Safety should always be a primary goal of every workplace. Here are some resources to help you and your employees locate problem safety areas, make improvements to safety practices, and make good judgments about safety each day.
Summer Safety Tips For Employers
1. Staying compliant
Here is a link to the handbook for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA’s job is to look out for the health and safety of American workers by establishing and enforcing safety standards in the workplace, as well as offering training to businesses.
Consulting the handbook will enable you to determine if your business is compliant with OSHA legal requirements.
2. A guide for your particular business
If you are looking to put together a safety plan for your workplace but are not sure where to start, OSHA has a step-by-step guide to help you learn about the main OSHA requirements and other guidance materials that apply to your particular workplace.
This quick start compliance outline is especially helpful for small businesses and new companies, introducing them to the compliance assistance resources on the OSHA website.
The compliance modules are broken down into three main areas – general industry, construction industry, and healthcare.
OSHA also offers online courses, educational programs and other training materials. There are publications and videos to help companies protect their workers from injuries and illnesses.
Resources also include interactive web-based training, safety and health topics sites, hazard alerts, and an online training and reference materials library.
4. On-site consultations
If you need additional help, OSHA will also provide consultants to visit your workplace. The service is free to small and mid-size companies in all states. The consultants will help you to identify hazards in your workplace, give you advice on how to comply with OSHA standards, and help with setting up or improving safety and health programs. This program has no connection to the enforcement arm of the agency, and the consultations will not lead to any penalties.
.The consultation is voluntary on the part of the company, so it has to be requested. The consultant will talk to you about your particular safety needs, and set up a date for a visit.
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