PPE) designed for specific risks:
Always make sure PPE is properly rated for the job, fits properly, and doesn’t obstruct your view. Safety glasses/goggles should have ANSI stamped on them to be approved for use.
Eye and face protection is an area that takes a commitment to long term goals and implementation. Employers must take steps to ensure eye protection policies and procedures are strictly followed by everyone, from top management to workers on the line or in the field. While holding everyone accountable can be a tedious and significant task in the beginning of any program, making eye and face protection a priority within the company culture can make wearing protective devices instinctive and will decrease injuries. If you need help implementing an eye and face protection program or other safety program, contact your risk management specialists at Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting.
Brian is a Risk Management Solutions Manager specializing in loss prevention and fraud investigation.
Brian is a Risk Management Solutions Manager specializing in loss prevention and fraud investigation. He has been in the commercial insurance industry since 1996 with experience in claims investigation and loss mitigation, rooting out workers’ compensation fraud, and working with clients to develop loss control and prevention solutions.
If you could give human form to your safety culture, what would it look like?
Maybe it would be a thick-set, shirtless brute named Trog with a foul disposition beating out a drum cadence to keep your employees rowing in-sync.
Or would it be more like a fussy and constantly disapproving Dickensian paper-pusher named Fizzlewhite who has never met a rule or procedure he didn’t like, even though he hasn’t done most of the things he creates rules to address?
If you were to search the various “mommy blogs” and parenting advice websites out there, how many of them do you think would endorse the following practice?
A child’s safety should always be a top priority for any parent. When leaving children under the age of 10 alone in the house for lengthy periods of time, be sure to provide the kids with a loaded pistol with the safety off in case a stranger should happen by. In a pinch, recently sharpened knives can be substituted for the pistol.
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