Setting up a business is no doubt fraught with risks and potential pitfalls. Trying to manage it effectively is even more onerous and you need to keep track of the various regulations that apply to your company. It is important to learn about the ‘Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970’ popularly known by its acronym OSHA too as you, an employer would have to keep the job place secure and safe for all your employees. While the law itself is administered by the “Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),” a part of the Law Department, it does not provide the actual training or award certificates for becoming OSHA compliant.

On the contrary several courses have been formulated as per the guidelines put forward by the Department and an OSHA 10 Hour Training or 30 Hour Training program can be best termed as OSHA authorized. Sure, qualifying for an OSHA 10 certification will not only help you to comply with the regulations but will also go a long way in ensuring your peace of mind.

Do check out the following facts and get yourself trained ASAP.

Does your business need to be OSHA compliant?

  • You need to follow the guidelines even if you employ a single individual. An employee is a person who accepts a pay check from you regularly but is not a contractor or a freelance worker.

  • Well, you may not have had any untoward incidents of injury or illness at work last year in spite of having over 10 employees but the law requires you to be OSHA compliant at the earliest.

What do you need to do?

  • You need to keep your employees informed about their rights by displaying the rules via an OSHA poster.

  • You also need to inform all your workers about the dangers of handling hazardous substances that is used at your workplace and train them on how to identify, and treat their injuries, should such an incident ever take place.

  • It is important to make your workers aware of various first-aid practices along with training them on emergency methods of dealing with blood pathogens.

  • Equipping your employees to find the right solution during an emergency is of utmost importance. Do train them on how to deal with fires as well as other occupational emergencies and enable them to use the emergency exit routes without crowding when you need to evacuate the location.

  • Do keep a route map that includes all means of egress from the work place handy and display it at prominent areas within your premises.

  • It will also be necessary to report any untoward injury including fatalities to the closest OSHA center without any delay.

OSHA Training Includes

  • Safety hazards training including falls from a height, electrocution, breakout of fire, caught in between construction or mechanical equipment.

  • Handling of hazardous chemicals or radiation

  • Dealing with blood borne pathogens

  • Proper usage of scaffolding

  • Minimizing the possibility of crashes at work sites

  • Extensive training on how to use protective gear


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