OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is responsible for workplace safety regulations. Its mission is to make sure that employers provide safe and healthy working conditions for working men and women by developing and enforcing standards and “by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.” Employers are required to report all severe work-related injuries (fractures, deaths, etc.) to OSHA. Violations can leave employers with fines of up to millions of dollars!

OSHA released the top ten most cited violations of 2018, and it is as follows:

  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Scaffolding – General Requirements
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout
  6. Ladders
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements
  9. Machine Guarding – General Requirement
  10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection

According to California state law, a written, effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) is required for every California employer. Companies that fail to have a safety and prevention plan, or lack employee safety training are likely to face high penalties from OSHA.

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Having a safety management system can not only protect employees’ health and their lives, but they can also help save on workers’ compensation premiums.

There are several workers’ compensation insurance companies that provide loss control inspection in which employers can participate in safety training programs and preventive inspections hosted by these insurance companies to obtain discounts on workers’ compensation. A work injury claim is something you won’t want to deal with because it just means a lot of headache and a lot of money!

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