Safety in the workplace is an important topic every business owner should know. However, there many businesses that do not realize the importance of the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) requirements in the company. Regardless the size of the business, it is critical to incorporate the following safety requirements into daily work activities.
OSHA record-keeping and reporting forms
Every business with more than 10 employees is required to keep a record of job-related injuries and illnesses. Each year, from February to April, certain employees are requested to post OSHA form 300A. This form includes a summary of the total amount of work-related injuries and illnesses throughout the previous year. Record-keeping also helps business owners, employees, and OSHA to assess the safety of the workplace.
OSHA requires all employers to report within 8 hours any work-related injury or illness that requires hospitalization. It is crucial to investigate the cause of the injury or illness. This will help in finding ways to prevent future accidents.
Hazard communication Standard (HCS)
OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard requires the development and circulation of information about chemical hazards to all workers. In order to provide safety in the workplace, chemical hazard information must be clear and easy to read. Employers must keep updating and classifying chemical hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. This will reduce risks and costs on the business.
Emergency Action Plan
Businesses must develop a document written emergency action plan required by OSHA. This action plan helps to organize and facilitate the evacuation during workplace an emergency. A disorganized evacuation or emergency action plan can bring many damages and consequences on the business. Therefore, employers must be aware of the importance of creating an effective emergency action plan for their business.
Employers are required to provide employees the right personal protective equipment to perform their jobs safely and reduce risks of injuries in the workplace. Personal protective equipment can include safety glasses, shoes, gloves, hard hats, respirators, vests, full body suits, etc.
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