Term of the Week: OSHA

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OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is an agency within the U.S. Department of Labor that's committed to ensuring every working person is within safe and healthy working conditions. 

The agency inspects and penalizes companies that do not provide this environment. A visit from an OSHA official is like being selected for jury duty. You never know when it’ll be your turn. When OSHA closely monitors the source employer of workers’ compensation claims, it knows exactly where it needs to go and what to look for at businesses in those industries. 

Try these efforts to avoid any working-condition issues:

  • Demonstrate your commitment to health and safety by involving employees in safety planning and initiatives. This can happen by way of meetings to discuss policies and objectives. 
  • Keep your list of rules and practices short so you can remember, repeat, and reemphasize them when needed. 
  • Give those with responsibility enough people, on-the-clock time, training, resources, and authority to get the job done safely and correctly. Rushing through processes is the No. 1 cause of accidents.
  • Start a cleaning campaign to rid trash and debris. Poor housekeeping is a major contributor to low morale and sloppy work.
  • Exercise good recordkeeping. Complete OSHA Form No. 300 or 300A for every injury or illness that requires medical treatment other than basic first aid. Additionally, prepare the proper follow-up reports and an annual summary. Keep this next to the OSHA Workplace Poster for safe keeping.

Source: Vince DiCecco

For more information on OSHA, and preventative measures, check out DiCecco's full-length article in the most recent issue of Printwear