The majority of employed adults have at least heard of OSHA, but not everyone fully understands what it is or why it’s so important for workplace safety. Here at Safety International, we stress OSHA compliance consistently because these safety guidelines and regulations really are what keep employees safe regardless of where they work.
What is OSHA?
OSHA is an acronym for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which came about as a result of the Occupational Safety and Health Act that Congress enacted back in 1970 as a means of protecting workers from workplace hazards. In the years since its establishment, OSHA has had a tremendous impact on workplace safety across the country. While no accurate statistics exist from the time, estimates put the number of workplace deaths in 1970 at around 14,000. By 2009, that number had fallen to 4,340, due in large part to these regulations.
The whole point of OSHA regulations is to reduce injuries and death in the workplace. In almost 50 years of its existence, that is exactly what it has done.
Universal OSHA Standards
Some OHSA standards run true across all industries. For example, employers must have medical records and toxic substances exposure records available to any and all OHSA personnel at any time. This means keeping up-to-date and organized records should any compliance issue rear its head.
Furthermore, employers must provide their employees with proper safety equipment and should train the people tasked with using that safety equipment properly. Employers also need to be trained to handle potential product hazards, while manufacturers of hazardous materials are required to provide a Material Safety Data Sheet to their customers. No matter who the business may be, these are the required elements of the OHSA standards.
OSHA issues directives that tell employers how to comply with OSHA standards. These directives are enforced by Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs), all of whom are trained safety and health professionals with specialties in certain industries. They are the ones tasked with ensuring businesses avoid major workplace hazards and checking that employers all fall in line with OSHA regulations.
Here at Safety International, we provide OSHA training for businesses that need to introduce their employees to the specifics of these regulations. Construction trades, maritime professions, disaster site operations, or any general industry workplace needs to ensure that their employees are given proper safety training before getting to work. This includes being aware of potential dangers, knowing how to operate potentially dangerous machinery, giving instructions for properly using safety equipment, and avoiding potentially dangerous situations unique to the job.
If you need help with your OSHA safety training, just reach out and we will be happy to get you started with whatever you may need to ensure that your employees are happy, healthy and safe in the workplace. The consequences for not meeting these standards and dire and severe, so if you are unsure where you stand with OSHA compliance, contact us here at Safety International today.