What is OSHA? Some Resources

March 15, 2016

So what does OSHA mean? The acronym stands for the Occupational Safety, Hazard Administration. OSHA was established in 1971 and oversees workplace safety. You probably know about OSHA because you also have workers’ compensation insurance.
For business owners, OSHA requirements can get a little confusing. But, did you know that OSHA provides resources that you can use to help ensure you are in compliance with the most up-to-date requirements? For starters, they have a great Web site at www.osha.gov which you can peruse for downloads and other helpful information.

​A nifty resource is OSHA’s Federal Registers publication. This is a daily publication of Federal notices, rules, and proposed rules, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents as they relate to OSHA. Basically, you can keep posted about OSHA’s regulations. Here’s the link:
Also, if you’re wondering what the employer’s responsibilities are, OSHA has a resource you can use at this link: https://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker/employer-responsibility.html. OSHA also provides resources that include:

  • Consultation – OSHA provides free and confidential services to help you improve your health and safety programs and correct hazards.
  • Instruction – OSHA also provides training classes/courses. For class locations visit http://www.osha.gov/dte/edcenters/index.html.
  • Publications – various resources that you can get online at www.osha.gov.
  • Partnership – OSHA works with employers and employees to help eliminate serious workplace hazards and obtain a high level of worker safety and health.

So why should you bother keeping up with OSHA requirements? Well, remember, OSHA conducts unannounced inspections. (Here’s a link to their OSHA Inspections Fact Sheet: https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/factsheet-inspections.pdf).
If you’re found in violation you will be issued citations and possibly fines. Those fines and penalties range from $7,000 for each serious violation and up to $70,000 for each willful or repeated violation. So you see, it’s definitely worthwhile to keep up with OSHA requirements. After all, it’s all about safety and keeping your business open.
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