OSHA Inspection Priorities Update 2019-2020
Late in 2019 OSHA revised its inspection priority weighting system.
What can you do to prepare for such inspections? Document training, procedures and auditing the performance of your people in emergency action plans; personal protective equipment; lockout-tagout; right-to-know hazard communication; slips, falls and tripping hazards; machine guarding; powered industrial trucks; wiring and general electrical.
OSHA has identified two objectives for this revision to the Enforcement Weighting System (EWS), now known as the OSHA Weighting System (OWS)
- To continue to develop and support a management system to focus enforcement activities on critical and strategic areas where the Agency’s efforts can have the most impact
- To further promote the appropriate allocation of resources to support OSHA’s balanced approach to promoting safe and healthy workplaces.
Sensemaking for Your Precision Machining Shop: You can intelligently manage your company’s risk of OSHA enforcement and penalties by asking yourself these three questions and then doing something about them: Do you have a process for managing safety? Is it followed? Is it effective?
As employers we have a general duty to maintain a safe workplace. Let’s take our duty seriously.