Sample Research Paper on OSHA Standards

Bubba’s Materials Handling Equipment OSHA Standards

Industrial firms are required to observe specific Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. The management must ensure that the facility, personnel and the environment in general meet the basic safe and healthy job environs requirements. Hired by Bubba to put together a safety program for the company, my task is to help the company adjust to OSHA standards requirements since the firm has had neither such safety programs nor conducted any kind of hazard assessment (Arbuckle et al, 1989). The highest priority standards that I consider of key urgency in this premise are:

  1. Occupational Noise exposure, 1926.52: This is priority in this firm because of the metric raw materials handled in this company as well as the noisy machinery.
  2. Ventilation, 1926.57: The number of the employees and the mount of activities proportionally with the room need proper ventilation to avoid respiratory complications.
  3. Protection of hearing, 1926.101: owing to the noise produced by the metric workmanship like fabrication, gliding drilling and so on, the employees need to be protected.
  4. Dust Hazards, 1910.94(a)(2)(ii): The hazard of concentrated inerrable dust as well as in the workshop and also the painting booth pose a threat in this company and therefore ventilation measures must properly be installed.
  5. Flammables and combustibles precaution, 1910.94 (a) (2) (iii): The use of toluene & xylenes expose the employees as well s the entire premises to the risk of fire.
  6. Exhaust ventilation, 1910.94 (a) (4): to avoid suffocation among other respiratory complications, exhaust systems should be a priority in this company. This will ensure the emissions from this plant are cleared from the confines of the premises thus maintaining freshness in the working environment.
  7. Personal protective equipment, 1910.94 (a) (5) (v): protective gears such as helmets, gloves, goggles for the welders, shoes and face shield are a priority in this organization.
  8. Air Supply respirators, 1910.94 (a) (6): This firm seems to have abrasive-blasting, and therefore this facilitation will help free the premises from harmful quantities of dust and noxious gases
  9. Housekeeping, 1910.94 (a)(7): The facility require proper alignment of the raw materials, finished goods and machinery to allow clear walkways and isles
  10. Spray-Finishing Operation, 1910.94 (c): These booths will have to be ventilated properly to avoid combustion
  11. Occupational Noise Exposure, 1910.95: This facility needs employee protection from noise exposure as such s emanating from gliders, metallic materials movements.
  12. Employee Notification, 1910.95(e): system will be installed to notify any employees exposed to noise above the normal shall be notified
  13. Hearing protection, 1910.95 (i): All employees in the noisy sections above levels will be protected (Mendeloff & Gray, 2005).
  14. Blast cleaning Exposures, 1910.94 (a) (3): There shall be needed continuous fresh air flow especially in all blast cleaning enclosures during operations.
  15. Grinding, Polishing & Buffing Operation, 1910.94 (b): This is necessary in the painting and polishing zones to avert hazardous effects on the employees

OSHA Standards Compliance Measures

This company needs to put in place some important programs such as confined space entry (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146). This will help employees determine they are permitted in areas that require confines. In case of any eventuality, planning for rescue is crucial. Second, the required program in this company is crane/ hosting inspection program (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.179, 184). This program will require documented routine inspection program. In the event that the operators of these cranes face challenge, the company would seek for assistance from the manufacturers. Third, electric safety-related work practices program (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.331-335 and 399) is another program in this firm. A fourth important concern would be emergency action plan, (OSHA 29CFR 1926.35/150 or 1910.38). This should outline escape procedures in case of emergency, execution of critical operation, accounting for all the employees and rescue.

The company is however required to take the employees through training programs such as first aid basic skills (Goldbraith & Fouch, 2007). This will help them to be able to assist each other when necessitated. Machine and crane operators need to have elementary training to help in regular inspection and to notice any faulty conditions easily. The personnel working in the metalwork fabrication need to undergo hot work training to be versed with explosive hazards and control measures for they are vulnerable of fire breakups. Record keeping is a crucial training the employees need to be acquainted with, as well as safety education and training in order to have a reference point over the times deemed necessary (Keller, 2010).


Arbuckle, J. G., Brownwell, F. W., Case, D. R., Halbleib, W. T., Jensen, L. J., Landfair, S. W., & Sullivan, T. F. (1989). Environmental law handbook.

Goldbraith, D. D., & Fouch, S. E. (2007). Principles of adult learning, applications to safety training. Professional Safety. 35-40.

Keller, K. J. (2010). Electrical safety code manual: A plain language guide to National Electrical Code, OSHA, and NFPA 70E. Amsterdam: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Mendeloff, J., & Gray, W. B. (2005). Inside the Black Box: How do OSHA Inspections Lead to Reductions in Workplace Injuries?*. Law & Policy, 27(2), 219-237.