It’s hard to imagine, but there was once a time when employers could do whatever they wanted in order to turn a profit; even if this meant taking advantage of employees and forcing them to work in inhumane conditions. What’s even harder to believe is how long it took for the United States government to take official action on this issue. Thankfully, in 1970, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and making sure that employees were safe and comfortable in their workspaces became part of human resource management.
Let’s take a brief look at what OSHA covers, and how you can make sure that you’re always in compliance with this important law at your workplace.
What Is OSHA?
According to the United States Department of Labor, which oversees and enforces OSHA, this law is meant “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”
Tips For Maintaining OSHA Compliance:
- Wondering how to make sure you’re never found in violation of OSHA? Here are a few tips that we suggest to all of our clients.
- Make sure that your employees fully understand their rights and responsibilities under OSHA. This is most easily accomplished by displaying the OSHA poster in a place where it can be reviewed by all employees.
- Make sure that all employees have the tools, equipment, and safety gear they need to remain in good health on the job. Keep up with the maintenance schedule of all of these tools and the equipment, so that they’re in good working order when needed.
- Be vigilant about communicating and updating safety procedures on a regular basis. Make sure that new employees are properly trained in a language they can understand, and provide regular revision of these procedures for veteran employees so that there’s never a question about how to handle unsafe or dangerous situations.
The best way to make sure that you’re always in compliance with OSHA standards is to hire a human resources management company that can keep you abreast of all requirements and changes.