Worker safety is one of the top priorities for OSHA and other regulators for warehouses and factories. Creating safe spaces is a crucial part of keeping workers safe. Ensuring that air quality is up to OSHA standards, for example, is a large part of any warehouse safety effort.
Training is also a large component of keeping workers safe. Not only do workers need a safe environment to work in, but they also need to know what to do in case of emergency and how to prevent emergencies from occurring in the first place.
Most of these safety measures are only effective if you have preventative safety policies in place. Effective training and prevention programs help your workers avoid danger in the workplace, and help you avoid serious violations and large fines by regulatory bodies like OSHA. What are some of the preventative safety policies that OSHA looks for in an effective, safe workplace?
OSHA’s Recommended Practices
OSHA recently updated its Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs to better reflect modern workplaces, changes in the economy, and new health and safety issues. The new guidelines are based on seven core elements:
- Management Leadership: Focus on making worker safety and health an integral organizational value.
- Worker Participation: Workers must understand they have the most to gain from a successful preventative safety program and the most to lose if it fails.
- Hazard Identification and Assessment: Create a proactive and ongoing hazard identification and assessment process.
- Hazard Prevention and Control: Develop effective ways to protect workers from unavoidable workplace hazards.
- Education and Training: Give workers and supervisors a better understanding of the health and safety program as a whole.
- Program Evaluation and Improvement: After an initial evaluation of the safety program’s implementation, employers should check on its effectiveness periodically.
- Communication and Coordination for Host Employers, Contractors, and Staffing Agencies: Make sure everyone who works on your floor is aware of the safety regulations in place.
Many companies use OSHA’s Guidelines to help build their safety and health programs, but there are times when that’s not enough. OSHA and other regulatory bodies at the federal and state level treat all workplaces the same. That is, they don’t make exceptions for small or medium-sized businesses when they violate their worker safety standards.
It makes sense then, for many manufacturers and other warehouse operators to consult with outside worker safety experts, and that’s where Berg Compliance Services comes in. Berg helps companies develop their preventative safety programs to keep serious injuries from happening. Smaller businesses often don’t have the manpower to maintain OSHA safety standards at all times. Berg provides the focus on these regulations so you can rest easy knowing that your factory or warehouse is safe and free from any OSHA violations.
Another route some smaller companies go is hiring a full-time safety manager. Berg offers safety services at about 75% of the cost. You can avoid a six-figure fine and effectively manage your worker safety program for less. Contact Berg Compliance Services today to find out how we can help you.