In the above example its not hard to see how any contractor can become part of

In the above example its not hard to see how any

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In the above example, it’s not hard to see how any contractor can become part of a single OSHA citation due to a jobsite hazard. Even if the General Contractor did not put the employees at risk or the electrical contractor was not on site with the painters, all contractors are equally liable for any potential hazards or accidents that may occur. It is the responsibly of all employers to ensure a safe workplace for their employees. Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA]. (1999, December 10). Multi-Employer Citation Policy. Retrieved from ? p_id=2024&p_table=DIRECTIVES 8) Using the requirements for General Duty violations in Chapter 4 of the OSHA Field Operations Manual (FOM), describe a situation that could be cited as a violation of the General Duty Clause. Remember that the General Duty Clause can only be applied if there is no OSHA standard for the hazard. Explain how your citation meets the four elements listed in the FOM as necessary to prove such a violation. Your response should be at least 200 words in length. OSHA enforces thousands of safety and health standards. There are so many standards that employers and even the employees get confused when looking through the thousands of pages of small print of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) regarding the code of standards for occupational safety and health. It is a daunting task to cover every hazardous condition. Sometimes there is a potential or unsafe condition in the workplace, but there is no safety standard or specific rule to cover the hazard. The General Duty Clause states that the employer has a responsibility to protect workers from workplace hazards and ensure the safety and health of all employees, even if there is no standard under the Code of Federal Regulations. Employers must take corrective actions to eliminate any and all hazards in the workplace. If an employer fails to do so, then OSHA can and will always revert to the General Duty Clause to ensure that a hazard is recognized and abated. A number of conditions must be met in order for the General Duty Clause to be satisfied. The conditions are: there must be a hazard present
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the hazard must be recognized by the employer the hazard causes or is likely to cause serious harm or death to the employee the hazard must be correctable (Stanley, 2011) One example where a hazard meets the above four criteria in order for the General Duty Clause to be used is musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that result from hazardous lifting, repetitive work tasks, or awkward postures that work requires employees to do. If you look through the OSHA Field Operations Manual (FOM), you will have a challenge in finding a specific ergonomic standard that deals with these hazards. Let’s say a company has a high rate of back and shoulder injuries. These injuries are directly related to the employee’s job tasks on a daily basis. Then there must be a hazard present due to the frequency of the injuries. There is no standard for these types of injuries, but the hazard has to be
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