Audit, Compliance and Risk Blog

Saskatchewan extending workplace violence prevention requirements to all employers

Posted by Jon Elliott on Thu, Mar 07, 2024

Saskatchewan’s Employment Act (SEA) requires employers to take action to protect their employees against workplace violence. Since 1997, express requirements have applied to workplaces “prescribed” by regulations based on higher hazards; effective on May 17, 2024 these requirements apply in all workplaces, implementing SEA amendments enacted in 2023 by Bill 91 (“The Saskatchewan Employment (Part III) Amendment Act, 2022”). The rest of this summarizes workplace violence prevention (WVP) requirements set forth in the SEA, and in regulations issued and administered by the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Division of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety.

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Tags: Health & Safety, Workplace violence, Safety and Health at Work, workplace safety, safety violations, OHS, SEA

OSHA requires accident prevention signs and tags

Posted by Jon Elliott on Tue, Aug 02, 2022

The US federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations specify the formats of workplace warning signs and tags to alert workers to the presence of a variety of physical and health hazards.  OSHA’s Accident Prevention Signs and Tags Standard (29 CFR 1910.145) specifies wording, colors, shapes—even requiring sign corners to be rounded off.  OSHA sets up a hierarchy of hazards, and associated warnings. In addition, many of OSHA’s targeted standards include specific requirements for signs and tags.

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Tags: Health & Safety, OSHA, workplace safety, safety violations, Warning Signs

OSHA identifies 10 most frequently cited violations

Posted by Jon Elliott on Mon, Jul 25, 2022

The US federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published its annual list of the “Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards” for fiscal year (FY) 2021. The tabulation covers October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021; OSHA delays its annual publication to allow time for inspections during a fiscal year to produce citations if appropriate. (I wrote about OSHA inspection procedures and priorities HERE). The remainder of this note summarizes the new list.

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Tags: Health & Safety, OSHA, Workplace violence, violations, safety violations