Your workforce is the most important part of your business, and you work hard to ensure that their work environment is as safe as possible, but even if your own safety measures could be the best in the industry, it’s still important to keep on top of the latest regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Third party companies will often cold-call businesses to sell them the posters and materials that they are required by law to post in their workplace, but there’s no need to go through a middle man: those same materials are available from OSHA for free. While you’re at OSHA’s web site, go ahead and peruse their top ten most common violations. You might notice a violation in your own workplace, that you didn’t even know was there. The Administration also offers free on-site consultations, to help small-to-medium-sized businesses update their workplace safety procedures, and ensure that they are properly adhered to. Going to the trouble to make sure that your people are working in the safest way possible may seem like a hassle, but it could save you and your employees from costly litigation and health expenditures in the long run—and could even save a life. It’s worth it.
OSHA and Your Business
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