Safety In The Workplace

Written by Amy Hall
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Safety in the workplace is an enormous concern for employers across America. If even one employee gets hurt in their place of business, the consequences can be devastating. This is especially true if that particular company is not in compliance with the safety guidelines outlined by the Osha safety manual.

Let's say a worker is walking through a warehouse with a heavy armload of supplies, when he trips and falls on a wet, slippery surface. This employee breaks his pelvic bone and can not return to work for six months. If this company had a safety plan in place that required a sign to be put up when the floor was wet, and it did not do this when the accident took place, they are responsible for this employees injuries. Not only can they be sued by that employee, but they can also be fined a hefty penalty by OSHA, with a fine reaching $70,000.00 for blatant non-compliance.

The Role of OSHA for Safety in the Workplace

OSHA, which stands for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has put together a safety manual that outlines what each and every business must do to comply with their regulations. These regulations are updated regularly, as OSHA deems necessary. Depending upon the industry, there are amendments to the basic manual that individual companies must adhere to in order to remain in compliance.

For instance, those workers who will be operating machinery in a manufacturing factory, can not wear loose clothing or jewelry that can get caught in the machine. Nor can women with very long hair wear it down when operating manufacturing equipment. These rules apply to a specific industry, such as manufacturing or construction, with the goal to keep workers from losing fingers, arms, or even their hair and scalp in an accident at work involving machinery. This is why regulations are put into place that can help facilitate safety in the workplace.

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