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Meeting OSHA Standards

All employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy work environment. The OSHA, or U.S department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is purposed to enforce regulations on safety in the work place by providing outreach, education, workshops, and training. It is government mandated that all business owners and employers comply with OSHA regulation, in order to keep their workplace devoid of serious health and safety hazards.

OSHA requires that industrial based businesses conduct regular safety reviews and training workshops. If a business is noncompliant to OSHA regulations, they can be charged with civil or criminal negligence. Each safety meeting should be designed to highlight employee safety and health.  For some industries, OSHA mandates that each meeting is timed and recorded and that this information is subsequently logged and retained for a number of years.  It is also recommended that voluntary meetings be regularly held for employee benefit.

OSHA standards vary depending on state legislation. For instance, in Oregon employers are required to have a safety coordinator at each meeting; these meetings are required to be held on a monthly basis.  You should always contact or visit the OSHA website, in order to find out your state’s appropriate compliances with state safety regulations.
In addition to regular meetings, machines and work environment must be compliant with OSHA regulations.  All equipment is required to have visible operating information. In the hoist industry, the safe working load of the overhead hoist should be displayed on the hoist itself. OSHA calls this a safe working load, and it is illegal to exceed the limit. It is common for OSHA to partner with manufacturing companies and produce operating limits for each different piece of machinery. Every operator is required to comply with operating limits and restrictions.

Safety and health is not only important for an industrial business, it is cost effective. If an employer is found guilty of non-compliance, OSHA has the ability fine the company with a steep fee. If a worker gets hurt or killed, as a result noncompliance to operating standards, OSHA is likely to press criminal charges.  An effective safety program can save an employer up to seven dollars per day, increase employee moral, and add a prosperous boost the overall work environment.  If you are interested in more OSHA safety information, visit their official website or contact a representative for more tips.

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