Are your company’s safety, emergency, and accident prevention policies up-to-date? At Global Safety, we train executives and employees every day on how to keep their workplace prepared to avoid hazards, confidently and efficiently handle emergency situations, and stay compliant with worker protection laws. We’re passionate about safety, and in today’s blog, we’d like to talk about the most common ways in which businesses knowingly or willfully violate OSHA law.
OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is the federal regulatory body that monitors small and large businesses in every industry to ensure they’re maintaining safe workplaces and handling hazards correctly. An OSHA violation can be very costly to businesses, and we’d like to spare your employees and your bottom line that pain. Read on to learn some of the most common ways in which companies can violate OSHA.
Fall Protection and Fall Protection Training
Fall protection violations are one of the most commonly violated OSHA standards, particularly in industrial and construction work. In most cases, employers are cited for failing to provide fall protection when needed, be it on a roof or on work surfaces that are more than six feet above another level. They can also be cited for not providing adequate levels of training in fall protection.
To avoid this kind of OSHA violation, be sure to carefully monitor your workplace to ensure that you have adequate fall protection on every roof or working surface that has an unprotected edge or side and is more than six feet from a lower level or the ground.
OSHA’s scaffolding standard is frequently violated similarly, often in the same kinds of work that see the most fall protection violations. Companies violate this standard by failing to provide employees enough protection on scaffolds, or having improper, unsafe decking on their scaffolds. This can include providing incorrect access to scaffolding and failing to provide employees proper protection on scaffolds with fall arrest systems or guardrails.
To avoid this kind of OSHA violation, make it impossible to fall off your company’s scaffolding, and ensure the scaffolding is constructed properly and securely. A good rule of thumb is if an employee could fall off a part of your scaffold, that someone eventually will. Prevent the possibility with sufficient security and protection measures.
OSHA’s hazard communications standard is another frequently-violated measure. The hazards communication standard requires companies to clearly label chemical hazards in the workplace and train employees on the specific chemicals and their dangers. This can be a particularly costly standard to violate, as chemical injuries can often be severe. And yet, companies frequently violate this standard by failing to maintain copies of safety data in the workplace, failing to have a hazard communication program in place, and even neglecting to train employees in hazardous chemicals in the workplace at all.
To avoid violating this standard, plan ahead as a company and make it part of your onboarding processes to train new employees on the hazardous chemicals, if any, in your workplace.
If you have questions about OSHA standards or could use assistance in training your employees on workplace safety and emergency preparedness, call Global Safety! We’re Los Angeles’ #1 resource for safety and emergency preparedness. We can help your company develop action plans to handle emergencies and hazards in your workplace, and other risk factors. Visit our service page to learn more today!