The Occupational Safety and Health Act was created in 1970. Congress then created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in order to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing certain standards. It also provides training, outreach, education, and assistance.
Now you may be asking yourself, why is this important and how does it relate to me? OSHA is extremely important when it comes to the protection of workers. Specifically when it comes to occupational incidents. Every single year there are thousands of work-related injuries and even deaths. According to OSHA, the average number of days missed due to work related injuries is about eight days. This then leads to millions of dollars paid for all that lost work time. Resource Management INC, estimates that workplace injuries and illnesses cost U.S. businesses more than $125 billion dollars annually. The laws and regulations that OSHA provides are super effective in reducing worker injuries and illnesses, as well as save the employers money overtime.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act covers all employees except public employees in state and local governments, as well as those who are self-employed. OSHA plays a key part in making your facility a safe and healthy place to work. Other than providing the tools and guidance for an injury and illness free workplace, OSHA is important to identifying businesses that are not committed to their employee’s safety. People who do not follow OSHA regulations can often face hundreds and even thousands, if not millions, of dollars in fines.
One of the most important aspects of OSHA is the employee training. OSHA requires that businesses create an emergency plan of action, which helps protect you, the employee. You’ll be trained in (or should be trained in) various situations such as: hazardous substances and how to handle these incidents, blood-borne pathogens, emergency situations like fires, tornado’s, lock-downs, etc., and what to do if an OSHA inspector comes to the workplace. All of these training’s may seem redundant and mundane but they are made to protect you. It is crucially important that these rules be set in order to create an ethical workplace.
If you need more information about OSHA, OSHA provides many free public documents all about their standards in order to help you understand the nuances of all these regulations. The OSHA website also offers tons of assistance in workplace consultation, voluntary protection programs, grants, strategic partnership, state plans, training, and educational guides about how to manage workplace safety.
At Q Safety Consultants, we can help provide all the training your company and employee’s need regarding OSHA. We offer a multitude of training options both online and in the classroom, you are guaranteed to find a training program best fitted to your business. Contact us today to get started on creating a healthy work environment for both you and your employees. While we are based out of Texas, we are available to serve you anywhere in the U.S.