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9 reasons why contractors need to pay attention to OSHA regulations

Posted by Mark Paskell on Mon, Apr 04, 2016 @ 05:00 AM

9 OSHA changes and developments that impact residential contractors today.

Contractors in the residential construction industry are facing major OSHA regulations and changes that will significantly affect their business now and into the future. I am helping many contractors learn about these items in our Massachusetts Continuing Education courses for Construction Supervisor License holders.  The majority of our students are surprised to learn that OSHA is now focusing (targeted industry) heavily on the residential sector. Most of the contractors know who OSHA is, but lack basic knowledge of the OSHA standards and what they need to do for compliance. When OSHA comes by their job site they are sitting ducks for citations and fines.

In former posts we mentioned that most of the OSHA training we do for contractors is usually after someone is fined, injured or killed. I hope that by educating as many contractors as possible that we can prevent all three. In addition to these three items new OSHA rules and developments will lead to more visits to residential contractors. I hope we can save someone from having to go through an OSHA site audit where the outcome is usually heavy fines.

Following you will learn about the developments from new OSHA changes and regulations.

Stay tuned as I will be following this post up with more details about each one in the coming weeks.

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Tags: compliance, fines, osha

Can contractors be fined by OSHA if a sub is cited for violations?

Posted by Mark Paskell on Sun, May 27, 2012 @ 10:45 AM

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Tags: safety plans, osha

OSHA Contractor Training; Respiratory, Medical Monitoring, RRP Mass

Posted by Mark Paskell on Sun, May 22, 2011 @ 04:37 PM

OSHA respiratory training for Massachusetts RRP trained contractors. Seats are still available for 5/26/2011 for training in Marlborough Mass.

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Tags: repsiratory mass, rrp, osha

Web Based Tool To Verify Worker's Comp For MA Contractors

Posted by Mark Paskell on Wed, Apr 06, 2011 @ 05:58 AM

The Patrick and Murray administration from Massachusetts just announced a new program for Massachusetts citizens. The program is a free web based tool that will allow homeowners and businesses to verify workmen's compensation for Massachusetts contractors and other businesses. 

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Tags: compliance, rrp, osha

Mass DOS Speaks on Contractor RRP Enforcement

Posted by Mark Paskell on Tue, Mar 15, 2011 @ 10:30 PM

Mass DOS announced it is planning on increasing RRP enforcement on contractors as soon as spring breaks. On Friday 3/11/2011 I attended the Mass DOS meeting with Mass RRP Training Providers. I asked several times how are they going to handle enforcement of contractors who are non compliant. 

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Tags: mass dos enforcement, osha, respirator

New OSHA Respirator Training Dates To Help Mass Contractors

Posted by Mark Paskell on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 @ 11:00 PM

Mass RRP trained contractors are holding back on applying for their Lead License. Last month I posted that there are over 4,000 EPA Certified Firms from Mass. Yet only 1000 firms have applied for their Mass license since 7/9/2011 when Mass took over. You would think that since the Mass license for firms certified before July is free that more would jump on board.

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Tags: rrp, osha, respirator

EPA Certified Firms (Contractors) Not Applying for Mass Lead License

Posted by Mark Paskell on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 @ 10:03 PM

I searched the EPA website to see how many contractors had become Certified Firms with the EPA from Massachusetts. The search result showed there are just over 4,000 EPA Certified Firms in Massachusetts.

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Tags: certified firms, osha, mass

Homeowner Questions Contractors Legal Status, EPA and OSHA Certs

Posted by Mark Paskell on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 @ 03:43 PM

Not too long ago we predicted that homeowners would soon look more carefully into a contractors legal status and EPA RRP certification. One thing we didn't anticipate was a homeowner inquiring about a contractors compliance with OSHA requirements.

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Tags: lead standard, rrp, osha, mass

Contractors use negative air machines to achieve positive results

Posted by Mark Paskell on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 @ 01:57 PM

EPA RRP Trained contractors are implementing the use of negative air machines to obtain positive testimonials and referrals from their customers.

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Tags: epa rrp, osha, work practices

Homeowners face huge risks hiring illegal non compliant contractors

Posted by Mark Paskell on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 @ 04:36 PM

Homeowners, looking for the cheapest price are hiring illegal contractors at an alarming rate. Homeowners read and listen to the news and think that they can beat up any contractor to get a cheap price. Consumers are more inclined today to take a chance on the lowest price (which comes with the risk that the contractor is not playing by the rules) due to our current economic climate. They are willing to believe the cheap price will still get them a great job from desperate contractors. 

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Tags: rrp, osha, epa, homeowners