International Door & Operator Industry

MAR-APR 2018

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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12 International Door & Operator Industryâ„¢ Brian J. Schoolman is an attorney with Safran Law Offices in Raleigh, NC. Safran Law Offices has focused on the Construction Industry for more than thirty years, and is proud to have worked with and supported IDA from its inception more than two decades ago. For more information, please contact Brian at, or visit us at LEGAL&LEGISLATION Continued from page 11 published by OSHA which can be used as a go-by for constructing a safety plan, and for doing internal audits of your safety program. Those resources include: The OSHA Small Business Handbook ( smallbusiness/small-business.pdf) - this resource can serve as a starting point for creating a four-point safety plan that will comply with OSHA's management guidelines. The four points of the program are management commitment and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and proper training for employees, supervisors, and managers. The Handbook also details the recordkeeping that is required for OSHA compliance. In the Small Business Handbook, OSHA has provided a number of safety checklists, which cover an extensive catalog of potential situations. The checklists give employers guidelines for a variety of self-inspections, including for building and grounds conditions, housekeeping issues, cautions with electricity and chemicals, machinery, personnel, hand and power tools, fire protection, maintenance, PPE, and evacuation plans. An important warning about the checklists, which are included in pages 18 through 39 of the Handbook, is that they are typical for general industry but not for construction or maritime industries. That said, the checklists cover most issues that will be relevant for door dealers other than site- specific concerns which can only be evaluated when the technician gets to the job site. OSHA's online library of small business resources (https://www. athruz?pType=Industry&pID=193) - In addition to the Handbook and the Consultation Services guide, OSHA has provided specific publications for new businesses, process safety management, reporting requirements, and specialty issues. The most important takeaways from OSHA's self-help guidance materials is that employers can greatly benefit themselves by doing the planning and self-inspecting, and by taking advantage of the consultation services. Obviously, no amount of planning can avoid every single incident. However, the greatest risks for employers come from commonly known and commonly encountered risks. The top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards included fall protection, scaffolding violations, lockout/tagout violations, ladder violations, and machine guarding. These are basic safety hazards that will apply to virtually every work situation. As such, having and using checklists will improve your safety practices. Implementing regular "tool box talks" and other safety training will raise awareness for your employees. Training your employees and reinforcing their good practices is the best way to keep your business OSHA- compliant, and to avoid those dreaded OSHA enforcement inspections. "OSHA consultants are available to come to an employer's office or job site to help recognize hazards, develop safety programs, identify resources, and provide a written report for implementation by the owner. These consultants will not issue citations or propose penalties for violation of OSHA standards."

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