Category Archives: Safety

Workplace Health and Safety – Do the Right Thing

CSG Published Workplace Health and Safety Training to promote workers’ rights.

Read Here – Workplace Health and Safety Training

Training programs are a critical aspect of ensuring safe and healthful workplaces based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations standards.

Workers’ Rights advocates remind employers to consider the human cost at stake without effective training for workplace health and safety. OSHA is committed to ensuring “workers return to their families in the same condition they began their day.” OSHA Workers’ Rights standards help to ensure a safe workplace.

Federal OSHA provides these rights:

  • Ask OSHA to inspect their workplace,
  • Use their rights under the law without retaliation and discrimination,
  • Receive information and training about hazards, methods to prevent harm, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace,
  • Get copies of test results done to find hazards in the workplace,
  • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses,
  • Get copies of their own medical records.

Learn more at Fed OSHA – https://www.osha.gov/workers.html

About CSG Employee Training Programs:

CSG takes enormous pride in our dedication to both employee and facility safety. We believe strongly in protecting the safety of employees, co-workers, customers, our customers’ clients and their surrounding community.  As part of that mission, we take pride in our role, by helping our customers improve their performance by simply supplying the best in world-class facility services.

About CSG: Contract Services Group, Inc. is a CIMS-GB with honors certified contractor with 40 years’ experience providing commercial janitorial, window cleaning, managed temporary labor services and window washing systems. CSG provides facilities services and specialty cleaning services throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. CSG also designs and installs window washing systems nationwide. CSG Publishes Sustainable Cleaning Programs for Janitorial Consumers. http://csgcares.com

Compare Competent, Qualified & Designated

Compare Competent, Qualified & Designated

OSHA construction standards require a competent person onsite as a legal obligation. But OSHA does not have a specific standard regarding a competent person.

As building owners are responsible to develop written agreements regarding safety plans when working with contract crews, knowing the level of expertise of safety committee team protects your business.

A competent person is “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them,” according to OSHA 29 CFR 1926.32(f).

A qualified person is “one who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience, has successfully demonstrated his ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project,” according to OSHA 29 CFR 1926.32(m).

A designated person only means that the employer’s representative was “selected or assigned by the employer as being qualified to perform specific duties” according to 1926 Subpart L. So here the OSHA standards ask employer to take responsibility to designate certain employees to job assignments based on level of competence or qualifications.

OSHA standards explicitly requiring employers to provide workplace health and safety training to all employees. This training may constitute competency but not necessarily qualifications if there is no certifications. Conversely, if a workers is certified with no experience, there’s room to question the workers competency for a specific job assignment.

To be sure your business is protected and learn about the level of competence and qualifications of your contractor’s safety committee team.

 

Building Owners Required Safety Measures

Building owners need to understand new safety compliance requirements as OSHA shifts focus to enforcement.

OSHA includes building owner compliance requirements under a general duty clause.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 holds employers responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. Building owners are liable for these policies as ANSI/IWCA I-14.

OSHA standards make it the employer’s responsibility to:

  • Establish written operating procedures maintaining necessary health and safety requirements,
  • Select qualified personnel with special previous training for certain “designated” job assignments,
  • Ensure youth or inexperienced worker training to help reduce a higher rate of accidents and injuries,
  • Provide workplace health and safety training to employees at a certain vocabulary level or in language other than English,
  • Make available Injury and Illness Prevention Program and Safety Data Sheets binders to employees for all hazardous chemicals in their workplace,
  • Maintain citation and work-related injuries and illnesses records,
  • Post employees’ rights and responsibilities.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) also holds building owners responsible for ensuring that worker safety and public protection standards. Read more at CSG Safety Services WWS BLOG.

CSG’s Fall Protection Regulations

CSG Safety Services Group published Fall Protection Regulations article to promote the prevention of common fall hazards.

CSG promotes OSHA fall protection regulations to help construction management, architects, building owners and facility managers prevent accidents and avoid costly and reputation damaging Cal-OSHA citations.

Both Federal and Cal-OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) found high proportion of fatalities caused by falls occurred because of a lack of fall protection.

Visit CSG Safety Services Group – CSG Safety Services Group, LLC designs and installs window washing systems nationwide. CSG provides inspections, testing and certifications for all window cleaning equipment. CSG provides consulting up to full design/build services. The CSG Safety Services Group promotes window washing system solutions with safety, usability, and cost effectiveness in mind. www.windowwashingsystems.com.

Your Company Reputation & Window Cleaning Services?

Hire a professional window cleaning service to protect your company resources and your reputation. Routine exterior cleaning maintains the look of your building but not all facility maintenance teams are alike. Unlicensed companies are in the news multiple times a month with near death safety violations. These very public rescues can cost lives, reputation and fines.

New Federal OSHA documents require building owners to provide safe walkway measures to rooftop workers. These regulation updates are prompting renewed focus on building inspections. Professional facility maintenance providers should have the experience and industry knowledge to maintain annual inspection processes, injury and illness prevention plans and safety training for window cleaners.

Ask about proof of insurance and company safety programs and know your industry customary costs when hiring a professional Window Cleaning Services provider.

Check on Insurance

Ask to see a copy of their proof of insurance and check the date of the policy and make sure confirm the provider carries at least $1,000,000 of coverage.

Safety

Cleaning windows involves working at heights on multi-story buildings and requires specific safety regulations compliance for maintaining worker safety. Commercial window cleaning companies must have specific equipment and relevant safety training to ensure safety of the window cleaners. Be sure your provider has Injury and Illness Prevention Plan and documents safety policies and procedures.

Don’t go cheap

Know the typical cost of window cleaning services in your area. Any company that offers a too-good-to-be-true price might be operating with illegal processes and not providing safe conditions to workers. This is a red flag sign that could cost lives. Protect your reputation and avoid fines by working with a professional team that operates in compliance with the law.

About CSG Window Cleaning Services:

CSG has created a Window Cleaning Services Decision Matrix to help companies evaluate different window cleaning contractors. The Matrix is formatted so you can use weighted values to determine the most qualified organization to service your facility.

About Contract Services Group, Inc.:

Services Group, Inc. is an industry leading facilities services contractor with 40 years’ experience providing commercial janitorial, window cleaning and temporary labor services throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. CSG is committed to safety excellence, high-performing building outcomes and redefining quality partnerships. http://csgcares.com