Every employer must meet OSHA compliance requirements (yes, including you)
Every day, about 14 Americans fail to go home from work to their families. Tens of thousands die from workplace disease and more than 4.6 million are seriously injured on the job each year.
Since 2010, OSHA has been implementing a Severe Violator Enforcement Program and increasing civil penalty amounts
No matter whether your organization is a service company, manufacturer, medical facility, college, school, processing plant, non-profit organization, retail chain or other type of workplace, you are required to comply with federal OSHA regulations as well as state and local regulations.
Full OSHA compliance is extremely difficult to achieve without professional assistance; in fact, some OSHA regulations require a trained professional for implementation.
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- Mandatory Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Standards. OSHA standards requiring every employer to anticipate and prepare for emergencies:
- Conditional OSHA Standards. These may or may not be applicable to your worksite, depending on the presence of any type of hazardous materials.
- Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure Plan (SPCC), or “Spill Plan.” If bulk oil* is stored at your facility, you could be subject to this Environmental Protection Agency’s Oil Pollution Prevention Rule; Code of Federal Regulations, Part 112 (40 CFR 112). Even if you are not required by law to have an SPCC, you may still need a spill plan of some kind for hazardous, toxic and caustic materials.*Oil of any kind or in any form, including, but not limited to: petroleum; fuel oil; sludge; oil refuse; oil mixed with wastes other than dredged spoil; fats, oils or greases of animal, fish, or marine mammal origin; vegetable oils, including oil from seeds, nuts, fruits, or kernels; and other oils and greases, including synthetic oils and mineral oils.
- Your State Fire Safety Code
- National Standard: NFPA 1600 (available for free download as a PDF; requires creating a account) Recognized by Congress [PL108-458, §7305(a), (b)] as the national and state standard for EM, DR & BC
- Your Commercial Insurance Policy
- Your Mortgage & Credit Lines
- Premises liability
- New 2012: DHS regulations aimed at all private-sector organizations. NFPA 1600 is their standard
- New 2012: Standard & Poor’s Audit Standards (ERM). NFPA 1600 is their standard
- Foreseeable circumstances
- Failure to plan
- Failure to train
- Juries in State & Federal Court
Don’t kid yourself that OSHA will never come knocking
We hear this all the time: “OSHA will never get me. No one cares about this stuff. We have never had our emergency plan audited.”
This is naïve and dangerous. In fiscal 2015, OSHA conducted 35,820 federal inspections and 43,471 state inspections, and issued penalties up to $1.8 million.
Each year, OSHA receives 200,000 complaints
Complaints are often from employees, ex-employees, families of employees, competitors, suppliers, etc. By federal law, every complaint shall be investigated, no matter how frivolous. Employees who contact OSHA are protected by the OSHA Whistleblower Program.
One of our client CEOs received a letter from OSHA that read, “We have received a complaint that you do not have a compliant Emergency Action Plan that you have trained. Please send us your EAP and your training records for the last three years. Sincerely…” In 34 words, OSHA called them out. They had to either prove compliance or face very painful consequences.
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