State and Federal Workplace Safety/OSHA compliance review and evaluation
Workplace safety has and continues to be a top priority for state and federal agencies charged with the oversight of ensuring that working conditions for employees are safe and that hazards are, the extent possible, controlled, minimized, or eliminated. The federal agency most often associated with the regulation and enforcement of workplace safety standards compliance and enforcement is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA. It is important for companies to understand that workplace safety is not a selective area of regulation. OSHA standards, as well as many state safety standards are required simply because an employee works in an environment that is provided and controlled by an employer. Ensuring company compliance with workplace safety laws and regulations require an inspection and review that falls into roughly three categories.
i. Equipment condition, control, lock-out, tag-out protocols, and service logs
ii. Personal Protective Equipment or PPE. This is equipment that an employer is required to provide for employees to ensure basic physical safety from the normal hazards present in the work place. These usually include the protection of:
- Eyes, from debris, heat, splash hazards, and excessive light exposure
- Crush injuries
- Concussive injuries
- Excessive Sound
- Confined space injuries
- Repetitive motion injuries
iii. Workplace conditions. Are the actual conditions in which people work every day, safe and as free as possible of hazards?
Solutions to workplace safety problems and deficiencies are critical to not only the protection of employees and other people that come to a work place, but to the well-being of the company as well. OSHA-type inspections can be conducted to assess:
- Whether or not the company’s working environment is considered safe.
- Training programs must be devised to educate employees about workplace safety and hazards.
- PPE requirements must be assessed and implemented.
- Of particular importance to safety enforcement agencies are the records that are kept by a company that document injuries sustained by employees on the job
- Workplace environmental safety procedures implementation