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Safety FAQ’s

Do I have to keep an OSHA 300 Log?

Employers with 11 or more employees, excluding some low-hazard establishments in the retail, services, finance and real estate sectors, must keep an OSHA log. The Log includes work-related injuries and illnesses for the previous calendar year. If you are unsure whether your business fits these criteria, use our Contact us page to locate a local Risk Management Consultant for help.

Our Risk Management Rx (RMRx) Safety Advisor product will create the OSHA 300 Log for you whenever needed – just record incidents in RMRx throughout the year.

 

When do I have to post the OSHA 300 Summary?

Starting February 1 and ending April 30, employers must post the OSHA Form 300A in a conspicuous place or places where notices to employees customarily are posted. Employers with no injuries or illnesses should post the 300A with zeros through the total lines.

 

When am I required to call OSHA after an injury?

All work-related fatalities must be reported to OSHA within 8 hours of the incident, and all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of eye must be reported within 24 hours of finding out about the incident. For more information, check out our blog on the subject.

 

Should my business receive an ergonomic evaluation?

  • Do your employees spend four or more hours per day working at a computer?
  • Are they engaged in any kind of repetitive motion (the same movement over and over again)?
  • Do they hold the same posture for prolonged periods of time?
  • Do their jobs involve lifting and bending?
  • Are any employees currently experiencing pain or discomfort which you associate with the physical requirements of their jobs?

If you are an ICW Group policyholder, request a workplace ergonomic evaluation by calling your Risk Management Consultant or Contact Us.

 

Do I need an eyewash station?

Emergency eyewash stations are required within 100 feet (10 seconds) of a direct line of travel from areas where corrosive chemicals are stored or used. Inspect the station monthly and flush it weekly if plumbed into the water system. Do not use one pint or one quart eyewash bottles for first aid use with corrosive chemical exposure.

 

What is a Safety Data Sheet (SDS)?

A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is designed to provide employees and emergency personnel with the proper procedures for handling or working with a particular substance.

SDS’s include information such as physical data (melting point, boiling point, flash point etc.), toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill/leak procedures. These are useful if a spill or other accident occurs.

Our Risk Management Rx (RMRx) Safety Advisor system has an SDS Management tool that will help you organize and save time tracking this information.

 

Who needs SDS’s?

SDS’s are meant for:

  1. Employees who may be occupationally exposed to a hazard at work.
  2. Employers who need to know the proper methods for storage etc.
  3. Emergency responders such as fire fighters, hazardous material crews, emergency medical technicians, and emergency room personnel.

SDS reflect the hazards of working with the material in an occupational fashion. For example, an SDS for paint is not highly pertinent to someone who uses a can of paint once a year, but is extremely important to someone who does this in a confined space 40 hours a week.

 

Why do I have to label chemical containers?

Employers must ensure that each hazardous chemical container in their workplace is labeled, tagged, or marked with the identity of the hazardous chemical and the appropriate hazard warning.

Existing labels on incoming containers of hazardous chemicals must be preserved and maintained unless the employer replaces the label immediately with the required information. Labels must be prominently displayed, legible, and in English. Required information in other languages may be added to the label as long as it is presented in English as well.

 

What is an emergency action plan?

An emergency action plan covers designated actions employers and employees must take to ensure employee safety from fire and other emergencies.

 

What should an emergency action plan include?

At the minimum, the following:

  1. A designated assembly location and procedures to account for all employees after an evacuation;
  2. Names, titles, departments, and telephone numbers of individuals both within and outside your company to contact for additional information or explanation of duties and responsibilities under the emergency plan;
  3. Procedures for employees who remain to perform or shut down critical plant operations, operate fire extinguishers, or perform other essential services that cannot be shut down for every emergency alarm before evacuating; and
  4. Rescue and medical duties for any workers designated to perform them.