OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) is committed to strong, fair, and effective enforcement of safety and health requirements in the workplace. OSHA inspectors, called compliance safety and health officers, are experienced, well-trained industrial hygienists and safety professionals whose goal is to assure compliance with OSHA requirements and help employers and workers reduce on-the-job hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses, and deaths in the workplace. Normally, OSHA conducts inspections without advance notice. Employers have the right to require compliance officers to obtain an inspection warrant before entering the worksite.
Since inspections are without advance notice, facilities should 7/24 ready and compliant with Health and Safety requirements. Best way to achieve this is to make it a continuous internal control issue with recurring processes and controls. However it will increase the workload and cause defferrals to your ongoing business - with standard methods like hard copy documents and spreadsheets. Instead you can
- Use online self-assessment checklists via your mobile
- Take photos of improper stuations
- Create corrective actions
- Assign to these to your team members with deadlines
- Control the control points and actions to be completed on time
- Present these logs to auditors / inspectors when required
With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. OSHA has jurisdiction over approximately 7 million worksites.
1. Imminent danger situations
Hazards that could cause death or serious physical harm receive top priority. Compliance officers will ask employers to correct these hazards immediately or remove endangered employees. Even during the officers' inspections you can create corrective actions and assignt to these your team members with deadlines, detailed description, sub-checklists and attachments - with Wremia Project Management.
2. Severe injuries and illnesses
Employers must report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all work-related inpatient hospitalizations, amputations, or losses of an eye within 24 hours.
- PPE compliance and
- Record keeping is an essential process in this manner.
3. Worker Complaints
Allegations of hazards or violations also receive a high priority. Employees may request anonymity when they file complaints.
Referals of hazards from other federal, state or local agencies, individuals, organizations or the media receive consideration for inspection.
5. Targeted inspections
Inspections aimed at specific high-hazard industries or individual workplaces that have experienced high rates of injuries and illnesses also receive priority.
6. Follow-up inspections
Checks for abatement of violations cited during previous inspections are also conducted by the agency in certain circumstances.
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OSHA Rights and Responsbilities
- Comply with all relevant OSHA health and safety (H&S) principles
- Find and take correct actions for health and safety hazards
- Inform employees about chemical hazards through training, labels, alarms, color-coded systems, chemical information sheets etc.
- Notify OSHA within 8 hours of a workplace fatality or within 24 hours of any work-related inpatient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye
- Provide required personal protective equipment (PPE) at no cost to workers. Please see PPE compliance checklist and discuss appropriateness of the checklist to your busineess with your H&S advisor.
- Keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses
- Post OSHA citations, injury and illness summary data, and the OSHA Job Safety and Health
- Not retaliate against any worker for using their rights under the law
Employees have the right to:
- Work under conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
- Receive information and training (in a language workers can understand) about chemical and other hazards, methods to prevent harm, and other OSHA standards that apply to their workplace
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses
- Get copies of test results done to find and measure hazards in the workplace.
- File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA rules.
- Use their rights under the law without retaliation.
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