How To Conduct Internal Safety Audits
Here are 5 steps for a OSHA compliant workplace and staff trained with their OSHA Certification. There are many resources available to maintain your OSHA standing and many online classes offered that teach OSHA Small Business Compliance .
Step 1: Research what OSHA requirements apply to your workplace and industry
Some OSHA standards apply to just about everyone. Emergency action plan standards, hazard communication standards, fire prevention and safety plans and First Aid/medical treatment are required in nearly every workplace.
Your workplace may require some specific standards or plans as well. If your employees deal with machines you need to meet machine guarding or Lockout/Tagout requirements. Electric safety, blood-borne pathogen standards, noise restrictions, even confined space standards and others are all work place associated standards and requirement you may be responsible for. Many resources are available to help determine if these standards apply to your workplace.
Step 2: Assess your workplace for additional hazards
Next it is important to survey your workplace for hazards you may have missed. Checklists are a good way to inspect and assess your situation. Online tools are also available to help your awareness of possible dangers. OSHA posts Safety and Health bulletins that can be helpful in determining if there are other hazards.
Step 3: Create a Complete Workplace Health and Safety program
Although not specifically required by OSHA, having a comprehensive plan for the safety and health of your employees will help prevent injuries received while at work and keep your workplace running safely up to OSHA standards. Preventing injury or illness in the workplace will save you money as well as increase the safety of your employees.
Step 4: Train your Employees
There are many ways for an employee to get an OSHA certification. Online OSHA 10 – Hour General Industry courses covers the primary mandated topics as well as many that pertain to your specific workplace.
Step 5: Reporting, Recording and Posting Important Information
Keeping workplace records is critical. Unless your company is exempt, it is required by OSHA to keep records of any illnesses or injury employees received at the workplace. It is also important that all employers report deaths or hospitalizations related to the workplace. Visibly displaying the OSHA poster is also required.
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7 benefits any employer can recognize easily in receiving OSHA training and certification are:
- Meeting state and federally regulated requirements
- Having the latest research and information available to create a safe work environment
- Being familiar with the forms and documentation necessary for OSHA investigations and inspections
- Making employees feel safety is their company's priority
- Being able to meet a complaint with confidence
- Saving the company money in both production losses and worker injuries
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