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Why Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regulations Matter in Construction

 

Established in 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers, regardless of the industry, to provide a safe work environment for their workers. OSHA is part of the investigation process in case of an accident, and it also reinforces preventative measures to keep your construction crew safe at all times.

Many employers believe that these safety rules are important only in a warehouse or production environment, but OSHA covers all workplace hazards. And, in most cases, construction will pose specialized risks based on the work performed by your employees.

Let’s take a look at some of the workplace requirements from OSHA:

  • Employees must be informed when they are working with hazardous materials. If any employees in your construction company work with hazardous materials, such as chemicals, they need to be aware of the safety protocol for these products. They must receive training and be given the correct tools and protective equipment to perform the job safely.
  • Safety training must be provided for all workers. In fact, every aspect of your construction business will require safety training for your employees. Safety training may include fires or falls and the proper method to avoid and prevent these dangers from occurring.
  • Provide safety equipment as necessary. Your construction workers also must be given any important safety equipment that will reduce the risk of injury while working for you. These might be back braces, safety glasses, gloves, or ear protection. The specific equipment will depend on the type of work each employee is doing.
  • Records of accidents, injuries, or illnesses must be kept. Along with awareness, training, and equipment, an employer also is required to ensure that there are clear records of any incidents on the job. OSHA must be notified within a short time frame after an accident has occurred. They may investigate further, so files need to be kept on hand to be compliant with OSHA requirements.

If you have more questions about how OSHA regulations affect your construction business, call us today.

 
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