A Few Things Your Company Should Know About OSHA
What is the purpose of OSHA?
Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. OSHA both directly enforces Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and partners with state agencies.
OSHA safety rules apply to all employers and all industries. However, the complexity of a safety program depends upon the nature of the particular business. Some businesses will have complex safety programs and extensive training while others will not. Safety Programs are not “one size fits all.”
In 2009, 4340 workers died and 3.3 million we injured on the job. The majority of these injuries, 2.3 million (74.8%) occurred in service industries which are not considered to be high risk occupations. Accidents can happen anywhere.
What does OSHA Expect from Your Business?
Management Commitment and Employee Involvement
– Post the company’s written safety and health policy for all to see.
– Involve employees in policy-making on safety and health issues.
– Take an active part in safety activities.
– Hold meetings that focus on employee safety and health.
– Abide by all safety and health rules.
– Show commitment by investing resources into the safety and health program.
A worksite analysis means that all worksite conditions are analyzed to identify and eliminate existing or potential hazards. This should be done on a regular and timely basis. There should be a current hazard analysis for all jobs and processes that all employees know and understand.
– Encourage employees to report workplace hazards.
– Examine history of worksite conditions.
– Have an adequate system for reporting hazards.
– Have trained personnel conduct inspections of the worksite and correct hazards.
– Ensure that any changes in process or new high-hazard facilities are reviewed by a competent person.
Hazard Prevention and Control
The next part of a good safety and health program is continual review of work environment and work practices to control or prevent workplace hazards.
– Regularly and thoroughly maintain equipment.
– Ensure that hazard correction procedures are in place.
– Ensure that employees know how to use & maintain personal protective equipment.
– Ensure that all employees understand and follow safe work procedures.
- Make sure that, where necessary, you have a medical program tailored to your facility to help prevent workplace hazards and exposures.
Training for employees and supervisors.
It is important that everyone in the workplace be properly trained, including supervisors, managers, contractors, and part-time or temporary employees.
– Allow only properly authorized and instructed employees to work.
– Make sure no employees perform work that appears unsafe.
– Hold emergency preparedness drills for employees.
– Pay particular attention to employees learning new operations. Make sure they have the proper job skills and awareness of hazards.
– Train supervisors and managers to recognize hazards and understand their responsibilities.
– Encourage all employees to report hazardous conditions to their supervisors.
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