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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Employer OSHA Obligations

Cynthia Hsu from http://www.findlaw.com/ recently wrote about OSHA employer/employee obligations. While some may already be familiar with these guidelines, other may find a review helpful.

According to OSHA, all employers engaged in business affecting commerce need to provide safe working conditions for their employees.

What does this mean? Most important: Employers need to remove hazardous or dangerous conditions.

As an employer, be sure to follow OSHA guidelines, which are federal law. Know what guidelines and regulations are applicable to your workplace, and have copies available for employees who request them.

Keep records of injuries and illnesses. Businesses with 11 employees or more at any time during a calendar year are required to keep records of occupational injuries and illnesses. Those in retail trade, finance, insurance, real estate and service industries are exempt from this rule.

Display OSHA's Safe and Healthful workplaces poster. Employers are required to post this poster, or its state equivalent, somewhere for all to see. Lunchrooms or break rooms are great places to display these posters.

Tell your workers about hazardous chemicals. If your business uses hazardous chemicals, employers need to inform employees about these hazards and train them on proper safeguards such as signs and labels.

Businesses are subject to OSHA inspections. Employees may contact local or state OSHA offices to request an inspection if there is a hazard or danger in the workplace.

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