Business who willfully or repeatedly violate any OSHA standard, rule or or regulations may now be assessed a civil penalty of up to $70,000 for each violation but not less than $5,000 for each willful violation. OSHA Administrative Law Judges are reluctant to reduce fines. Hotel management must ensure full compliance with all relevant OSHA standards including (but not limited to): 1. Hazard Communication (Chemical Safety) – CFR 1910.1200 Globally Harmonized Standard (GHS), Employee Right-to-Understand, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), labeling and pictographs, etc. 2. Bloodborne Pathogens Standard – CFR 1910.1030 Exposure Control Plan, Universal Precautions, Hepatitis B Vaccination Offering & Declination Documentation, etc. 3. Wiring Methods and Electrical Safety – CFR 1910.0305 & 1910.0303 & 1910.0304 Lock-Out/Tag-Out (Control of Hazardous Energy) (CFR 1910.0147) Clearance Around Electrical Panels, Grounding, Wiring, Components and Equipment, Labeling, Circuit Breaker Panel Gap Covers, etc. 4. Personal Protective Equipment – CFR 1910.0134 Respiratory Protection and Fit Tests (CFR 1910.0134), Eye & Face Protection (CFR 1910.0133), Hand Protection and Gloves (CFR 1910.0138), Foot Protection, Hearing Protection, etc. 5. Machine Guarding – CFR 1910.0212 Abasive Wheels (Grinders) (CFR 1910.0215) Laundry, Mechanical Rooms, Boilers, HVAC, Fans, Elevators, Mixers, Woodworking and Table Saw Guarding (CFR 1910.0213), etc. 6. First Aid and Medical Services – CFR 1910.0151 7. Slip & Fall Prevention – CFR 1910.22 The walking/working surfaces standards says that hotels must, “maintain floors in a clean and, so far as possible, dry condition, and mats provided where practicable.” OSHA recommends such things as handrails, good housekeeping procedures, and immediate floor clean-up of spills, etc. 8. Oxygen-Fuel Gas Welding – CFR 1910.0253 Hot Work, Welding, Cutting and Soldering 9. Exit Routes – CFR 1910.0037 Maintaining Unobstructed Paths of Travel 10. Fall Protection – Working From Heights – Aerial Lifts – CFR 1910.0453, Rotating Work Platforms (CFR 1926.0067) Duty to Have Fall Protection (CFR 1926.0501) 11. Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts) – CFR 1910.0178 12. Ladder Safety – CFR 1926.1053 – Points of Contact When Ascending/Descending, Ladder Condition, Maintenance, Cleat Condition, etc. 13. Recordkeeping – OSHA 300 with Annual Summary Posted – CFR 1904.0032 14. Emergency Action Plans – CFR 1910.0038 15. Fire Prevention Plans – CFR 1910.0039 16. Portable Fire Extinguishers – CFR 1910.0157 17. Manual Material Handling – Handling Materials – CFR 1910.0176 Source: http://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/citedstandard.sic?p_esize=&p_state=FEFederal&p_sic=70
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