During a conference session on Oct. 24, at the National Safety Congress & Expo in Houston, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced its list of the top 10 occupational safety violations, occurring for fiscal year 2017.
Patrick Kapust, OSHA’s Deputy Director of the Directorate of Enforcement Programs, counted down the list. The top 10 violations announced by OSHA were:
10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment—Eye and Face Protection
9. Machine Guarding
8. Fall Protection—Training Requirements
7. Powered Industrial Trucks
4. Respiratory Protection
3. Scaffolds—General Requirements
2. Hazard Communication
1. Fall Protection—General Requirements
A big focus here at ACC is product stewardship, with an emphasis on workplace safety and safe handling practices. With regard to OSHA’s top 10 list, the Center for Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) provides a variety of resources on hazard communication, respiratory protection and personal protective equipment (PPE). A quick look through our product stewardship library yields plenty of information workers and employers can use to help educate themselves and others.
CPI, along with the Diisocyanates (DII) and Aliphatic Diisocyanates (ADI) panels, represents ACC in a National Alliance with OSHA. The mission of our Alliance is to provide members, occupational physicians, stakeholders and others within the polyurethanes value chain with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them further protect the health and safety of workers.
As a direct result of our Alliance with OSHA, the ADI panel developed an infographic, offering guidance on PPE usage with automotive refinishing, including high-level recommendations for respiratory protection and eye and face protection. Other Alliance activities have included CPI working with downstream trade associations and OSHA to provide government speakers at industry events to share information with workers and employers about workplace safety.
ACC is committed to protecting the health and safety of workers. Collaborating with OSHA, we are able to expand our audience and provide more information to stakeholders about eliminating some of the most common safety violations in the workplace.