Here we are, presenting Part 2 of our 4 part series, What’s on the Fed’s Radar? This week we’re talking about OSHA compliance. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration works to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for Americans by enforcing standards and providing safety training. Sometimes those standards change and we are here to keep you updated.
Don’t forget to read Part 1 – FLSA Compliance, if you missed it.
One Important New Record Keeping Rule You Need to Know
If one of your employees is injured on the job and requires hospitalization you as the employer must contact OSHA within 24 hours of the injury, not 48 hours, and not when you become aware of the injury.
This rule went into effect January 1st, 2015.
If employer does not contact OSHA within 24 hours of the injury they may look at the situation as a willful violation with penalties upwards of $70,000. You really don’t want to see an OSHA Willful Violation.
Can Any of My Employees Use a Fire Extinguisher?
“Hey, the lawyer told us to make sure when the building is burning down, not to let the employees put out the fire as they aren’t trained on using the fire extinguisher.”
It is the employer’s responsibility to educate employees on the principles and practices of using a fire extinguisher and the hazards associated with fighting small or developing fires [29CFR 1910.157(g)(1)]
This education must be provided annually and when a new employee is first hired. [29CFR 1910.157(g)(2)]
Be prepared. Make a plan. Follow the plan.
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