Tag: OSHA

Investigating Facility Safety Incidents

It is important that all work-related near misses, or incidents that could have caused harm had the circumstances been different, as well as workplace incidents that involve injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, be investigated by facilities professionals, security professionals, and other necessary personnel. The causes of those incidents in a facility and how to prevent them […]

The Significance of Safety Signage

Signs are an important part of any workplace. They communicate critical information to workers and help keep everyone safe. But not all signs are created equal. If you want to make sure your workplace is as safe as possible, you need to use effective signage. There are a few key things to keep in mind […]

Back to Basics: How to Address Lead Paint in Your Facilities

Back to Basics is an article series that highlights important, but possibly overlooked, information facilities management professionals should know. Facilities professionals seeking to renovate older buildings should do their due diligence to determine if their buildings have lead paint. Why Lead Paint Is Dangerous The dangers of lead-based paint (LBP) caused the federal government to […]

The Importance of Quality Maintenance Data

“With maintenance data, you know where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re heading,” was written on a slide at the start of a recent webinar on facilities maintenance data entitled “Turning Maintenance Data into Actionable Insights” hosted by Facilities Management Advisor and sponsored by TMA Systems. “And my question is, do you? Do […]

Back to Basics: Workplace Fire Safety and Prevention

Back to Basics is an article series that highlights important, but possibly overlooked, information facilities management professionals should know. Fires present a real danger to businesses, especially in workplaces where fire hazards are part of the job. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a fire department in the United States responds to a […]

How’s Your Compliance with OSHA’s Frequently Cited Standards?

How likely are you to see an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspector? The agency’s continually growing list of emphasis programs offers one clue. Then there are the OSHA standards the agency cites more often than others. OSHA recently announced its top 10 most frequently cited safety and health standards for fiscal year 2022. […]

OSHA Ranks Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations of FY 2022

The construction industry fall protection standard remains the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) most frequently cited standard for the 12th year in a row, the agency announced on September 20. Patrick Kapust, acting director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented a list of preliminary figures for fiscal year (FY) 2022—the fiscal year ends September […]

OSHA Holding Excavation, Trench Training

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will co-host an excavation and trenching safety training event September 16 in Southlake, Texas, with the North Texas National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA North Texas). In July, OSHA announced plans for 1,000 site inspections to address a rise in trenching and excavation fatalities. In the first six months […]

We Need to Think About Cleaning Safety

Several years ago, a restaurant worker died while performing one of his regular tasks—cleaning a restaurant’s kitchen floor. To clean the floor more effectively and efficiently, he decided to combine two incompatible cleaning agents: concentrated chlorine bleach and an acid-based cleaning solution. An example of an acid-based cleaning solution is ammonia; however, reports of the […]

COVID-19 Task Force Recommends Air Quality Upgrades

A nongovernmental task force recently recommended that building owners begin taking four steps to address SARS-CoV-2 infection risks in schools and workplaces: verifying building systems are performing as designed, increasing outdoor air ventilation, upgrading air filtration, and deploying portable air cleaners where needed. The Lancet COVID-19 Commission’s Task Force on Safe Work, Safe School, and […]