Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations protect workers from work-related hazards and injuries, but compliance with these guidelines is in the best interest of business owners as well. Work-related injuries can be expensive, resulting in costly workers’ compensation claims and absent work time. Injuries can also damage company-wide employee morale. Maintaining a safe and compliant workplace shows your employees that you care about their wellbeing, which is the strongest encouragement to do their best work.
Designate a Safety Manager
OSHA requires that one individual is designated to manage your company’s safety and health programs. This person can be yourself, a manager or any other person that will implement and take responsibility for keeping your company’s safety program up to OSHA’s compliance standards. You don’t have to go about this alone, compliance assistance is available to help you.
Hazard Communication Plan
Developed a hazard communication plan with protocols for informing workers about potentially hazardous substances in the workplace. Inform staff of any hazardous materials they work with and educate them on procedures for safe handling. There should be plenty of printed information sheets available for your team to refer to, listing the dangers and precautionary measures for each potentially dangerous substance.
Emergency Action Plan Standard
Develop an emergency action plan for incidents that threaten safety. This plan should cover emergency procedures for toxic exposures and workplace injuries, as well as instructions for safety and evacuation in the event of a fire.
Create a fire evacuation plan with safe evacuation routes, and familiarize your staff with its details and provisions. Ensure your workplace has a sufficient number of fire exits and that these exits comply with OSHA and fire department codes. In general, a workplace should have two separate exits, but it may need more depending on its size and the number of employees. Fire exits should have self-closing doors, be clearly marked as fire exits, and be separated from the workplace with fire-resistant materials.
Keep floors and walkways clear of potentially dangerous clutter. Spills and slip hazards should be cleaned as soon as they occur. Hallways, work surfaces, floors, and ladders should be in safe operating condition.
Be equipped with a well-stocked first aid kit adequate for the particular hazards and accidents you typically encounter in your industry. All staff members should be trained in basic first aid procedures.
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