Just a Simple Straight Forward Requirement - 01/21/2019
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, January 21, 2019
Just a Simple Straight Forward Requirement
Last week we provided 6 key elements that should be in every safety program. They are:
- Company safety policies
- Management and employee involvement and participation
- Education and training
- Specific procedures to identify and protect employees from hazards created by the work they perform
- Specific procedures to identify and protect employees from hazards they may be exposed to that are created by others
- Controls that will be put in place to help ensure management and employee compliance with the company’s safety policies and procedures
This week we’re going to take the 6 elements and turn them into 4 Steps to protect employees from hazards in the workplace while keeping your company OSHA compliant.
Most companies that I’ve talked to over the years say that OSHA regulations are almost impossible to understand. The information is difficult to find in the thousands of pages of regulations; the language can be confusing; when you do find what you think you need, it’s difficult to understand and you are often referred to another portion of the regulation; and as you pore through OSHA’s regulations on their website, you see that sometimes they even realize their requirements are confusing because they provide letters of interpretation.
Simply put, how can OSHA expect anyone to completely understand their regulations when they don’t!
Well, I’m here to tell you that it just doesn’t have to be that complicated.In fact, meeting OSHA requirements can be broken down into 4 simple steps and it all starts with OSHA’s General Duty Clause.As I mentioned last week, it has been around since OSHA’s beginning in 1970 and it states:
“Each employer shall furnish to each of his employee’s employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees”
Sounds pretty straight forward to me, how about you?It’s not a thousand pages long, no confusing language and it doesn’t refer to any other requirement – just a simple straight forward requirement.
So, with that simple statement in mind here are the 4 steps that provide you a quicker, easier way to meet OSHA regulations while protecting your employees from hazards in the workplace:
- Establish Policies and Procedures that Meet OSHA Requirements
- Effectively Communicate Your Safety Program and Procedures to Your Employees
- Perform Regular and Frequent Worksite Inspections
- Enforce Your Safety Policies and Procedures
If you look at our 4 steps and compare them to our 6 key elements you will find that the first 2 are taken care of in our first step, the third in our second step, 4 and 5 in the third step and number 6 in the fourth step.
See, we’ve already simplified workplace safety and compliance by reducing 6 elements and putting them into 4 simple, easy to understand steps.
Next week we’ll start to breakdown how you can put these 4 steps to work for you – providing you simply a quicker, easier way to meet today’s tougher workplace safety and compliance requirements.
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