Why is OSHA important to your business?

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1. Why is OSHA important for your business? OSHA plays a key role in making your facility a safe and healthy place to work. Beyond providing the tools and guidance to work towards a workplace free from injuries and illnesses, OSHA is important to identify businesses that are not committed to safety. Employers who do not carefully follow OSHA regulations often face fines of hundreds of thousands, if not millions.

2. What are the rights of the employees? With respect to OSHA regulations, employees have the right, among other actions, to: • Review OSHA standards, regulations and requirements provided by the employer • Request information from the employer about emergency procedures. • Receive adequate safety and health training required by OSHA on toxic substances and emergency action plans. • Ask the OSHA area director to investigate dangerous conditions or violations of standards in the workplace. • Have your name withheld from the employer when you file a complaint with OSHA • Know what actions OSHA took as a result of the employee's complaint and make an informal review of any decision not to inspect or issue a subpoena. • Have an employee representative accompany the OSHA compliance officer during inspections. • Observe the monitoring and measurement of toxic substances or harmful physical agents and review related records (including medical records) • Review the record of work-related injuries and illnesses (OSHA form 300), if applicable, at a reasonable time • Request a closing discussion after an inspection • Object a set appointment reduction period • Look for safe and healthy working conditions without retaliation from your employer

3. What is it? OSHA is the acronym for "Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor. OSHA's responsibility is the protection of the health and safety of workers.

4. What does OSHA do? This body establishes and imposes protective standards throughout the country and reaches employers and workers through technical assistance and advisory programs. It is recognized and consulted internationally by the Norms on the Prevention of Occupational Risks. President Richard Nixon, determined to do something in relation to the high number of deaths and injuries suffered by workers in their workplaces.

4.1. How does OSHA contribute to occupational safety and health? The main objective of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to carry out the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which Congress originally approved in 1970. OSHA contributes to occupational safety and health through the promulgation of standards that convey this ideal. Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CF), Parts 1902 - 1990, contains all OSHA standards. State programs are at least as strict and sometimes more than federal standards. This guarantees a minimum occupational health and safety standard that all employers must follow to protect employees.

4.2. Are all employees covered by the OSH Act? The OSH Act covers all employees, except public employees in state and local governments and those who are self-employed. Public employees in state and local governments are covered by your state's OSHA approved plan, if applicable.


5.1. What are your responsibilities as an employer? If you are an employer covered by the OSH Act, you must provide your employees with jobs and a workplace free of recognized hazards that are causing, or may cause, death or serious physical injury. You must also comply with OSHA legal requirements, standards and regulations that require that: • Provide well-maintained tools and equipment, including appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) • Provide medical assistance and guidance to employees who suffer injuries / illnesses in the workplace. • Provide the required OSHA training • Report accidents that result in OSHA deaths within eight hours • Report accidents that result in the hospitalization of three or more employees to OSHA within eight hours • Keep records of accidents at work, injuries, illnesses and their causes. • Publish annual summaries of injuries / illnesses during the required period of time

5.2. What are your rights as an employer? When working with OSHA, you can do the following: • Request identification of OSHA compliance officers • Request an inspection order • Receive an inspection reason from compliance officers. • Accompany compliance officers in inspections. • Request an informal conference after an inspection. • Submit a contest notice to the proposed appointments or penalties • Request a variation of the requirements of a standard under certain circumstances • Be assured of the confidentiality of trade secrets. • Send a written request to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for information on potentially toxic substances in your workplace


6.1. What are the responsibilities of the employees? All employees are required to help prevent exposure to health and safety risks in the workplace by becoming familiar and complying with all applicable OSHA requirements.

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