The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets rules for
hazards in the workplace, particularly in construction and manufacturing.
Avoid costly fines by having the right training plans in place. OSHA can show
up at a business without warning and can hand out heavy fines. Your employees
have the right to see a compliance plan for their company.
The plans should cover at least the following:
A workplace that is free from serious, recognized hazards and complies
with standards issued under the OSHA Act.
Assurance that employees have and use safe tools and equipment and properly
maintain this equipment.
Conduct safety inspections Walk through your business and check all chemical
container labels, fuse boxes, fire extinguishers, noise levels, air quality
levels and obstructed views. Make sure that desk chairs and computer work
stations are ergonomically compliant. Tornado, fire, flood and earthquake
procedures and evacuation routes or shelters must be clearly posted.
- Identify hazards Asking yourself WHAT IF questions
is an effective way to assess workplace potential for chemical, physical,
ergonomic and biological hazards. Make a check list of hazard violations
and the date each was corrected.
- Establish safety rules Regularly review rules with your employees to determine
if they are not only understandable but absolutely necessary. Too many safety
rules can cause employees to ignore them.
- Train employees New employees should complete training upon being hired,
and all employees should participate in annual safety training.
- Implement thorough record keeping and reporting systems With a few exceptions
for specific industries, most companies with 11 or more employees must keep
injury and illness records.
- Purchase a copy of national OSHA guidelines and those for your state.
Read up and know what OSHA requires. Inspect and correct all recognizable
health and accident hazards. Review workplace regulations for clarity and
necessity and thoroughly train all current employees and new hires. Prominently
post safety regulations and emergency procedures. Keep an accurate accounting
of work related incidents for each employee.