As an employer, your responsibility for keeping your employees safe should be your top priority. But, what are your specific requirements as a business owner or supervisor?
In the second part of our two part series on OSHA law we will look at some of the things you need to do with your company to ensure the health and safety of all of your employees. Here are the rest of the things you need to know.
How to report accidents in the workplace.
OSHA has strict guidelines to follow when it comes to properly reporting an accident in your workplace. Most likely this information can be found out from your worker’s compensation insurance company.
Keep records of all work related illnesses and injuries.
You are also required to keep all instances of workplace illnesses or injuries on file. A violation of this may come with heavy fines, or worse.
Provide and post the record of injuries or illnesses.
You are also required in most cases to keep these items posted so everyone is aware of the potential risks on the job.
Provide access to medical records to employees and representatives.
You must also be able to provide access to any relevant medical records for both the affected employee and your OSHA representatives in the case of an audit.
Provide a team member to accompany the OSHA compliance officer during inspections.
You will also be subject to inspections from OSHA and you are required to provide a team member to act as a guide and liaison for the business.
Do not discriminate against employees who exercise their rights.
It is also important to understand that it is a violation of OSHA regulations to retaliate or discriminate against an employee who has exercised their rights under OSHA compliance.
Correct cited violations by the mandated deadline.
To this end, it is also critical that you correct any violations by the deadline provided by your OSHA inspector.
Adopt an injury and illness prevention program.
Lastly, as an employer you have access to OSHA’s injury and illness prevention programs. Take advantage of this for your business and your employees.
Do you want to know more about your responsibilities for safety in the workplace?
Contact ProSource Staffing to learn more about OSHA requirements and your business.