State OSHA Plans, like Virginia, can enact unique regulations which are equivalent to or exceed Federal OSHA standards. In Virginia, these standards are reviewed and approved by the Virginia Safety & Health Codes Board and enforced in the workplace by a VOSH Compliance Safety & Health Officer [CSHO].
Virginia has a unique safety regulation, 60-16VAC25-60-120, which requires employers to:
"comply with [all] manufacturers' specifications and limitations
applicable to the operation use, installation, inspection, repair, and
maintenance of machinery, vehicles, tools, and equipment."
These manufacturer's requirements reflect their superior knowledge of the potential hazards associated with their products, and empower VOSH to issue Citations and fines when an employer fails to follow manufacturers' Safety and Health requirements [or prohibitions] - including those included in equipment operating, maintenance, and repair manuals.
When equipment is not in compliance it must be 'Locked Out', 'Tagged Out", or removed from the work area so it will not be used by an employee.
SRA recommends employers secure copies of all manufacturer's manuals, review these manuals for Safety & Health requirements, train employees, and enforce a company policy so all manufacturers' requirements are followed.
Note: Manuals are usually provided by the original equipment manufacturer, or are available from the manufacturer or distributor -- and are often readily available on the Internet.
Act now to enhance employee Safety, reduce the cost of accidents, and improve your compliance with Virginia Safety Regulations.
Follow OEM Safety & Health requirements.
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