What does it mean to be OSHA compliant?

Being compliant with OSHA means to adhere to all applicable regulations that have been developed. The following is a list of standards that must be followed by employers in order to keep the workplace safe and reduce the number of illnesses/injuries of workers. These standards are pertinent to most private sector employers as well as some public sector employers.

  • Perhaps the most important: an employer must provide a workplace that is free from serious hazards as recognized by OSHA and effective comply with standards, rules, and regulations that the OSH Act has issued.
  • Provide workers with PPE (at no cost to the worker) that fits and offers appropriate protection.
  • Use color codes, safety signs, labels, and posters, to alert workers of potential hazards.
  • Have tools and equipment in the facility that are safe and properly maintained.
  • Post the OSHA poster in a prominent area within the workplace to ensure workers understand their rights to safe workplace.
  • Under whistleblower protections, employers cannot retaliate, punish, or discriminate against employees who file complaints.
  • Following an inspection with a compliance officer, employers must remedy the violations found in a timely manner.
  • When citations are issued from inspectors, these citations must be posted at or around the area that is in violation.
  • Employees have the right to access the Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.
  • Safety training must be provided in a language and vocabulary that employees can understand.
  • Develop, implement, and establish operating procedures and effectively communicate the requirements to workers.

It is important to research and comply with the standards related to PPE, safety signs, hazard communication. A few examples of adhering to these regulations following color codes OSHA has set, using the hazard symbols approved by OSHA, and purchasing PPE that has been tested for protection, just to name a few.

While not an OSHA requirement, the agency does encourage employers to adopt and implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program. These programs can greatly reduce the number and severity of injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

 

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