Top OSHA Policies You Must Be Compliant With

You want to keep your workers safe, and you want to follow the rules. So, what are the top OSHA policies you must be compliant with? Here are six of the most common violations inspectors find in factories and warehouses.

Hazard Communication

Employees have the right to know and understand the dangers of chemicals used in their workplace. All Companies must provide labels and safety data sheets explaining any hazardous chemicals present on the job. In addition, employers need to train their workers on how to handle these chemicals safely.

Control of Hazardous Energy

When someone is servicing or maintaining equipment, an accidental startup or energy release could cause injury or death. Therefore, businesses and employees must follow proper lockout/tag out (LOTO) procedures BEFORE performing maintenance. These rules apply to electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical and thermal equipment.

Respiratory Protection

Respirators protect workers against harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors and sprays as well as environments without enough oxygen. Employees who are exposed to these conditions and lack proper respiratory protection, may develop cancer, lung impairment, chronic diseases or even die. There are two types of respirators. The first filters out airborne particles, chemicals and gases, while the second supplies clean breathable air from another source.

Powered Industrial Trucks

Before an employee can operate a powered industrial truck, forklift or lift truck, they must be certified to do so. To earn forklift certification, a worker must complete classroom and hands-on training AND pass a written plus a driving test. Anyone under the age of 18 is NOT allowed to operate a powered industrial truck. It is the employer’s responsibility to enforce these rules.

Machinery and Machine Guarding

Machines with moving parts can be dangerous to workers. Potential injuries may include crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns or blindness. Safeguards and machine guarding help to protect individuals from harm.

Eye and Face Protection

Eye and face PPE (personal protective equipment) shield workers from chemical, environmental, radiological and/or mechanical irritants that may cause blindness or other physical damage. According to OSHA regulations, employers, and not employees, are responsible for proving necessary PPE.

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