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OSHA Compliance and Requirements

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What is OSHA Compliance?

OSHA compliance involves implementing measures to ensure the safety and health of workers in the workplace. OSHA compliance includes identifying and addressing workplace hazards, providing necessary training and education, maintaining accurate records, and following specific requirements for safety equipment, hazard communication, emergency planning, and more. OSHA compliance aims to create a safe working environment, prevent workplace accidents and injuries, and comply with legal obligations. It helps protect the well-being of employees, minimizes financial and legal risks for organizations, and promotes a safety culture.

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What does it mean to be OSHA compliant?

Being OSHA compliant means that an organization or workplace adheres to the regulations and standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA compliance involves implementing measures to protect employees from workplace hazards, providing necessary training and education, maintaining proper recordkeeping, and following specific requirements for safety equipment, hazard communication, emergency planning, and more.

Achieving OSHA compliance implies that an organization has demonstrated its commitment to safeguarding the well-being and safety of its employees, minimizing workplace accidents, and complying with legal obligations to maintain a healthy work environment.

What are the needs for OSHA Compliance?

Workplace safety management is about proactively preventing incidents that put your employees at risk and ensures compliance with the OSHA guidelines. Compliance with OSHA standards includes requirements to improve fall protection, prevent exposure

  • Prevent exposure to some infectious diseases, harmful substances as asbestos and lead
  • Prevent trenching cave-ins
  • Improve the safety of workers who enter confined spaces
  • Put guards on machines
  • Provide fall protection and other safety equipment
  • Offer training based on the nature of the job

Once employers focus on the safety of the employees, OSHA compliance becomes easier, and this enables:

  • Faster emergency responses to shop floor injuries
  • Reduction in operational risks
  • Better safety planning by analyzing pattern risks
  • Improvement in employee performance
  • Safety and health compliance

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What are the benefits of maintaining OSHA compliance in the workplace?

OSHA compliance is mandated to prevent work-related injury, create a safer work environment, and reduce the fatality rate in high-risk industries. By adhering to the recommended OSHA practices, employers and business owners understand the need for these safety guidelines as it helps: An automated solution that is aligned to the OSHA requirements such as the one from ComplianceQuest can help:

Prevent injuries, illness, or even death in the workplace

Overcome financial suffering and hardship that can affect workers, family, or even the employers

Improve workplace morale

Create favorable brand image among the community of customers and suppliers

Reduce the attrition rate

How can Employees comply with OSHA Requirements?

Worker participation is an essential component of OSHA compliance, requiring workers’ involvement and participation in establishing, operating, evaluating, and improving workplace safety and health programs. To have an effective safety and health program, all workers:

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Are encouraged to provide inputs and report safety or health concerns without any fear

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Need access to information to participate effectively in the program

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Have opportunities to participate in all phases of program design and implementation

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Do not face retaliation when they raise safety and health concerns; report injuries, illnesses, and hazards; participate in the program, or exercise safety and health rights

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    Are encouraged to provide inputs and report safety or health concerns without any fear

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    Need access to information to participate effectively in the program

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    Have opportunities to participate in all phases of program design and implementation

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    Do not face retaliation when they raise safety and health concerns; report injuries, illnesses, and hazards; participate in the program, or exercise safety and health rights

Training is another integral part of OSHA guidelines. It acts as a tool that informs workers and managers about workplace hazards and controls so they can work more safely and be more productive. Training is also mandated as it provides workers and managers with a better understanding of the safety and health program so that they can contribute to its development and implementation. OSHA firmly believes that employee training, outreach, and education are essential to prevent work-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths.

Some of the training programs and education material recommended by OSHA include:

  • Injury and Illness Prevention Programs
  • Educational Information
  • OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers
  • Worker Participation in Developing Training Programs

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What is the role of an OSHA Compliance Officer, and what are their responsibilities and duties?

OSHA inspectors are called compliance safety and health officers and are experienced, well-trained industrial hygienists and safety professionals. Their role is to assure compliance with OSHA requirements and help employers and workers reduce on-the-job hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses, and deaths in the workplace. Inspections are initiated without advance notice, conducted using on-site or telephone and facsimile investigations, performed by highly trained compliance officers and scheduled based on the following priorities:

  • Imminent danger

  • Catastrophes: fatalities or hospitalizations

  • Targeted inspections: particular hazards, high injury rates

  • Follow-up inspections

OSHA inspection officer carries out three important duties during inspection – briefing the employer of the inspection, thorough examination of the site with employee interviews, and summarizing findings in a report.

The first duty of the inspection officer is to brief the employer in an opening conference where the compliance officer will explain:

  • The reason behind the inspection
  • Employee representation
  • Scope of the inspection
  • Employee interviews
  • Walkaround procedures

Once the officer explains his part, a representative selected by the company accompanies the officer through the inspection. The compliance officer can speak with other employees as part of the inspection.

The second duty involves a thorough examination of the site with a walkthrough. As the actual inspection starts, the officer and the representatives walk through the workplace, inspecting for violations that could lead to employee injury or illness, any reported worksite injury and illness records, and the posting of the official OSHA poster. Any apparent violations that can be corrected immediately are pointed but cited in the report as part of the inspection. The officer is bound to keep witness of trade secrets confidential.

Once the walkaround inspection is complete, the compliance officer holds a closing conference to summarizing the findings in the form of a report. The agenda includes discussions about possible courses of action an employer may take following an inspection, such as an informal conference with OSHA, contesting citations, and proposed penalties. The compliance officer and employer, along with the representatives, also discuss consultation services and employee rights.

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What role do HR managers play in ensuring OSHA compliance within the organization?

Accurate record-keeping of workplace injuries or illnesses is mandatory. All OSHA compliance requirements are likely to be carried out by the company’s HR manager. As per the guidelines, employers must report any worker fatality within eight hours and any amputation, loss of an eye, or hospitalization of a worker within 24 hours. Also, it is to be noted that since the beginning of 2019, businesses in certain high-risk industries must electronically file OSHA’s Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) by March 2 of each year. Examples of these businesses include specialized freight trucking, psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals and senior care facilities, and which have at least 20 and up to 249 employees,

As part of OSHA compliance record-keeping, three OSHA forms need to be maintained:

  • Form 301: an injury and illness incident report
  • Form 300: a log of work-related injuries and illnesses
  • Form 300A: a summary of work-related injuries and illnesses

OSHA defines a serious work-related injury or illness as:

  • Any work-related fatality
  • Any work-related injury or illness that results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job
  • Any work-related injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid
  • Any work-related diagnosed case of cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones or teeth, and punctured eardrums

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How can ComplianceQuest EHS help businesses become OSHA compliant?

Making the workplace a safe place for employees while implementing sustainable practices is a multi-step process requiring right from top management commitment to employee involvement. It needs a strong safety and environment culture and also processes to ensure the efforts bear fruit. Most importantly, the processes should comply with regulatory requirements such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) of 1970.

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