Issues that Impact Your WorkforceGeneral issues for every business should be addressed consistently and refreshed as necessary. Consider safety discussions regarding appropriate incident/accident investigation, alcohol and drugs on the job (and off the job, if necessary), workplace violence and harassment, general first aid and CPR, fire safety and evacuation procedures, worker fatigue, and mental health needs. Every employee, not just managers, needs to be trained on these topics and understand the protocols and procedures for your business.
OSHA ComplianceOSHA is crystal clear on what they expect from businesses and what they will cite on. It’s important you know and understand what you need to be complaint with. You also need your employees to know these items. OSHA’s top 10 violations over the last four years are:
- Fall protection – General requirements, construction
- Respiratory protection – General industry
- Ladders – Construction
- Hazard communication – General industry
- Scaffolding – Construction
- Fall protection – Training requirements, construction
- Control of hazardous energy (Lockout/tagout) – General industry
- PPE – Eye and face protection – Construction
- Powered industrial trucks – General industry
- Machinery and machine guarding – General industry
This topic includes your business’s impact on the environment and the impact the environment has on your employees while working. Your training topics may include heat illness or stress in high-impact jobs, seasonal safety such as excessive heat or extreme cold, driving safety in rainy or snowy conditions, chemical spills or leaks, and hazardous waste management. The EPA has a lot of requirements for companies to comply with in regard to handling hazardous waste. Employees need to know these requirements. Chemical spills should be prevented at all costs, but employees also need to know how to quickly, yet safely, address an emergency spill.