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Here at Safeway Industrial, we sometimes work in dangerous and hazardous conditions. So it’s important to both Safeway Industrial and to our customers that all OSHA requirements are met … and exceeded when possible. This protects both of us. And we strive to stay up-to-date on the latest OSHA requirements.
This month we want to share a few of the latest OSHA requirements that took effect this year.
As of January 1, 2015, OSHA began requiring employers to report all work related injuries within (8) hours of occurrence. Work-related inpatient hospitalizations, loss of eyes or amputations must now be reported within (24) hours. The old rule required employers to reported work-related fatalities or hospitalizations only if three or more employees were killed or injured in the same incident. In addition, a new record keeping regulation requires companies with (11) or more employees to maintain records of serious work related injuries and illnesses using a new program called the OSHA 300 Log.
We strive to protect ourselves and our customers anytime we are working on a job dealing with hazardous materials. And we work toward educating our customers. It’s important to have a good understanding of all safety related issues, including how to report injuries in the workplace.
The responsibility of reporting an injury or other job related fatality varies depending on the company. For most companies, it will be the owner or the manager. But employees at all levels should be trained on OSHA reporting requirements.
Good record keeping of incidents is another area that should not be ignored. Make sure you have a system in place for documenting work related injuries and fatalities. This includes minor injuries. Document everything step-by-step from the time the injury occurred to present.
Everyone should have access to a safe work environment. We take this very seriously and feel we have a moral obligation to our employees and to our customers to provide it. We want everyone to leave the job site safe without any injuries.
Visit the OSHA website at www.osha.gov to learn more.