Occupational Safety at the Workplace

Occupational Safety in the Workplace

Workplace safety focuses on protecting workers from the various safety and health hazards encountered throughout the workplace. Workplace safety requires employers to evaluate their workplaces and identify all hazards in the workplace. Once all hazards have been identified, it is important to prioritize the hazards, and address the hazards in an organized manner.

Safety hazards in the workplace include not only obvious threats, such as machine parts, hazardous materials, and exposure to toxic substances, but also falls, slips and trips, electrical equipment, and fire safety. Understanding the health and safety risks in your worksite is the first step to protecting your workers.

While OSHA’s regulations set baseline standards that must be met, some of these standards are outdated compared to modern best practices and research.

For example, many of OSHA’s permissible exposure limits for employees are based on 1970s data, much of which is outdated. Many organizations, such as the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists set much lower permissible exposure limits. Although OSHA may not have set a specific health and safety standard, OSHA’s general duty clause power under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) remains expansive. The general duty clause permits OSHA to cite employers for failing to address known hazards.

Managing workplace safety

To ensure you are always improving your safety and health performance, you should periodically conduct a health and safety audit to ensure you are currently meeting OSHA regulations and any other applicable health and safety standards. It is important to maintain awareness of regulatory developments when conducting an audit to ensure that you are auditing the proper standards.

Managing all of your health and safety standards can be time-consuming, but health and safety compliance software can reduce some of the burdens.
Health and safety software can automate certain tasks and create a centralized location for your health and safety data.

How can Red-on-line help?

Red-on-line provides customized legal registers containing your health and safety requirements, along with value-added features, including periodic monitoring, compliance tracking, and corrective action management.

Our team of EHS experts monitors regulatory developments at the federal, state, and local level, providing you with the assurance that you are aware of the latest health and safety regulations.

Definitions

What is the Occupational Safety and Health Act?

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) was enacted by the federal government in 1970 to protect workers from hazards in the workplace. Under the OSH Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is tasked with creating health and safety regulations to improve safety in the workplace.

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