Frequently Asked Safety Questions
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Common safety questions
When it comes to safety consulting, many of our customers are full of questions ranging from questions about their business, industry, and needs, to specific safety questions and how we can help. Here are some of the most common safety questions we get asked by our customers and prospective clients:
What "industry" does my company fall under for OSHA regulations?
When people hear industry, they usually think things like "concrete industry" or "restaurant industry". This isn't exactly correct. In fact, OSHA treats industries in a different manner, and breaks them down into specific categories. These three categories are some of the industries we work for:
- Construction Industry (1926- OSHA Definition) - The term construction means work for construction, alteration, and/or repair, including painting and decorating. It should be noted that the term construction regulations 1926 applies to every place of employment where a worker engages in construction work. Even manufacturers (General Industry) can fall under the OSHA construction regulations if their workers perform construction work. Check out our page on Construction Industry Safety Consulting to learn more.
- General Industry (1910- OSHA Definition) – Establishments not engaged in mining, domestic, construction or agricultural activities. Several examples include; warehousing, manufacturing, food processing, and various industrial operations. Check out our page on General Industry Safety Consulting to learn more.
- Maritime Industry (1915- OSHA Definition) – This standard shall apply to every employee and place of employment engaged in ship repair, ship breaking, and shipbuilding or a related employment. Check out our page on Maritime Industry Safety Consulting to learn more
How much does safety consulting cost?
Here's the short answer – it depends! Sometimes we charge on a lump sum basis, while other projects are billed on a time & expenses basis. Our services range from FREE to $10,000 and up. It all depends on what your business and your needs. Click here to learn more about Safety Consulting Costs & Prices.
Where do you guys provide safety consulting services?
The short answer is just about anywhere. While we are headquartered in New jersey, we provide services all across the United States. Additionally, when it comes to industries, we generally work in the three industries described above. To learn more about where we provide our services check out Where We Work and Who We Help to learn more.
What are the top OSHA violations my company should be concerned about?
There's a ton to consider when it comes to safety, but generally we've found these are the top issues when it comes to OSHA violations.
- Fall Protection (1926) – This has been OSHA's most cited violation for the last 6 consecutive years, and with good reason as this is unfortunately the leading cause of employee fatalities on construction sites.
- Hazard Communication (1910 GI) – Many companies have not updated their programs and employee training programs to align with OSHAs adopted GHS elements that have been in effect since 2013.
- Scaffolding (1926) – Typically a construction regulation, however scaffolds are used in the Maritime Industry as well.
- Respiratory Protection (1910) - This standard and violations relating to this standard are commonplace across the General, Construction & Maritime Industries.
- Lockout/Tagout (1910) – These violations typically occur in the General & Maritime Industries, however violations have occurred in the construction industry as well.
What happens if I got in trouble & received an OSHA violation?
Dealing with an OSHA violation is a highly technical and legal matter since you are being fined for violating federal laws and regulations. If you're dealing with an OSHA violation, you need to get in touch with a safety professional immediately. You'll likely going to need guidance in this situation since many time restraints are in place. For example, you'll have limited time to schedule an Informal Conference with OSHA to discuss violations and potential penalties.
What new OSHA penalties or fines should I be worried about?
Increased penalties & fines structures from OSHA took effect August 1, 2016 and cover violations in all industries. These are vitally important to know and understand!
- Other Than Serious Violation – Increased from $7,000 to $12,471 maximum fine.
- Serious Violations - Increased from $7000 to $12,471 maximum fine.
- Willful Violations – Increased from $70,000 to $124,709 maximum fine.
- Repeated Violations – Increased from $70,000 to $124,709 maximum fine.
- Failure to Abate Violations – Increased from $7,000 per day to $12,471 per day beyond abatement date.
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