Four Tips to Stay Compliant With OSHA Regulations

shutterstock 285047216By Alison Stanton

As a business owner, it goes without saying that you are committed to staying compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). But as you have found out firsthand, wanting to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses and keep your workplace safe as per the OSHA standards requires constant vigilance as well as a keen knowledge of the rules and regulations.

In order to help ensure that your company is compliant with OSHA requirements, check out the following tips:

Hire wisely

When interviewing new employees, make it a point to stress how safety and OSHA compliance are top priorities in your company. Watch their body language and listen closely to what the job candidates are saying; if they seem uncomfortable with your devotion to safety or make dismissive comments, they are not the right people for your team. You can also hire vetted employees who have a proven record of safety.

Train staff regularly

Employees often forget to enforce the rules, and supervisors may also forget to pass all of the rules onto new employees, which means some of your team will be OSHA compliant while others are operating on a partial list of rules. To avoid this scenario, schedule regular safety training with your team; OSHA and the state branches have training materials that you can follow for your particular industry, and there are also companies that you can hire that offer OSHA training to your entire team.

Turn to OSHA for assistance

The people behind OSHA have no desire to keep the safety rules secret; they want everyone in every industry to have easy access to the standards. With this in mind, a great place to start is with the OSHA QuickStarts section of the website. This handy online guide is divided into three key industries: general, construction and healthcare. Owners of construction companies can read through a list of seven key steps that relate to OSHA compliance; it will identify many of the major OSHA requirements as well as offer guidance materials.

Properly maintain your equipment

In addition to ensuring that workplaces are safe, OSHA also stresses the importance of properly maintaining the various types of equipment your team uses every day. For example, in the hand and power tools section, there are publications devoted to nail gun safety, standards for power tools and more. To be sure you are in compliance, be sure that everything in your tools and materials are in great condition — from the electrical connection down to the smallest o-ring. In fact, consider keeping a steady supply of o-rings in stock and replace them as necessary in your equipment.

In order to stay in compliance with OSHA 24/7, business owners must look at the big and small pictures. By focusing on larger issues like good hires and proper training as well as the seemingly minor yet vitally important factors like the small parts that make up the tools and equipment, the workplace will be as safe as possible as well as OSHA compliant.

Alison Stanton has been a freelance writer for the past 18 years. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Alison thoroughly enjoys writing about a wide variety of people and topics. When she is not writing, Alison can be found hanging out with her family — which includes three wonderful rescue dogs — and sipping a caffeinated beverage from Starbucks. 

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