Usually OSHA is associated with regulations and fines, but what some too often forget is that the “S” in OSHA stands for safety. The standards are in place to keep employees safe and healthy on the job, and the fines are issued as a penalty when workplaces don’t meet these standards.
The point is that OSHA’s regulations aren’t arbitrary rules; they’re safety measures backed by ongoing research to reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the workplace. They provide tons of resources for employees and employers alike to help them better understand the standards and create a safer environment.
Here are just a handful of the top workplace safety tips recommended by OSHA for employers:
Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards.
Make sure employees have and use safe, and properly maintained, tools and equipment.
Use color codes, posters, labels or signs to warn employees of potential hazards.
Update operating procedures and communicate them so that employees follow safety and health requirements.
Employers must provide safety training in a language and vocabulary workers can understand.
Correct cited violations.
Adopt an Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
Safety is not one person’s job; it takes the whole team. Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace and equipment, setting standards in the workplace, and communicating and enforcing these standards. Employees are responsible for following the standards and making smart decisions for themselves and their coworkers.
It all comes down to teamwork and communication. Everyone has to work together to maintain a safe environment, and everyone has to be on the same page.