Richard Fairfax

Richard Fairfax

Richard Fairfax (CIH, retired 2017) joined OSHA in January 1978 and retired from the agency in 2013. At OSHA, he was a practicing field industrial hygienist, as well as the deputy director and director of enforcement programs. In 2008, Richard served as acting director of construction and, in 2010, was designated deputy assistant secretary – overseeing all field, enforcement and training operations. From 1993 through 2010, Richard wrote an industrial hygiene column entitled, “OSHA Compliance Issues” for the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. He still serves on the Editorial Review Board. Richard now works part time for NSC-ORC HSE.

ARTICLES

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On Safety: Training for powered industrial trucks

OSHA requires that operators of powered industrial trucks be trained before operating the equipment independently. That training must consist of instruction – classroom (lecture based) and practical training – on the safe and proper operation of the PIT, the hazards of operating the vehicle in the workplace, and the requirements of the OSHA standard on PITs.
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On Safety: A closer look at OSHA’s ‘Top 10’ violations – Part VI

Here, we’ll look at the top violations issued by OSHA in FY 2020 in primary metal manufacturing (NAICS 331), heavy civil engineering and construction (NAICS 237), and miscellaneous manufacturing – including medical equipment, jewelry, sporting and athletic goods, toy and doll manufacturing, sign manufacturing, manufacture of musical instruments, fastener manufacturing, and the manufacturing of brooms and caskets (NAICS 239).
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