• Over 50% of the time was devoted to tracing the power source of a machine whether a shrink wrap, or just a conveyor or taper

• LOCK OUT/TAG OUT—This was a big topic, most notably on DUO POWER SOURCED equipment—electrical and pneumatic. Make sure that you have:

  • A lockout/tagout policy
  • A lockout/tagout procedure
  • Training and training logs on both
  • The OSHA inspector wanted the names of the person “doing the repairs”. (this was easy as it is the service technician from the equipment rep. But you still must have your procedure that they will follow and of course that your staff follows for any minor work they might do)
  • Lock out/tag out—EACH DIFFERENT TYPE OF MACHING MUST HAVE A SPECIFIC PROCEDURE. In other words, you must have a “Shrink-wrap lock-out/tag-out procedure”; a “Blister machine lock-out….etc).
  • You must indicate in the procedure WHERE you lock it out, not just a check mark that it has been locked out. In other words, you must state “locked out at the main panel switch” and “disconnected at the air valve and locked out”; NOT just a check by “locked out

To summarize that, you must have a 1) lock out procedure for single power sourced equipment, and 2) lock out procedure for duo-sourced powered equipment, and it must by type-specific for each “type” of duo-powered equipment.

Prior to exit, the manager was not informed of any findings, but was told that he would receive a call Monday for a closing conference.

Picture were taken of various power sources during the inspection.

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 To promote continuous learning, here are Items of interest that were noted during a recent inspection of a workshop by OSHA officials:

  • Electrical cords, especially making sure that if you are using an extension cord instead of going directly to the power source, have only one (1) rated cord between the 110 power source and the machine/apparatus
  • Cords off floor, prefer overhead power source; if too long, can be looped and held together by a tieband, but not knotted or tied in knot
  • Watch for any open knock-out plugs
  • Watch for any fraying on any cords
  • Looked at fork truck operator, looked at fork truck training certifications, asked the forklift driver about his training
  • Wanted copy of federal I.D. number
  • Wanted copies of
    • 300 logs,--pick out incidents at random and asked question about it
    • 300A, both for last 3 years and current year
    • evacuation procedures,
    • evacuation exit diagram,
    • machine operator training
    • Copy of Fork truck training test
    • Copy of machine training for sheltered workers
    • Copy of lockout/tagout procedure (more on that later)
    • Copy of daily forktruck safety log
  • Looked to see the MSDS sheets were visible and accessible (don’t forget—don’t put in production office! That is an “intimidating” place! Ours is on a shelf out on the production floor, easily accessible for any employee at any time)
  • Opened up an electrical box
  • Checked baler operation
  • Talked to 5 employees, 3 certified and 2 staff, interviewed about the “safeness” of working at the location (Danny one of our 27 year veterans, asked if she was married, why not, does she like bowling….)
  • Check emergency exits were clear
  • Check for the chucks outside the loading dock
  • Looked to see storage was not within 8 inches of sprinkler
  • Asked if anyone gets in a cage to go up into storage racks
  • Asked what our most frequent accident incident is/was (this was answered “trips, due to the poor vision, especially peripheral, of our workers, and the shuffling of feet by some vs. picking their  foot up when they walk”).
  • Asked what our most dangerous chemical was (right after, she said, “your really don’t work with chemicals, and I said yes, as we don’t. Then when I said, “..guess it would be hand sanitizer, we package some but don’t fill”, the inspector said, “oh, you mean if a bottle breaks and spills. That’s fine”.

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