OSHA documenting and training

So scaffolding in 2014, there were over 5,000, so we're back in the construction industry now. And we take a look at scaffolding and see what we might have to do. We want to make sure that we're properly maintained. So this is going to come back a lot to the manufacturer of the scaffolding. When you purchase scaffolding, you want to save that owner's manual, and all written material that came from the manufacturer itself. They're going have to tell us how to maintain it. Develop a law make sure that we have documented how we maintain our scaffolding. Make sure we're looking for any defects that might happen there. 

So, you've got to instruct your employees on how to assemble the scaffolding. Again, the manufacturer can help us with that, through their manual that comes with the scaffolding. It's very important here, that you would have your workers to sign off that they were trained in how to assemble that scaffolding. 

Documentation is going to be something that's going to be very important in OSHA's eyes. If you did not document it, then it never happened. So we've got to make sure that we are documenting everything and the manufacturer can help us with the written material that comes with their equipment. So we have got to understand that there is a weight limit on this scaffolding. I've seen people go and store items on there, climb up the scaffolding, put very heavy items on there, whether they're tools or materials. So, we have to know the weight limits of the scaffolding house. 

TPC Online, on all of the topics that I've just talked about, we have an excellent learning management system that can document all of that for you. So we have this online training that talks about falls, talks about HazCom, talks about the proper method of dealing with scaffolding. And, anybody that is familiar with us knows that this online training is very easy, it's nice, it's worker friendly. And in OSHA's eyes, if you're training your workers, OSHA is going to be very, very happy about that. 

So Respiratory Protection. And here we have almost 4,000 citations in 2014. But again, you can see that OSHA wants you to document. So, you have to have a written policy detailing your respiratory protection. It has to be very clear, and it has to be appropriate for the hazard. How many people have just put on a respirator and gone into an area and they're not even sure that respirator is going to protect them from the hazard that's in that area? So one respirator does not take care of everything that we might encounter out there, so we have to make sure that it is the right respirator. 

Has to be signed and stored properly, and this is true about any personnel protective equipment in the eyes of OSHA. That we want to make sure that it fits properly, we want to make sure that it is sanitary, and we always want to store it in the proper manner. So when the next worker picks up that respirator, it has to be clean, ready to go, and if it does have straps on it or adjustments, they have to be trained on how they can adjust it to their face. And we can see that old word again, "Document." So we have to maintain our equipment properly.

Again, the manufacturer of the respirators can help with some of this, you will see in their documentation completely how that respirator has to be maintained. 

And training. So, again here is where TPC Online can help you tremendously. We have to train the employee on the proper use of the equipment. And that's a recurring theme that I keep seeing here, documentation and training. Those two items will take care of almost all your problems. So we want to make sure that's a good message. 

So, electrical wiring, and these wiring methods, we have a little over 3,000 citations on these. The one big thing that OSHA is concerned in this area is extension cords. So they really look heavily on your use of extension cords. You have to understand that if you see the picture on the right hand side that, that cord is nicked, you have to know that we really can't repair that cord. That cord was UL listed, and it was UL listed with the installation intact completely. We can never really get that back to the condition that it was when UL listed that. So you really can't repair that cord. The best thing that you can do is cut that cord up, and make sure that nobody can use that cord, dispose of it properly.

Top left hand side, again, extension cords. You can see that we have a third prime on that extension cord. Very important that we have that equipment grounding conductor present on extension cords. I was on OSHA's website last night, I saw Fatal Facts, a 16 old worker died because the third prime wasn't on his extension cord, so we've got to be very, very careful about that.