Compliance Managers

Written by Shirley Parker
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When it comes to safety training, the compliance usually referred to is that of a manager completing a Certificate in OSHA Compliance or its equivalent, and then following up to make sure his company is on track with meeting regulations. The National Safety Council is one organization that conducts training on a number of safety topics at various locations around the nation. Some of their courses are also available online and branded for the specific company client.

Relevant to the Certificate in OSHA Compliance, the training is designed for compliance managers and anyone else responsible for OSHA compliance at their workplace. This could include everyone from human resources personnel to safety team members. In order to earn the certification, one Introduction seminar and five additional electives must be taken within a three-year period. Compliance Managers, however, would want to complete the program or one similar to it in a much shorter time period, so they could be fully grounded in OSHA principles.

The backbone for any environmental, health and safety program is complying with regulations, but a manager can get bogged down dealing with day-to-day problems and never get higher management's cooperation for doing something constructive about long term failings. Serious non-compliance will create severe financial and other penalties for the company, may trigger in-depth investigations, and even get the company's operations shut down. Management in-fighting and turf protection can stall the best attempts at forward progress.

Outside Management Experts

An external consulting or management company can help a compliance manager identify areas needing immediate attention and provide the required support for getting owners to recognize that corrective action must be taken--now, in some critical circumstances. The outside company can also help in obtaining cost-effective permitting solutions, will conduct environmental audits, and prescribe solutions to poor performance among employees.

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