OSHA Construction Versus General Industry Safety Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970 served to create Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is the agency that oversees the working conditions of most workplaces in the country.

This agency sets standards and enforces them, as well as providing education, outreach, training, and assistance with compliance. The standards set forth by the Administration cover four main categories, which are maritime, general industry, agriculture, and construction.
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Install and Maintain Emergency Fixtures to Reduce Workplace Accidents

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The workplace can be a dangerous place, especially in work environments that contain hazardous materials – such as gases and chemicals.

Workers can experience injuries to the eyes, the skin, and the limbs, and they may even be involved in fatal workplace accidents.
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Construction Safety Training Guidelines for Field Workers

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To ensure a safe environment for construction workers, it is vital that workers receive comprehensive safety training. The extent of training that each worker is given before working in the field has a direct impact on the work setting in general.

Construction workers must be properly educated in OSHA regulations, and they must demonstrate the willingness and ability to meet such regulations without fail. In order to consistently maintain a work environment that is safe, construction workers need to be trained in a broad assortment of relevant topics.
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Ten Holiday Safety Tips

10 holiday safety tips

  • Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use
  • Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights
  • Use battery operated candles
  • Keep tree fresh by watering daily
  • Protect cords from damage
  • Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources.
  • Check decorations for certification label
  • Do not overload electrical outlets
  • Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking
  • Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.

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Helpful Summary of OSHA Regulations and Requirements

The Occupational and Safety Administration (OSHA) has been assigned two primary functions by the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. Those functions are to set standards in the workplace, as well as to implement inspections to be sure that employers provide a safe work environment. In some cases, employers may need to change various practices and processes in order to comply with the accepted standards. Employers are required to know and comply with the OSHA standards. This may involve ensuring that employees use protective equipment along with complying with the rules that are applicable to them. The work environment must be kept free of hazards that could cause serious harm to employees.
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OSHA 10-Hour Construction Training Requirements

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The OSHA online program includes the OSHA 10-hour certification course. After completing this course successfully, participants receive a DOL/OSHA 10-hour card.

This OSHA safety training course covers topics such as how to recognize, reduce, and prevent workplace health and safety hazards. Those who take this class will also explore employer responsibilities, workers’ rights, and how to file complaints properly.
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