1. The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)

    Lockout/Tagout was the fourth most-frequently cited agency standard in FY 2019.

    Enforcement citations FY 2019: 2,612

    Number of inspections: 1,486

    Proposed penalties: $14,426,565

    Most frequently cited industries:

  2. Manufacturing
  3. Wholesale Trade
  4. Other Services (except Public Administration)
  5. Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services


    The OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.147, addresses the practices and procedures necessary to disable machinery or equipment, thereby preventing the release of hazardous energy while employees perform
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  • Scaffolding

    Scaffolding was the third most-frequently cited agency standard in FY 2019.

    Enforcement citations FY 2019: 3,018
    Number of inspections: 1,503
    Proposed penalties: $9,542,890

    Most frequently cited industries:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

    Common hazards

  • Falls from elevation, due to lack of fall protection.
  • Collapse of the scaffold, caused by instability or overloading.
  • Being struck by falling tools, work materials, or debris.
  • Electrocution, due to the proximity of the scaffold to overhead power lines.


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  • Fall protection- General Requirements

    OSHA’s fall protection standard was the No. 1 most-frequently cited agency standard in fiscal year 2019.

    Enforcement citations FY 2019: 6,628
    Number of inspections:6,438
    Proposed penalties:$34,620,555

    Most frequently cited industries:

  • Construction
  • Wholesale trade
  • Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services
  • Manufacturing


    Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths. Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls. OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction i
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  • Intersec 2020

    Industry sectors:
    Safety and Security
    intersec (Int'l Exhibition for Commercial Security, Police and Homeland Security, Fire & Safety & Health) takes place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 2014 intersec attracted more than 24766 visitors and 1213 exhibitors.

    Please visit Atlas Safety Products Booth, Hall 7 Stand 7D12


    Show Dates: 19 January to 21 January 20
    Time: 08:00 to 17:00
    Venue: World Trade Center, Dubai, UAE

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  • Securexpo

    Industry sectors:
    Safety and Security
    Securexpo (Int'l Protection and Security Expo) takes place in Krasnodar, Russia at Expograd Yug.

    Takes place every year

    Show Dates: February 26-29, 2020
    Time: 09:00 to 17:00
    Venue: Expograd Yug, Krasnodar, Russia

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  • Sicur

    Industry sectors:
    Safety and Security
    Sicur (Int'l Security, Safety and Fire Protection Exhibition) takes place in Madrid, Spain at IFEMA Feria de Madrid. Trade show is organized by Ifema.

    Takes place every second year

    Organizer: Ifema

    Show Dates: February 25-28, 2020
    Time: 09:00 to 17:00
    Venue: Madrid, Spain

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  • What to Expect from OSHA in 2020

    Don’t expect the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to slow down as it enters the fifth decade of its existence, following a year of heightened activity in support of its workplace safety mission.

    An agency of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), OSHA spent 2019 increasing its number of employer inspections and pursuing new rulemakings and programs. In fiscal year 2019, It conducted 33,401 inspections—more inspections than the previous three years—addressing violations related to trenching, falls, chemical exposure, silica exposure and other hazards.

    The enforcement numbers do not include 22 state plans which are responsible for covering both private sector and state and local government workers, and six additional states covering only state and local government workers. Those states rely on their own resources and assistance from federal OSHA to enforce both

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  • Avoiding the Slippery Slope

    We have all seen the videos. A person stands on a loose shoelace or piece of clothing as they are walking, and falls flat on their face. In cold countries, we witness people helplessly falling over on an icy surface. In some movies and TV Shows, there is the classic “slipping on a banana” gag. Is this all just a bit of harmless fun? Unfortunately not.

    What is seen as a trivial issue can actually be very serious, with the potential consequences from these incidents including life-changing injuries, even fatalities. So, we need to consider very carefully how to prevent these incidents occurring, or if they do, how we can protect our colleagues from the consequences of slips, trips and falls. First, let us look at the difference between the three terms – “slip”, “trip” and “fall”. Then we can take a deeper look at the causes and consequences, so we can outline the precautions and control measures you can use to help protect your business and colleagues.
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  • Lighting Levels

    We all know the fairytale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears . While there are many variations, in the story’s popularised modern interpretation a little girl named Goldilocks goes for a walk in the forest, comes upon a house, enters, and finds three bowls of porridge: the first too hot; the next too cold; the third just right. Likewise, of the three beds she trials one is too hard, the next too soft, and the third so comfortable that she falls asleep. Since it wasn’t her house, let alone porridge or bed, things don’t work out too well for Goldilocks, but in the world of safety – where lighting should be neither too much nor too little – we should all aspire to the gold (-ilocks) standard.

    When I was asked to write an article on lighting I was reminded of an incident where a plant manager wanted to ban sunglasses for employees working indoors. He said he found it absurd that workers could claim that there was a danger because of insufficient lighting,
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  • Reports can no longer be filed via e-mail after Cal/OSHA opens a new website

    Lost in the welter of other high-profile employment laws recently enacted by the California State Legislature is a new requirement that changes the criteria for deciding what are serious jobsite occupational injuries, illnesses and deaths of workers that employers need to report to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA).

    Another new state law changes the methods by which employers are expected to file reports of these incidents. It eliminates the option for e-mail reporting once the agency opens a new online reporting website that it is currently working on. Even after the new website is up and operating, employers will still have the option of continuing to report via telephone. Both new laws will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

    One law, called AB 1805, amends the definition of “serious injury or illness” that is contained in state law

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