Risk & Safety

OSHA Compliance

Sam Bowman
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Published on May 17

OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is a federal agency that oversees workplace safety and health regulations in the United States. As a safety consultant, it is important to understand and stay up-to-date on OSHA regulations and compliance requirements to ensure that your clients are in compliance and protecting the safety of their employees.

One of the key regulations set forth by OSHA is the General Duty Clause, which requires employers to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm. This includes hazards such as exposure to toxic chemicals, falls, and dangerous machinery. Employers must also provide safety training and education to their employees on these hazards, as well as any necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).

Another important OSHA regulation is the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), which requires employers to provide information and training to employees on the chemicals they may be exposed to in the workplace. This includes providing a written hazard communication program, labeling and tagging of chemicals, and providing material safety data sheets (MSDS) for employees.

OSHA also has specific regulations for various industries, such as construction, maritime, and healthcare. For example, the construction industry has specific regulations for fall protection, scaffolding, and ladders. Employers in the maritime industry must comply with regulations for safety equipment, fire protection, and emergency procedures. And the healthcare industry has regulations for bloodborne pathogens and workplace violence.

It is important for employers to understand and comply with OSHA regulations in order to create a safe and healthy work environment for their employees. As a safety consultant, it is your job to help them understand and meet these requirements. This includes conducting safety audits, providing safety training and education, and developing safety policies and procedures. Staying up-to-date on OSHA regulations and compliance requirements is essential to being an effective safety consultant.

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