Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2017, December 2017

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year of 2017; compiled from thousands of inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, thousands of the same on-the-job hazards are cited, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury.

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News & Views, July 2017

HFO-1234yf REFRIGERANT IS A FLAMMABLE GAS

Automobiles have been using refrigerant gases in their AC systems for decades.  The refrigerant gases have generally been inert gases, such as Freon-12 and R-134.  Recently, many auto manufacturers have started to use HFO-1234yf as the refrigerant gas in their AC systems.  This gas is expensive, about $80/lb., and the recycling machine costs another $5000.  The bigger issue is that it is a flammable gas.  Flammable gases pose special hazards and dealers should take steps to address this concern.

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Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016, October 2016

Every October, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff.  One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, thousands of the same on-the-job hazards are cited, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury.

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Hazmat Manifest, Forklift Training, Injuries and Fatalities Reports, etc., July 2000

Bye-Bye Manifest

California hazardous waste disposal documentation laws have been simplified.  Now disposal of waste antifreeze, oil/water separator sludge (500 gallon per 30-day period) and parts cleaning solvent (both petroleum-based and water-based) do not require the completion of a manifest.  The manifest is a six-page, multi-colored State of California document that needed to be completed for disposal of any hazardous waste unless exempted.

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Wastewater Disposal, Respiratory Protection Program, Forklift Operator Training, etc., May 1999

Wastewater Disposal

A number of auto dealers in Orange County, California are involved in a lawsuit over improper disposal of wastewater to storm drains.  A company that previously was involved in cleaning the shop floors at some of these dealerships has filed the lawsuit.  While the legal theories being used in the lawsuit are complex, the objective of this article is to reinforce proper wastewater disposal procedures for the dealerships.

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