A greater degree of transparency is the goal of a new initiative on behalf of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. By putting information about workplace accidents onto the public record, the details of citations and fines can allow consumers to understand the business ethics that certain companies may be lacking. Implementing an accident prevention plan and providing employees with personal protective equipment is one way that a business' internal investment can lead to a safer working environment. Companies that choose not to do so risk damaging local communities, their employees as well as consumers as safety violations can compromise quality assurance. In order to alleviate the impact that this lack of compliance to regulatory standards can have, OSHA hopes to improve the standards at which companies operate.
New regulations on behalf of OSHA aim to lessen incidences of workplace accidents. Regulatory compliance can be a difficult task for businesses that don't structure themselves internally with compliance management systems. As a part of thorough risk management, this tool can keep track of important information like employee training certificates, scheduled maintenance and inventory of personal protection equipment. Stringently investigating work sites is another way in which proper documentation pertaining to potential risks can be recorded in databases to ensure that the appropriate measures are taken to meet OSHA standards.
One of OSHA's newest regulations requires employers to report any injury that requires their staff members to seek immediate medical care. Any extended hospital stay must be documented according to this new rule. Injuries that maim must also be reported under the safety standard. The administration stressed the importance of employee awareness. Allowing a greater degree of transparency leads to empowered employees who understand their rights of being able to report any workplace safety violations on behalf of themselves. That initiative aims to keep employers from sweeping details under the rug that obfuscate the truth about their safe work practices. With this degree of transparency, implemented workplace safety policies are imperative to avoiding costly fines or citations.
Dr. David Michaels, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health who is in charge of OSHA, spoke to the reasons behind regulations that emphasize greater transparency and employee understanding.
"We think we're only getting a very small portion of the accidents that should be reported. We're getting a small percentage, well less than half. We know that from numerous studies that have been done," he said.
Taking initiative to educate employees about workplace safety isn't something limited to regulatory authorities such as OSHA. Workplace training programs are an invaluable resource when it comes to building a foundation that safe work practices can be built upon. By taking these initiatives, a company can improve its staff's ability to perform their responsibilities in a manner that is conducive to their well-being. Teaching employees how to use personal protection equipment is one way that these courses can improve safe working behaviors. Companies can request to enroll their staff in OSHA safety programs that are designed to achieve this goal.
Another component of workforce training is showing staff how to identify immediate hazards. By doing so, these risks can be brought to the attention of supervisors who can report them in accordance with regulations. Improving the ability of different workers to interact in the collective interest of workplace safety allows a company to meet compliance standards.
The professionals at Safety Advantage LLC understand what it takes to achieve regulatory compliance. Utilizing our resources can cover every aspect of a company's workplace safety needs so no violations will lead to injuries that may garner costly fines. Safety consultants can help install a compliance management system to meet the ever-changing landscape of workplace safety law.