Regardless of the nature of a particular business, hazards exist and mishaps can occur. Any workplace could be a setting in which the potential for injury is high. Some of the most common perils in the workplace include electrical issues, chemicals that are harmful to humans, and dangerous equipment.
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.
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.
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.
The OSHA training classes for general industry workers provide necessary information for workers in a variety of industries. The program includes a variety of topics either presented or discussed; some of the course topics are mandatory while others are optional.
The training is comprehensive, and it is designed to prepare course participants to handle a broad range of on-the-job circumstances related to health and safety.
Our safety infographic outlines the steps necessary to create a safe work environment.
The process for any new safety policy
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. All employers must provide work environments that are safe and free from potential hazards. While the general industry standards apply to all workplaces, industry specific standards take precedence over the general ones when they relate to hazards that are identical. Requirements such as hazard communication and personal protective equipment (PPE) are applicable to all industries.
This graphic explains the hazards of common jobs and the safety gear worn by different workers.
The best way to have a safe workplace is with an updated, comprehensive training plan.
This is the process
- Needs Assessment
- Check Staff Skills
- Find Skill Gaps
- Take Training Courses
- Repeat Process
The importance of safety in the workplace and preventing injuries and occupational hazards.