The term “there’s an app for that” has become so common in our everyday lives that Apple trademarked it in 2010. Now, if a worker is on the job site and sees safety violations he/she will have an app to take a picture or video and report directly to OSHA. The app is being designed by SeeClick Fix, a company based in Connecticut that made a name for itself by creating an app for people to report the location of potholes and graffiti.
Last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased its efforts to investigate and issue citations to work sites that were not up safety standards. There are an estimated 8 million job sites in the United States covered by the OSHA Act, but despite their best efforts OSHA is only able to inspect 73,000 state and federal work sites. In an effort to increase the effectiveness of their inspections, they established a system of inspection priorities.
Imminent danger situations receive top priority. An imminent danger situation is any condition where there is reasonable certainty that a risk with the potential to cause death or immediate serious physical harm before the danger can be eliminated through normal enforcement procedures.
Catastrophes and fatal accidents:
Second priority goes to the investigation of fatalities and accidents resulting in a death or hospitalization of three or more employees.
Complaints and referrals:
Third priority goes to formal employee complaints of unsafe or unhealthful working conditions and to referrals from any source about a workplace hazard.
Next in priority are programmed inspections aimed at specific high-hazard industries, workplaces, occupations, or health substances, or other industries identified in OSHA’s current inspection procedures.
This new whistle-blowing app will give the everyday worker a direct line to their local OSHA office, and it will help them prioritize which sites need to be inspected, and which sites don’t need an immediate inspection. OSHA will be able to use the photos and videos submitted by workers as evidence during the investigation process and support for citations. The best way for employers to prepare for the release of this app is to ensure every job site has an appropriate Safety Program established, and hire an experienced Safety Supervisor for your job site. Red Adair said ” If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an armature.” Knowing all the responsibilities and laws involving safety standards set by OSHA is a full time job, and hiring an inexperienced safety professional puts your workers at risk and will cost you in the long run. This new App does not yet have a name or release date, but it’s on it’s way so make sure you’re ready.
Code Red Safety can staff your project with experienced safety professionals, who will ensure your job site is prepared for an inspection from OSHA. We have thousands of safety staffing resumes of people with extensive experience across industry sectors that are local to your business. Our people are highly qualified and vetted so you don’t have to spend a lot of time on hiring, which allows you to stay focused on your business. Call us 219-989-4624.