What You Really Need to Know About…OSHA Workplace Inspections.
Attention: Purchasing agents/buyers. It is… your job to know the Federal Laws!!!
You may not think you need to know the law…as you just order whatever
you are told/asked to order.
When OSHA does a surprise or planned inspection and finds Equipment Violations, who then will be the responsible party?? Will it be
you…or the person who just told you what to order?
Another Big Question:
If you have purchased electrical equipment that has not been tested for safety, will your insurance company pay on a claim should a
calamity, such as a fire or an explosion, occur?
Most "Electric Equipment… used in the workplace… must be NRTL approved"
The requirements for NRTL approval of electric equipment are in 29 CFR 1910.303(a)
and 29 CFR 1910.307(c).
"Do Not… Buy Electric Equipment… that has not been tested and certified by a NRTL!"
OSHA has the authority to issue citations and impose penalties for
violations of government safety regulations. Penalties for a violation can be civil or criminal. All certified/approved equipment is labeled with the NRTL mark.
*** Our UV Woods lamp with Magnifier (item #1856) has been tested and certified
by an OSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) for product
*** Our Woods lamp has been Tested and Certified for Safety in both the US & European markets.
99% of all other Woods lamps on the market DO NOT meet OSHA
Nearly every employee in the United States comes under OSHA's jurisdiction.
The only exceptions are people who are self-employed, workers in mining and
transportation industries (who are covered by other agencies), and most public employees.
Thus, nearly every private employer in the United States needs to be cognizant of OSHA rules and regulations. Penalties for a violation can be civil or criminal and vary
depending on the nature of the violation. Why take any chances? Best to know the law!
OSHA was created to assure the safe and healthful working conditions for employees.
OSHA has the authority to inspect a workplace and issue citations and
impose penalties for violations of government safety regulations.
Normally, OSHA Conducts Inspections Without Advance Notice!!
Hospitals and medical facilities may be routinely and frequently inspected by OSHA.
Under the standards
(e.g., 29 CFR 1926.403(a) and 1926.449 (definitions), a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) must approve (accept, certify,
list, label, or otherwise determine to be safe) Electric equipment.
"Employers" should review carefully the NRTL approval requirements in the OSHA standards
to determine which requirements specifically apply to the products
they use. One such standard (29 CFR 1910.303(e)) requires that electric equipment bear the manufacturer's name, descriptive marking that provides the voltage, current,
wattage, or other ratings, as necessary, of the equipment.
Hazards of Using Non-Approved Products Employers may expose workers to serious hazards when they use non-approved products...
Electric shock, arc flash, blast events, electrocution, equipment shorts, explosions, burns, fires, toxic atmospheres generated by burning
and decomposing insulation and other materials associated with electrical fires, and wiring and component failures.
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