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Top 5 OSHA Citations for Golf & Country ClubsHistorically, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has not payed a great deal of attention to the Golf and Country Club industry in comparison to other “high-hazard” industries. OSHA officials admit that in the past, reasons for most of their inspections at clubs was due to either employee complaints or employee injury/fatalities.

More recently, OSHA has been focusing on the club industry and hitting clubs with more and more citations for violating OSHA standards. Not only are these citations frustrating, but they are financially costly to the club as well.

Here are the Top 5 Most Common Golf and Country Club OSHA Citations from 2019:

  1. Hazard Communication
  2. Maintenance, Safeguards, and Operational Feature for Exit Routes
  3. General Requirements: Personal Protective Equipment
  4. Respiratory Requirements
  5. Portable Fire Extinguishers

For additional OSHA compliance resources visit www.osha.gov  or contact the local OSHA office.

At Gulfshore Insurance, we specialize in insurance and risk management for golf and country clubs. We work with more than 50 clubs throughout Florida and we are happy to assist you with training materials, safety programs, and insurance for your club.

Jeffrey Sanders, TRIP is Client Advisor at Gulfshore Insurance. Jeff works with a wide range of business clients to deliver strategic risk analysis, guidance, and insurance. Comments and questions are welcome at jsanders@gulfshoreinsurance.com

OSHA has developed this interim guidance to help prevent worker exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The guidance also addresses considerations that may help employers prepare for more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19, in the event that this kind of transmission begins to occur. The guidance is intended for non-healthcare settings; healthcare workers and employers should consult guidance specific to them.

Measures for protecting workers from exposure to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 depend on the type of work being performed and exposure risk, including potential for interaction with infectious people and contamination of the work environment. Employers should adapt infection control strategies based on a thorough hazard assessment, using appropriate combinations of engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent worker exposures. Some OSHA standards that apply to preventing occupational exposure to COVID-19 also require employers to train workers on elements of infection prevention, including PPE.

OSHA recommends employers remain aware of the evolving outbreak situation and adapt infection control measures as needed. The highest risk for worker exposure is in the following industries:

  • healthcare,
  • deathcare,
  • laboratory,
  • airline,
  • border protection,
  • solid waste and wastewater management operations, and
  • international travel to areas with ongoing, person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Click here to view the full release for OSHA.

 

It’s time to electronically submit injury summaries to OSHA. March 2, 2020 is the deadline for electronically reporting your OSHA Form 300A data for calendar year 2019.

Who has to report?

Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and facilities with 20-249 employees that are in certain industries must submit info from Form 300A electronically to OSHA.

There are three options to submit the data on OSHA’s website:

  • Enter the data into a webform
  • Upload a CSV file to process single or multiple facilities at the same time, or
  • Transmit an API file.

Starting this year, employers must include their facilities’ Employer Identification Numbers.

Other OSHA rules for Forms 300, 300A and 301 aren’t changed by the electronic requirement.

OSHA Penalties Increase for 2020 Effective January 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has increased the maximum allowable penalty amounts for OSHA violations in federally-mandated states.

The 2020 numbers are a result of a cost-of-living adjustment multiplier based on the Consumer Price Index, which was calculated at 1.101764 as of October 2019. The most recent penalty amount for each level of violation was multiplied by this number and rounded to the nearest dollar.

The maximum penalty amounts that may now be assessed are:

For more information: OSHA Memo, Jan 10, 2020.

General industry and maritime employers making good-faith efforts to comply with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s silica regulation could avoid citations during the first 30 days after the agency begins enforcing the rule.

The Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica rule reduces the permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica over an eight-hour shift to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air for the construction industry, one-fifth of the previous maximum, as well as for general industry and the maritime industry at half of the previous maximum.

Most of the provisions of the general industry and maritime silica standard will become enforceable on June 23.

“During the first 30 days of enforcement, OSHA will assist employers that are making good-faith efforts to meet the new standard’s requirements,” Galen Blanton, acting deputy assistant secretary for OSHA, said in a memorandum released Friday. “If upon inspection it appears an employer is not making any efforts to comply, compliance officers should conduct air monitoring in accordance with agency procedures and consider citations for noncompliance with any applicable sections of the new standard. Any proposed citations related to inspections conducted in this 30-day time period will require National Office review prior to issuance.”