Workplace lighting and illumination

Illumination

Workplace lighting and illumination

Good illumination is important to maximize production and maintain quality control. Poor lighting on the job site will lead to personal injury accidents.

OSHA requires that all construction areas, including stairs, ramps, corridors, storage areas, shops, offices, etc. be lighted by natural or artificial illumination. Table D-3 in OSHA standard 1926.56 indicates the intensities required for specific areas. OSHA uses a foot candle measurement for determining the intensity of illumination. For general construction areas illumination must be equal to 5-foot candles.

View Minimum Illumination Intensities in Foot-Candles.

Generally speaking, if you are able to read drawings and follow layout marks without difficulty and use cutting tools effectively and with ease, there is sufficient lighting on the site. Plant and shop areas, first aid stations and offices require higher intensities of illumination.

Temporary lighting should follow these guidelines:

  • All temporary wiring and lighting on the site must comply with the same codes as permanent wiring.
  • Undersized wiring or overloaded circuits lead to work stoppages, electrical shocks and even fires.
  • Be sure wiring is protected from damage in high traffic areas.
  • Flexible cords used for temporary or portable lights must be designed for hard or extra-hard usage.
  • All lamps for general illumination must be protected from accidental contact or breakage.
  • Metal case sockets must be grounded.
  • Temporary lights must not be suspended by their cords unless specifically designed for this means of suspension.
  • 120-volt, portable lighting may be used in wet or other conductive locations such as vessels, drums and tanks but only if protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter, otherwise the maximum permitted is 12 volts or less.
  • Temporary wiring must be removed immediately upon completion of construction.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WIRING AND ILLUMINATION SEE OSHA STANDARD 1926.405

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COVID-19 and OSHA Recordkeeping

COVID-19 and OSHA Recordkeeping

The news about Coronavirus is changing daily and adapting to these changes is something all jobsites will need to be ready for. If you are here, you are most likely wondering how COVID-19 will affect your OSHA recordkeeping. Hopefully this guide will help you understand how to keep in OSHA compliance during these trying times.

As you probably already know, companies with 10 or more employees at any point in the year in a high-risk industry are required to keep OSHA 300 logs for their job site. OSHA recordkeeping requirements at 29 CFR Part 1904 mandate covered employers record certain work-related injuries and illnesses on their OSHA 300 log.

Specific OSHA rules on recordkeeping can be found here:

https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html

So, do you need to report on your OSHA 300 logs if an employee contracted COVID-19 from your work site?

According to the OSHA website, COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. However, employers are only responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if ALL the following are met:

  • The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (see CDC information on persons under investigation and presumptive positive and laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19).
  • The case is work-related, as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5
  • The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR 1904.7 (e.g. medical treatment beyond first-aid, days away from work).

More information can be found at: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/standards.html.

Recommendations from the CDC say that employees can come out of isolation if they meet all three of these requirements or have a doctor’s note that they can return to work.

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
  • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

You can find all CDC related information here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

I recorded the illness on my 300 logs now what? Do I need to report it directly to OSHA?

No, unless it results in a work-related fatality or if they are hospitalized due to contracting the disease performing work related duties.

We also recommend keeping a personal record of employees who contract the Coronavirus for your site safety. If you can track where the illness started, you are able to help the people that have come into contact with a sick person avoid contracting the disease themselves. This will help high risk people from contracting Coronavirus and help slow the spread for all employees in the workplace.

We know during this difficult time that workers may lose focus and get distracted from their normal work tasks.  This could have the potential to increase workplace accidents and injuries.  Because of that potential, we are urging all our clients to stay focused on the job so that everyone can return home safely at the end of the day.  Site and crew supervision will continue to be very important to assist with maintaining workers safety.

If you have any questions we did not address or site specific questions, please feel free to email us at customerservice@sficompliance.com and we will be sure to reach out to you personally.

Workplace Safety 101 from SFI Compliance

Safety 101 – From the industry basics to the secrets.

Hello there! Welcome to our FIRST EVER safety 101 post! Thanks for dropping in.

We call this safety 101 because this will be your new classroom for construction safety training. Our goal is giving you the tools you need to stay safe and compliant in this industry. You know what they say, “Happy OSHA inspector, happy life.”

We would like to help current and future clients get a better understanding of what to expect in the construction safety world. Covering topics from tips and tricks to stay compliant, common violations, things to avoid on site, toolbox talks, perspectives from our consultants and so much more.

We want to answer your burning questions, so drop us a line in the comments or send us an email at customerservice@sficompliance.com and let us know what you want to hear about. We will also keep you in the loop on the most recent updates from OSHA and any changes occurring in the industry so check back weekly to follow along with us.

When we say that our mission is to improve lives and empower America’s workforce, we really believe that. All of our employees truly make it their goal to get you home to your family at the end of the day, so why shouldn’t you?

Lastly, did you know that we travel all over the U.S. to do safety inspections? We are physically located in Colorado, Texas and Arizona but provide services NATIONWIDE! If you are interested in our services but see that we are not located locally to you, reach out to us. It is possible we will still be able to set you up with safety inspections.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check back next week for another lesson!