Occupational Safety in the Workplace
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While OSHA’s regulations set baseline standards that must be met, some of these standards are outdated compared to modern best practices and research.
For example, many of OSHA’s permissible exposure limits for employees are based on 1970s data, much of which is outdated.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
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?
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.