Workplace health and safety is a critical factor for every company. Promoting the wellness of employees is not only a moral duty, but is a legal one as well. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has developed laws and regulations over the years to keep workers safe.
OSHA’s mission is to ensure that all employees remain in a safe and healthy work environment. To enforce this goal, OSHA has developed specific standards for industries. Employers are required to comply with the applicable standards as well as the OSH Act of 1970. This law states that employers must keep the work environment free of all serious hazards that can cause serious physical harm or death to employees.
OSHA personnel make periodic visits to companies to ensure that the regulations are being followed. They inspect the building for hazardous conditions. They also look for blocked passages and exits, and they talk with workers about their knowledge of maintaining safety standards.
The most important component for compliance is to make sure every employee is aware and properly trained. Key steps include:
Posting work instructions and other visual signs around the building is extremely helpful to employees. The visual reminders help workers follow safety protocols.
The 3 main classifications of safety warning signs include safety instruction, caution and danger signs.
During the current pandemic, companies must ensure strict compliance with additional health and safety instructions. Workers must keep at least 6 feet apart in the safe workplace and wear masks at all times, except when eating. Where practicable, plexiglass barriers should be installed. Hand sanitizing stations must be set up at key points, and employees should be encouraged to wash their hands frequently. Sick employees must be instructed to stay home. If they exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 they need to call their health care provider right away.
Health and safety in the workplace is the most important goal of every business owner. Setting up smart protocols will greatly reduce risks to employees.