The Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces and establishes various regulations to protect workers and create healthy and safe workplaces. Unless your state follows its own specific safety plans, all workplaces and employees must comply with OSHA or face fines and other penalties. In order to gain OSHA compliance, workers and job sites need to complete three major steps: training, certification, and evaluation.
Training covers the set health and safety regulations in place and provides employees with tips and best practices to optimize their safety and health at work. Following training comes certification, which plays an important part in the evaluation. As certifications process, OSHA inspectors get notified that they need to conduct an inspection. During those evaluations, certifications get checked as they scout out for other implemented health and safety standards or hazards, keeping you compliant with the department of labor’s standards. Before undergoing an official OSHA evaluation, a self-inspection prepares you for the big assessment and ensures your workplace is implementing proper protocols. Here is what to look for while conducting an OSHA self-inspection.
Physical hazards cover numerous health and safety flags listed by OSHA. They endanger employees, putting them at risk of a range of possible physical injuries and ailments. Physical hazards come in various forms but are easier to look out for than most other types of health and safety dangers. Some of the biggest hazards to look out for include:
Leaks and cracks
Blocked safety passageways
Poorly maintained equipment
Lack of equipment safety guards
Most physical dangers tie to property management and maintenance. Keeping your workspace upgraded and well-maintained minimizes the occurrence of physical hazards and injuries.
Like physical dangers, health threats come in numerous forms. They differ per job site, varying depending on the different exposures a job creates. Healthcare practices face the most health risks, including possible exposure to bloodborne diseases and increased spread of germs and infections. Conducting a self-inspection is one of the many ways healthcare businesses maximize their compliance. It further allows medical offices to make a helpful OSHA checklist to optimize workplace health and safety. During your self-inspection, evaluate your workplace’s cleanliness, sanitary precautions, and other illness prevention practices to best prepare you for the OSHA assessment.
Along with checking for hazards and potential risks, OSHA evaluations assess your preventative measures. As part of OSHA’s goal to establish and encourage safer and healthier workplaces, it sets standards for a wide range of preventative precautions. Key safety prevention implementations to look out for include:
Updated and functioning alarm systems
First aid kit
Hazard labels and warning signs
Implementation of safety gear
Emergency exit plans
Ensuring your workplace’s safety precautions are in place and available doesn’t just ensure you’ll pass your evaluation. It also ensures you stay prepared and prioritize your workers’ well-being.
Knowing what to look for when conducting your OSHA self-inspections better prepares you for the governmental assessment. It gives you an insight into your business’s success at implementing standards and allows you to find risks or compliance failures and fix them promptly. Keep your worksite safe and OSHA compliant with a self-evaluation.