Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement


Safety Standards June 15, 2007

On-the-job safety challenges include criminal activity

As a 1988 graduate of Virginia Tech, the recent events in Blacksburg, Va., are very much on my mind. While OSHA has taken no position on this event other than to express sincere condolences to families affected, I thought it might be appropriate to write an article on workplace violence. Workplace violence is not a new concern for OSHA.

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
Safety Standards October 1, 2006

Helping small manufacturers understand the rules of safety

Recently, OSHA has been offering a series of seminars to national office employees called “The Business of Small Business.” These seminars offer a chance to learn what OSHA is doing to help small businesses, and provides opportunities for small businesses to present case studies of how they implemented safety and health programs, along with the results.

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
Safety Standards August 1, 2006

Taking a FIRM approach to understanding inspections

The last two columns have described the procedures and rules by which OSHA is bound when writing regulations. In this column, we’ll look at the policies and procedures for inspections. Though not as lengthy and time-consuming as writing regulations, there is an important process for conducting fair and comprehensive inspections.

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
Safety Standards June 1, 2006

Long OSHA rulemaking process gives everyone a voice

Last time, I wrote about the standards-writing process in OSHA. This article will pick up the discussion where I left off, with the proposed rule published and OSHA staff ready for comments on their work. Concurrent with sending the proposed rule to the Federal Register for printing, OSHA must also send copies to the Small Business Administration, OSHA Regional Offices and State Plan states.

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
Safety & PPE April 1, 2006

Why does OSHA’s rulemaking process take so long to complete?

The news this week at OSHA involves the hearings on the proposed Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment standard. This proposed standard was published in the Federal Register on June 15, 2005. The proposed rule would update the standards on electric power generation, transmission, and distribution and on electrical protective equipment for gen...

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
Lubrication February 1, 2006

Toilet facilities must be made available and accessible

OSHA's sanitation standard for general industry, 29 CFR 1910.141, requires employers to provide their employees with toilet facilities. An April 6, 1998 memorandum to the Agency's regional administrators and State Plan State designees explains the standard's requirements that employers make toilet facilities available so that employees can use them when needed.

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2005

Site-Specific Targeting focuses on high-injury work sites

The Site-Specific Targeting program is OSHA's main programmed inspection plan for non-construction worksites that have 40 or more employees. The SST directs enforcement resources to those worksites with the highest rate of injuries and illnesses as shown by the OSHA Data Initiative survey. The ODI survey collects calendar year injury and illness data annually.

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
Workforce Development October 1, 2005

OSHA mobilizes to respond to Hurricane Katrina aftermath

As part of the U.S. Department of Labor's response to Hurricane Katrina, OSHA has deployed safety and health professionals to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to provide technical assistance to recovery workers in their ongoing efforts along the Gulf Coast of the United States. OSHA has teams of professionals in the devastated regions to help ensure that the restoration of power and telecomm...

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
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