The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 introduced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in order to “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”
OSHA aims to implement these standards by conducting audits all over the country. OSHA compliance officers inspect a company without notice, to check its observance of all OSHA standards applicable to its business.
In order to be prepared, All About OSHA notes that a company must conform to the following:
- Workplace must be free from serious known hazards.
- Coincide with OSHA standards for workplace conditions.
- Tools and equipment must be maintained preceding employee use.
- Identify hazards for employees via color codes, posters, labels and signs.
- Develop/maintain safe operating procedures and train employees follow the requirements.
- Give medical examinations and online OSHA training when required by OSHA standards.
- The OSHA Poster or the state-plan equivalent must be posted at a prominent location within the workplace to inform employees of their rights and responsibilities.
- Report any fatal accident or one that results in the hospitalization of three or more employees to the nearest OSHA office within 8 hours.
- Keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses. Employees, former employees, and their representatives ought to have access to the OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300).
- Upon request, employee medical & exposure records to employees or their authorized representatives are provided.
- Identify authorized employee representatives who may be asked to accompany the OSHA compliance officer during an inspection.
- Employees who exercise their rights under the Act are not to be discriminated, harassed or fired from their job.
- Post OSHA citations at or near the work area involved until the violation has been corrected, or for three working days, whichever is longer.
- Correct violations by the deadline set in the OSHA citation and submit required verification documentation.
If you are worried on how to identify and correct current job practices, OSHA offers compliance assistance to provide information about OSHA standards throughout the country. Contact the nearest OSHA office here.