The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has jurisdiction to protect the workers of America and its territories from harmful working conditions. They are a department under the US Department of Labor and was given the legal authority to create standards to regulate most work environments through the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. A key component of the department’s measure of how well it is protecting employees is by injury and illness recordkeeping.
Recording injury and illnesses gives OSHA insight on how workers are getting injured, what extent are the injuries or illness, and how did the employer handle the event. In the 29 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 1904, OSHA gives a codified and detailed instruction on what is recordable and how do you record those identified cases. However, there are several recordable injuries that are often unreported due to misunderstanding of the law. Such an omission can cost thousands of dollars in OSHA citations when they are revealed by an OSHA inspection or employee complaint.
Sheldon Primus is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist with a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Environmental Policy. He has been in the environmental and occupational safety field since 1994. Additionally, he is a trainer for the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist program of the Alliance Safety Council-Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sheldon is an authorized OSHA General Industry and Construction trainer for the 10 and 30-hour Outreach program.
Mr. Primus is a guest columnist for the online publications of Treatment Plant Operator (TPO) and WaterOnline. He has written article regarding regulatory compliance, operator safety, and wastewater process control. Additionally, he conducts OSHA compliance webinars for Audio Solutionz, Online Compliance Panel, Compliance Online, Compliance World, Edupliance, and Compliance Key.
Currently, Sheldon is the owner/CEO of OSHA Compliance Help and , an international safety consulting, training, and a regulatory agency compliance assistance company. He has presented safety topics at the Louisiana Governors Safety Expo, Florida Water Resource Conference, Florida Pest Management Association, and the South Florida Chapter of ASSE.
Mr. Primus served as part of the Water Environmental Federation (WEF) Water Sector Safety Committee and the US Department of Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) taskforce on All Hazards Communication training for the Water and Wastewater Sector. Moreover, Sheldon has served as a Subject Matter Expert for Health Safety Institute and Red Vector Learning for General Industry and Construction OSHA courses.