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2015 OSHA Safety Trends to be Aware Of

2015 OSHA Safety Trends to be Aware Of

As of January 1st, 2015, OSHA implemented new reporting requirements for the New Year, instructing all employers to report any work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye within 24 hours of knowledge of the incident.  This revised injury and illness reporting rule is not the only change to come from OSHA this year though. OSHA’s Safety News Alert site recently listed some of the other top trends employers need to watch out for as we progress into 2015, many of which are relatable to the FabriCare industry.

Revised Hazard Communication Standard. While this new regulatory deadline mainly applies to manufacturers and distributors, OSHA  emphasizes that other industries should take note; by June 1st, 2015 all new chemical labels, as well as safety data sheets, must comply with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The site also stresses how employers should look for some movement in OSHA’s attempt to update its chemical standards, particularly permissible exposure limits.

Fewer Inspections, Bigger Fines. OSHA was restricted from conducting certain types of inspections during the government shutdown in Fall 2013, until a new federal budget was approved. As a result in the meantime, the cost of an average federal OSHA fine rose from $1,897 in 2013 to $2,067 in 2014. Employers should keep in mind that state-plan states are keeping pace with their workplace safety inspections.

More Inspections Resulting from Employee Complaints. Of the workplace inspections that do occur, a large majority have been the result of employee complains. 27% of all inspections in 2014 were the result of complaints, versus 20-24% in previous years.

These are just a few of the OSHA safety trends that Drycleaner and other business owners should be aware of as we move into 2015. Putting a focus on safety will save a drycleaner money by reducing their Drycleaning Workers’ Compensation premiums.  To learn more about the Workers’ Compensation policies available through our FabriCare Advantage program, please contact Irving Weber Associates, Inc. (IWA) today at (855) 764-7406.