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Iowa Occupational Safety and Health - Division of Labor - Iowa Workforce Development

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Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Enforcement
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There are changes coming to the way safety checks are conducted.  As time progresses, there needs to be changes in order to keep workers safe.  New requirements are being set in order to make this happen.  Changes to transporting, exporting, importing, and the way products are sold are subject to changes in safety procedures.

 

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Workers' Compensation Perspectives: Do random workplace inspections reduce worker injuries?

Workers' Compensation Perspectives: Do random workplace inspections reduce worker injuries? | Aspect 3 safety science | Scoop.it
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Do workplace inspections reduce injuries at the cost of job loss? Most will say yes but the answer is no.  A study was conducted that shows that workplace inspections reduce injuries by 9%.  Along with this reduction, the company also saves 26% that would otherwise be spent on expencive health care bills and workers comp payments.  And now the big question.  Do workplace inspections create job loss?  The answer is no.  There was no visible evidence that safety inspections caused job loss.  In conclusion workplace inspections reduce injuries and do not cause job loss in companies.

 

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Do Random Inspections Increase Workplace Safety, Or Just Break The Bank? The Debate May Be Over. - Richard P. Console Personal Injury Law Blog on Lawyers.com

Do Random Inspections Increase Workplace Safety, Or Just Break The Bank? The Debate May Be Over. - Richard P. Console Personal Injury Law Blog on Lawyers.com | Aspect 3 safety science | Scoop.it
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Random, random is key when it comes to safety inspections.  Most OSHA inspections are planned and the company being inspected is informed ahead of time that they are going to be reviewed.  This gives them a small window to make temporary but effective changes to their plant in order to make it pass all the OSHA standards.  Although they fix the problems and improve their injury rate, it goes back up soon after the inspection is complete.  The key to these inspections is making them random.  A study was done that shows that companies who recieve random checks have less accidents than companies who know about them ahead of time.

 

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osha2098.pdf

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The inspector will tour the plant being inspected and will inspect all of the work areas and check for hazards that might be present.  He will talk with employees and take notes of the conditions and make sure that everything is in compliance with the regulations.  Also he will take samples of the environment to check for toxic fumes, gases and dusts.  In addition to this he will collect air samples and monitor noise levels.  All of this is done to ensuer the health and safety of the employees.

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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 18, 2013 7:12 PM
In some cases the inspector will talk to employees during the inspection. They may ask the workers questions about their working conditions and see if they have any complainants about their work area. In doing this they insure the safety of the worker by protecting them from discrimination from their employer. Without this the employers have an unfair advantage over the employees and can discriminate them for who they are. There are special Acts that protect these employees under the government to protect them from these sort of scandals and discriminatory acts.
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The Importance of Health and Safety For Your Business | The Works - Small Business Hub

Health and safety is important… Sometimes the importance of health and safety issues goes right over our heads but we need to be reminded sometimes that
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Health and safety is the most important aspect to running a successfull business in todays society but most often it is the most overlooked topic.  The only time we are reminded of this topic is when an accident has already occured.  The problem is "already occured".  If these accidents can be stopped from happening all together the world would be a better place.  If companies spend more time on safety, many accidents could be prevented.  The only way to do this is with random safety checks.

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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 18, 2013 10:42 PM
When conducting an effective safety check one must consider the following, what were the previous injuries, where is the problem occurring, and how could have this been avoided? Here is how to conduct a proper safety check. First complete a study on health and risk safety. Then look at the previous injuries that have occurred in the company in prior years. Lastly, see if there is any factors that are harming not only the current workers but if there are any effects on the near by environment by the company. Once you have done this, you should see an decrease in injury in your work place.
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Are random OSHA inspections a GOOD incentive for a safe workplace?

Are random OSHA inspections a GOOD incentive for a safe workplace? | Aspect 3 safety science | Scoop.it
A recent study published in Science magazine indicates that companies that experience a random inspection by OSHA also experience, on average, a sig
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Random inspections are OSHA's most effective way to prevend workplace accidents.  This seems to be the only way to show company head executives that this is the only way to protect the workers of their company.  This works because it saves them money that would go into expencive medical bills and workers comp.  Also it prevents embarrassment that the companie would most likely recieve.  

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inspect.pdf

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A workplace inspection consists of a tour of the company production area or areas of a particular company.  It is important to conduct these inspections in order ensure the safety of the workers and employers alike.  The inspector focuses on equipment, processes, materials, buildings, and procedures that could possibly malfunction and cause injury or illness to the employee.  It is crucial to keep these possible hazards under control.  It is necessary to have annual safety inspections in order for the company to protect their workers and to comply with the government regulations.  

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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 18, 2013 8:23 PM
How often should these checks be conducted? A safety check should be done once a month but if this is not possible or practical the absolute minimum is once a year. Every year, the physical condition of the company should be checked and part of it should be checked once a month. The inspection has to adhere to a schedule put in place by the joint health and safety committee. If the workplace is from 6-19 employees, the health and safety representatives will set these schedules.