Even though surprise OSHA inspections are rare, contractors should always be prepared if and when a government compliance officer knocks at the door. From assigning team responsibilities to performing internal audits, these five tips can help you ace an unexpected inspection. Read more
If you run a contracting business, you have the responsibility to provide a safe environment for your workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that you follow a list of regulations that aim to reduce worker injury and death. Since there is a high cost for failing to achieve OSHA compliance, every contractor needs to know the basics of current Federal regulations. Read more
If you’re an employee who notices a significant safety hazard that your employer ignores, you can make a formal complaint to the Occupational Safety and Health Commission. The U.S. Department of Labor has a system in place that makes reporting OSHA violations simple and protects you against reprisal from your employer. However, if you’re an employer, don’t worry about inaccurate complaints, because OSHA still investigates every report for accuracy. Read more
Falls are the leading cause of workplace deaths — but they don’t have to be. OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign lays out three simple steps that you and your workers can use to save lives and prevent injuries.
Those three steps are: better planning, providing and using the right equipment, and better training on fall prevention. Read more