Every workplace is unique, requiring distinct and challenging tactics to keep employees safe. While focusing on details is crucial to keeping up with nuanced job sites, there are a few universal considerations all general industry employers must keep in mind. In this post, we identify five essential OSHA guidelines that apply to a majority of general industry work sites.
This standard keeps both employers and employees informed about hazardous chemicals in the workplace and how best to protect themselves. One cornerstone of the standard is the written Hazard Communication Program, which employers must prepare and implement if their employees may be exposed to hazardous chemicals at the job.
Emergency Action Plan
Employers are responsible to teach their workers how to handle emergencies before they arise. Typically, firms with more than 10 employees must have a written emergency action plan, while smaller companies may communicate their plans orally.
Employers must educate workers about fire hazards in the workplace and equip with them with the knowledge and skills to deal with a fire emergency. This information should be as specific as possible, including evacuation plans and, when appropriate, training on how to safely operate firefighting equipment.
Slips, trips and falls are responsible for the majority of general industry accidents. OSHA's standards for keeping walking and working surfaces safe apply to almost all permanent places of employment, except where only domestic, mining or agricultural work is performed.
Medical and First Aid
OSHA requires employers to provide medical and first-aid personnel and supplies in accordance with the specific hazards of a workplace. While the details of a workplace medical and first-aid program are dependent on the distinct circumstances of each workplace and employer, you can read the general standards here.
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