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The above list of cited categories of violations continue to lead to death and dismemberment of workers. Businesses should look at this list and use it as a guide to better understand what are the most frequently cited and overlooked yet hazardous conditions that exist at most workplaces.
These categories of OSHA safety violations are preventable and all workplaces must actively perform daily site hazard assessments, educate workers and develop an incident investigation. Every workplace should implement a review and abatement program that continuously evaluates and improves the workplace safety conditions so that hazards are abated.
It is up to everyone to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses and keep each other safe.
OSHA continuously develops, updates and provides small entity guidance documents related to the OSHA standards. There are quick cards, guidance documents, training materials and other resources that are available for download from their website: www.osha.gov.
The following training guidance document is the most current and provides a detailed review of what is required by businesses to protect worker’s safety and health.
The guide includes training provisions, emergency action plans, on site first aid requirements, equipment and tool safety, electrical and fall protection, hazardous materials or Hazard Communication requirements for worker safety with chemicals, PPE, personal protective equipment requirements, and much more detailed worker health and safety training and control provisions.
OSHA Publication 2254 (2015) “Training Requirements in OSHA Standards” for General Industry, Construction and Maritime, is located at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha2254.pdf
OSHA standards require programs to be in place and written or electronic documentation that the program requirements have been completed. Each business will need to evaluate the workplace activities and determine which safety program is required for their worksite. To ensure that each program is completed, it is best to have the specific program:
List of Common OSHA Safety Programs for General Industry and Construction
The above list is a starting point for the variety of programs that must be evaluated, written and continuously improved upon for each workplace to ensure workers are provide a safe and healthy workplace.
OSHA requires employers to provide training to workers on multiple topics.
A safety officer or manager identifies training needs, develops appropriate training programs and delivers training to employees. While these items can be outsourced, businesses need to evaluate the benefits of having a safety officer on-site and available to workers to meet their safety and health needs and enforce the OSHA standards, while providing a safe and healthy workplace.
OSHA offers free safety resources that will help owners and managers review the safety program requirements for their workplaces.
Employers are required to evaluate their workplaces and keep their workplace free from identifiable and recognized hazards and dangerous conditions to protect all workers’ safety and overall health. All businesses are required to comply with the OSHA Standards. Which sections apply to your business depends on the business classification, work practices and number of employees.
OSHA requires that all employers comply with applicable OSHA standards unless they are specifically exempted. Businesses with more than ten (10) employees must maintain OSHA injury and illness records unless OSHA classifies the business as partially exempt.
If you have few than 10 employees during the year, unless OSHA or the Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies your business in a category that requires you to do so, you do not need to keep the OSHA 300 log records of injuries and illnesses.