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Safety and Health - Getting to Know OSHA Region 1

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Wed, Jan, 08, 2014 @ 14:01 PM

OSHAOSHA Region 1 is comprised of the 6 New England states:  CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT.  It is headquartered in the JFK Federal Building in Boston, MA.  Region 1 is further organized into 9 area offices and 6 consultation offices.  It's important to note that the area and consultation offices have very different purposes.  While the area offices focus on enforcement, the consultation offices offer free services to any company who needs assistance in improving its employee safety and health programs and/or performance metrics.  The consultation services are confidential - information about your company is kept private and not shared with OSHA enforcement personnel. 

Every OSHA region has a training center, and Region 1's  OSHA Training Institute Education Center is a collaboration between OSHA and Keene State College.  While it is headquartered in New Hampshire, the Center offers classes in different locations throughout Region 1.  It offers dozens of courses including ergonomics, scaffolding, shipyard safety, and pandemic flu workplace awareness.  Some courses allow for online training or can be conducted on-site at your workplace.

Many people are familiar with the OSHA 10 hour and 30 hour courses for construction, general industry, maritime, shipyard, and longshoring industries.  These courses are conducted throughout Region 1 by OSHA-authorized outreach trainers.  Outreach trainers also conduct peer-to-peer training on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace.  Go to outreachtrainers.org to learn more about course offerings.

Did you know that each OSHA region has Local Emphasis Programs (LEP), which target hazards and industries that are unique to the region or a particular area office?  AN LEP can also be created if a region or area office sees that a prevalence of a certain hazard.   A search of OSHA's website shows that Region 1 has 11 Local Emphasis Programs, including programs for the fish processing industry, residential construction, and scrap waste and refuse industries.  Region 1 personnel also implement OSHA's National emphasis programs. 

As you might guess, many of Region 1's enforcement actions target the construction, contractor, and manufacturing industries.  While this is true, Region 1's citations and fines reach beyond these businesses and into a very broad number of industries.  For example, in 2013 the US Postal Service and the Transportation Security Administration both received citations from OSHA Region 1, as did a mental health provider, a clothing retailer, and a dental office, and a hotel management company.  Region 1 also was involved in a few whistle-blower cases this past year.  Unfortunately, a number of citations and fines were for willful and/or repeat violations. 

Despite all of OSHA Region 1's activities, actions, and accomplishments, 17 workers in Region 1 died on the job in OSHA's Fiscal Year 2013.  7 workers were crushed to death, 4 were struck by an object, 2 fell from elevated, 2 were electrocuted, 1 was involved in a traffic accident, and 1 drowned.  Each one of these accidents was avoidable. OSHA Region 1, employers, and individual workers still have more work to do to improve workplace safety.   

If you need assistance with OSHA Compliance submit an EHS request form and one of our Health and Safety Professionals will respond.

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Topics: health & safety, workplace safety, OSHA, Region 1

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