There are six general safety standards that all employers must meet as set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In addition, more specific standards apply to different industries and job functions.
OSHA requires employers to take workplace safety seriously. Employers must provide a safe working environment for their employees, including having systems in place to prevent employees from falling off elevated locations, and if a fall does occur, the equipment must minimize injury.
Employers must provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for their employees at no cost to the employee. Employer may not retaliate against an employee who raises a safety concern or reports an accident.
Many of the most common workplace risk factors are covered by federal and state laws. These include indoor air quality, hazardous materials handling, noise levels, ergonomics and fall protection.
There are many reasons to install and use the correct safety system in the workplace. Some of the most important reasons are that it keeps employees safe and productive, it improves business success, and it helps to avoid litigation and insurance costs.
From a financial perspective it makes perfect sense to ensure all workplaces meet legal standards. A company that does not provide safe working conditions is likely to incur additional costs through workers’ compensation claims, insurance premiums and litigation. In short, making safety a priority protects both employees and employers.
The effects of accidents on the victim and their family cannot be overstated. If an accident causes death or injury, it can change lives forever. Even if it does not cause serious harm, the impact on quality of life is significant enough for many people to give up working altogether. An effective safety system ensures that everyone goes home safely at the end of their shift.
Building and maintaining safe work practices is one of the most important ways to meet OSHA, CSA Standards. The consequences of not doing so are serious both for employers, employees, and their customers. An effective solution can save lives by minimizing accidents through risk assessments conducted to identify potential hazards before they cause an accident.
The installation of appropriate systems, including engineering controls, personal protective equipment, and safe work practices, can help protect workers from potential injuries.
In conclusion, workplace safety is a critical issue for both employees and employers. By implementing effective safety systems, we can help to protect everyone from the risk of accidents and injuries.