OSHA Ebook

A company that follows OSHA's regulations, standards and training can help keep the business place safer for employees as well as improving the overall financial health of the company. Since 1970, when the Occupational Safety and Health Act, or OSHA, was instituted, workplace fatalities have been reduced by more than 65%, and occupational injury and illness rates by 67%. As a company owner you have a responsibility to keep all employees safe and free from hazards that could cause or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.

Listed below are the top ten OSHA standards frequently violated. Whether you are small, family owned business or a large manufacturing firm, some of the same standards apply.

  1. Fall protection, construction
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry
  3. scaffolding, general requirements, construction
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry
  6. Powered industrial trucks, general industry
  7. Electrical, wiring methods components and equipment, general industry
  8. Ladders, construction
  9. Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry
  10. Machine guarding (machines, general requirements, general industry)

As an employer you are obligated to understand what standards and regulations apply to your organization. Ensuring that you follow all OSHA requirements will assist your business in not only preventing workplace productivity and help manage controllable costs such as your workers compensation premiums.