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Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. Below are some resources for the wood packaging industry.

  • OSHA Free On-Site Consultation Helps Employers Create Safer Workplaces
  • OSHA provides a free and confidential safety and occupational health advice program to small and medium-sized businesses across the country. According to OSHA, these services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or more.

  • OSHA QuickTakes Newsletter 
  • Free OSHA e-newsletter delivered twice monthly direct to your mailbox. Receive the latest news about OSHA initiatives and products to help employers and workers in finding and preventing workplace hazards.

  • OSHA Library (by topic, by type, bilingual) 
  • Search OSHA's library of documents by topic or type, such as fact sheets, guidance documents, alerts, pocket guides, posters, etc. Many of these publications are also available in various languages.

Safety Expert

Adele Abrams, president of The Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC, represents companies nationwide on occupational safety, employment, and environmental law. Adele is an attorney and safety professional who represents companies in litigation with OSHA and also provides safety training and consultation.

She is a frequent speaker at NWPCA Conferences and writes regular columns for our own PalletCentral magazine.

Below are some of her recent articles and webinars provided exclusively for NWPCA and PalletCentral.

Check back often as articles are posted.

  • OSHA: Workplace Violence: Keeping Your Employees Safe (September-October 2019)
  • Under OSHA's General Duty Clause, employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that is "free from recognized hazards," which include harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior. Now is the time to review and update safety and HR programs to reflect preventative approaches.

  • OSHA: Safe Pallet & Material Handling Solutions (July-August 2018)
  • OSHA plays no favorites during their inspections of materials storage and handling at pallet manufacturing and warehousing facilities. OSHA applies its rules to all types of materials, and all types of pallets: wooden, plastic and corrugated cardboard.

  • OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards (Webinar)
  • The general walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards were modified by OSHA. The standards cover everything in worksites: office areas, warehouse space, manufacturing areas, loading areas in the work or truck yard. One-hour webinar (NWPCA Member login required; scroll to "Videos & Webinars").

  • OSHA Forecast 2017 (November-December 2016)
  • The dust has barely settled from the most contentious presidential election in history, and it is clear that big changes are in store for regulation and enforcement by OSHA in the next four years. What can we expect from OSHA under a Trump administration? The short answer is, "Expect the unexpected."

  • Zika is Now an OSHA Issue (September-October 2016)
  • OSHA has weighed-in on Zika, issuing interim guidance that will be updated as more information becomes available on this emergent workplace hazard. OSHA reminds employers that they have an obligation to provide a workplace "free from recognized hazards" to its workers.

  • OSHA: Hazard Identification & Mitigation: Critical Elements of Safety Management (March-April 2016)
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued notification in February 2016 that the pallet manufacturing industry would be subject to a "Local Emphasis Program" in the state of Wisconsin.

  • OSHA & DOJ Step Up Criminal Enforcement (January-February 2016)
  • The federal government is taking aim at occupational safety and health violations from a different perspective: criminal prosecution. Workplace violations may be prosecuted creatively by using other statutes, including environmental acts that could impose stiffer penalties.

  • Best Practices for Band Saw Safety (July-August 2015)
  • The convergence of OSHA's new reporting requirements and the National Emphasis Program has put band saw safety back in the spotlight. Adele shares best practices, and how employees can safely work around equipment without installing point-of-contact guards for compliance purposes.

  • OSHA HazCom Enforcement, Let's Get it Right (March-April 2015)
  • The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard has been around since 1986, so why are employers still not "getting it right" when it comes to HazCom compliance.

  • Why is OSHA Knocking at my Door? (January-February 2015)
  • Given that OSHA has no mandatory inspection schedule, why are companies in the pallet industry seeing inspections on nearly an annual basis? There are a multitude of reasons why OSHA can darken your door.

  • Heat Stress is a Hot Safety Issue (May-June 2014)
  • The pallet industry has many job tasks that could put workers at risk, especially if they are stacking pallets outside in direct sun, operating forklifts to load trucks outside, and working inside where there is inadequate air conditioning or ventilation. Case studies and advice shared on what employers can do to reduce their risk.

The Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams, PC has three offices: Beltsville, MD; Denver, CO; and Charleston, WV. Phone: 301-595-3520.