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New Fall Protection Standards Issued by OSHA

December 7, 2016

On November 17, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule that updates the standards on walking-working surfaces to prevent and reduce workplace slips, trips, and falls. More commonly referred to as fall protection. The new rule addresses many areas including the requirements for personal fall protection systems, training on fall hazards, and use of personal fall protection systems. […]

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Accident Prevention Programs are Mandatory in Washington

June 21, 2016

All Washington State employers are required to create a written Accident Prevention Program (APP) that has been specifically tailored to the company’s operation, hazards, and equipment. Every employee needs to be trained on your program and sign an acknowledgment of the training that should be added to their employee file. Any Washington employer without a […]

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New Incident Reporting for OSHA

May 24, 2016

Beginning August 10, 2016, employers with more than 250 employees and employers in certain high-hazard industries, will be required to submit incident information to OSHA that will be posted online. This rule change is part of a federal emphasis on transparency with respect to safety. Access to the data will allow prospective employees, investors, and customers […]

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DOSH Inspectors Have a New Enforcement Emphasis to Implement

April 18, 2016

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) is implementing OSHA’s National Emphasis Program. The program is meant to identify machinery and equipment hazards likely to cause amputations. The overall goal is to minimize the number of deaths and permanent disabilities caused by these kinds of workplace hazards. DOSH will […]

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