Total environmental health and safety management

Share with the class an example of a safety design review at your organization. Are there ways it could be improved? If you are not yet a safety professional, find out if your current organization has safety design reviews or find examples of recent project designs or purchases that you feel would have been made safer through a safety design review process.



im a third party safety inspector and our company follows the general contractors safety procedures. Each general contractor is different in how the see, act and follow safety procedures. In New York City it was recently mandated for trades to submit pre-task worksheets prior the beginning of their shifts. This has enable companies to foresee how a trade will conduct their work and what hazards and mitigations they are conducting while they work. The general contractor and the safety department is able to act in advance to mitigate an accident or incident before it happens. Some general contractors only allow certain step ladders in their sites and one in spicific, Tishman don’t allow ladders at all only man lifts to avoid falling hazards. The problem I see with the pre task planning is that is just another check in the box to fulfill the compliance but most GC’s don’t follow up on it and the trades do what and how they want to complete the work. When city inspectors conduct their routine checkups the GC’s get the violation and it gets handed down to the trades. There should be heavier fines for both the GC and the contractors to follow the pre task plan as it was written.

With the recent local law 196 from 2018 in New York City, workers need 30 hours of OSHA training, 2 hours of alcohol and drug training and 8 hours of fall protection training to be able to work in construction. I think it’s a good approach from the city’s side to make sure workers are getting the proper training to minimize the accident, incident and death toll that occurs yearly in the construction field.