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Safety Forum

OSHA Publications and Posters

by Staff

May-June, 2008
Do you continue to receive ‘official looking’ announcements or threatening notices requiring you purchase OSHA documents from the organization in order to remain in compliance? One of the most popular documents offered for sale is the OSHA Workplace Poster. OSHA even has a few stories of individuals falsely identifying themselves as being from the Department of Labor or OSHA when contacting employers. They have even gone as far as threatening fines if specific materials are not purchased. Don’t be fooled.

Most OSHA publications are available free of charge to anyone who simply asks or visits the publications page of the OSHA web site at www.osha.gov/pls/publications/publication.html. Publications, posters, OSHA fact sheets, training materials, etc., can be ordered directly through the publications or, in many cases, downloaded from the web site. It is particularly important that employers do not fall victim to misleading solicitations or spend money unnecessarily where safety resources are concerned.

As a reminder, employers must continually display the Department of Labor poster informing employees of the protections afforded under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The poster must be displayed in a conspicuous place.

Are you ready to learn more about how to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses? On the OSHA web site, there is a Quick Start program for businesses with less than 250 employees. Just enter this URL to get there: http://osha.gov/dcsp/compliance_assistance/quickstarts/index.html and click on General Industry. By following this step-by-step guide, you can identify many of the major OSHA requirements and guidance materials that may apply to your workplace. This Quick Start feature is not comprehensive – there may be additional OSHA standards and guidance materials that also may apply to your business.

If you are in a state with an OSHA-approved state program, you are subject to state occupational safety and health regulations that may have more stringent or supplemental requirements.

Take a few moments and explore the OSHA web site. The resources available throughout the site are extensive. You can find answers to questions about chemical health hazards, view the standards and regulations relating to the finishing industry, and even download training materials to help with the required annual refresher training. These resources are well-prepared but rather general in nature. Customization of the information to your workplace is not only a good idea, it makes better safety!

InsideFinishing would like to thank Bill Effron, president of Alco Print Finishers in Tulsa, Okla. for his contribution to this Safety Forum. He has worked for over 20 years as a health, safety, and environmental protection consultant. Working for a wide variety of companies, including major corporations and an internationally known university, he has provided safety and health expertise to all levels of the organization on loss prevention, risk management, process safety, crisis management, and business disaster recovery.

Safety Self-Inspection Checklist Available
The Foil Stamping & Embossing Association (FSEA) has compiled a Safety Self-Inspection Checklist to help foil stamping and other finishing operations evaluate their safety procedures and prepare themselves for an OSHA inspection. The checklist includes a detailed listing of safety practices that should be followed, including a company’s general program, its facility, the protection of employees, and equipment. The complete checklist is available online at www.fsea.com in the Members Only area of the FSEA web site (username and password must be used) or a hard copy can be purchased for only $35 by calling the FSEA at (785) 271-5816.