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OSHA’s Workplace Requirements

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a woman at work checking something on a tabletSince 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ensured the safety of workers across the country. Although the office has been around for almost 50 years, many workplaces still fail to meet basic workplace safety measures. To help workers understand and identify safety hazards in the workplace, we’ve put together this list of OSHA workplace requirements.

Before Working

OSHA requires workplace training for potentially hazardous jobs. Whenever a new worker is introduced, or a new process is put into practice, employers must hold a training where they describe the new procedures and safety instructions in a language that all workers can understand. They must also provide medical training and examinations.

When a process involves hazardous materials or dangerous machinery, the employer must educate workers on safe handling procedures before sending them to work. If there are chemicals present in the workplace, the employer must provide written notice naming the chemicals and identifying the risks of exposure.

Around the Workplace

Once on-site, workers should take a moment to identify OSHA informational posters. Employers are required to have these posted in prominent and accessible places around the job site.

The workplace must identify workplace hazards with posters, signs, labels, or color codes. If a workplace doesn’t have signs advising about these hazards, the employer significantly increases the risk of a serious accident and is in violation of OSHA standards.

Maintaining Standards

Once a workplace is up and running, the employer must take steps to ensure proper maintenance and OSHA standards. Employers are required to perform regular workplace inspections to ensure compliance. Obvious, recognized hazards must be reported and fixed immediately.

Tools and equipment must be adequately maintained and inspected, as well. The more moving parts a machine has, the more likely it is to cause a severe injury. That’s why it’s crucial to ensure the maintenance of factory machinery and on-site equipment like chainsaws and drills. Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to be proactive in preventing serious workplace accidents.

If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries or even wrongful death in a workplace accident, we can help. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Indianapolis attorney from Wagner Reese to evaluate your case, please call us at (888) 204-8440.

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