General Duty Clause Audits
The general duty provisions are used in inspections only where the standards applicable to a particular hazard cannot be identified. If a hazard is recognized in part by a process that is not covered by a standard, it is eligible to be cited under the General Duty Clause. The goal of this regulation is contingent on the agency enforcing it. Both OSHA and the EPA have relevant recommendations for the general duty clause. The General Duty Clause of the United States Occupational Safety and Health Act states:
- 29 U.S.C. § 654, 5(a)1: Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.”
- 29 U.S.C. § 654, 5(a)2: Each employer shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this act.
- 29 U.S.C. § 654, 5(b): Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct.
RMP’s exposure to a large variety of industrial applications allows the capability to introduce the experience and industry insights to be included in a General Duty Audit. A webinar was given on December 5, 2017 to provide some information on the General Duty Clause and guidelines to meeting the requirements. To determine whether your facility is required to comply with the General Duty Clause, please do not hesitate to contact us.