OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is a federal agency in the United States that enforces a wide range of labor statutes and regulations. The stated goal of OSHA is to make sure construction industry employers create safe and healthy working conditions for employees by enforcing standards and offering education, training, and outreach. As a business owner, following OSHA regulations is an important part of running a successful company. Even if your company only rents construction equipment sporadically, OSHA requires that your employees have the proper education and training to stay safe.
History and Purpose
OSHA was created through the signing of the Occupational Safety and Health Act by President Richard Nixon in late 1970. Since its inception, workplace injuries and deaths have decreased dramatically across the country. In that time, the agency has performed 40,000 inspections and handed out more than 60,000 citations. OSHA's purpose is not to punish businesses with a lot of physical labor and heavy equipment, but to help them become safer and more productive.
Types of Regulations
OSHA requires that employers provide adequate protections for worker safety through proper maintenance of facilities, employee education and adequate equipment. Everything from exposure to hazardous materials to proper conflict resolution is regulated by the agency. Any private employer within the United States or its recognized territories is required to follow these rules. For example, if you operate a construction site, you'll need to ensure that employees using dangerous equipment have the right certification. Even your normal office workers will need to be educated about a variety of safety concerns.
Compliance Safety and Health Officers perform inspections at work sites to ensure all applicable regulations are being followed. Planned inspections are usually reserved for construction sites that are prone to hazardous conditions, but unplanned inspections can be triggered for a number of reasons, including accidents, referrals and employee complaints. These complaints can be made by labor unions, lawyers representing employees, family members, social workers and other government officials. Working conditions for some industries, such as mining, aviation, domestic assistance and independent contracting, are not regulated by OSHA.
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