Employer Responsibilities Under OSHA Law (Part 1 of 2)

Employer Responsibilities Under OSHA Law (Part 1 of 2)

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 first 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. Let’s begin.

Maintain a hazard free environment. 

It is your responsibility to ensure that your workplace is free from known hazards. What these hazards are will largely depend on the type of business you conduct.

Make sure workplace conditions are compliant.

You also need to make sure that you remain compliant and up to date with all of the most recent OSHA requirements based on your business type.

Ensure equipment is safe and maintained.

Never let any equipment become neglected. Some office equipment or machinery could become a danger to employees or the environment if they are neglected or in disrepair.

Use easily recognizable tools to inform employees.

OSHA recommends using signs, colors, or other easy to recognize methods to inform employees of any dangerous situations or hazards in the workplace.

Communicate all operational procedures and changes.

You are also liable for communicating any changes to your staff that could impact their safety in the workplace.

Provide safety training.

For new employees, and for any time that procedures change, you must provide the appropriate safety training.

Understand hazardous materials requirements.

It is also up to you as an employer to fully understand the necessary requirements established by OSHA for the safe handling of hazardous materials.

Provided necessary medical examinations.

You are also responsible for the safety and health of your staff while on the job. If this is in question, you must provide the proper medical examinations to your staff.

Post the OSHA poster in your workplace.

To be compliant with all of this, you are required to keep the most up to date OSHA poster visible to all of your employees.

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