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Intro to OSHA: What is OSHA?

September 24, 2021

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What is OSHA?

OSHA is an acronym for Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It is part of the U.S. Department of Labor and is effective throughout all 50 states. Their mission is to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance. Through their standards, there is a decrease in misuse of equipment, injury, and fatality.

Why do we need OSHA?

Since the creation of OSHA, there has been a drastic improvement in workplace fatalities. When OSHA was founded in the 1970s, there were on average 38 employee deaths each day. Nowadays, the average employee death is 14 employees each day.

Four OSHA Standards Classifications

There are four classifications with specific standards for OSHA and are as follows: general industry, construction, maritime, and agriculture. These standards help protect employees from dangers and hazards in the workplace.

When a company or workplace is inspected by OSHA, they either meet standards and regulations, or are in violation. There are seven different types of violations that OSHA issues penalties and they are as follows: serious, other-than-serious, willful, repeated, failure to abate, posting violation, and falsifying information. Based upon the violation there will be fines.

Recently, OSHA cited the Foundation Food Group. Since the beginning of 2021, six employees have died, and others were injured due to an ammonia leak. There were over 20 safety and health violations at their facility. OSHA fined Foundation Food Group $154,674 in penalties for those violations.

OSHA’s sole purpose is to keep your workplace safe. By being compliant with OSHA’s standards, you will avoid any penalties and allow you and other employees to work safely.

These are several OSHA standards for your workplace. To learn more, check out Hard Hat Training Series and most of all to become certified and be safe in your workplace.

Good luck and stay safe!

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