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    Safety Requirements for
    Business Owners
    Before opening up a business, business owners must comply with government safety regulations

Providing a safe Work Environment

Employers are legally required to provide a safe work environment for their employees. Laws involving premises liability also go a step further to require safety measures in place to protect independent contractors, customers, and visitors. Believe it or not, even trespassers have rights when they enter your property. This article, however, will focus on the safety requirements for business owners under OSHA law.

  • What Is OSHA?
    Government Job Safety Regulatory Agency

    OSHA is the abbreviated form of the Occupational Safety and Hazard Act, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which enforces OSHA laws. This can be confusing for some business owners, but the important thing to remember is that OSHA puts standards in place to ensure workplace safety. It is also well to note that as an agency, OSHA operates as an arm of the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Who Must Comply with OSHA?
    All businesses Need a Safety Plan

    Small businesses with less than 10 workers are usually exempt from following OSHA requirements. However, other businesses in the private sector must comply. It’s also important to note the people protected by OSHA. This generally includes all employees, partners, stockholders, and even hired family members. However, independent workers and family members working on farms are not protected under OSHA.

  • Meeting OSHA Requirements
    A Safety Checklist Help with Compliance

    The best way to meet OSHA’s requirements is to plan ahead and keep proper documentation. Some of the bare minimums you should have in place include clear information regarding hazardous materials, first aid provisions, fire safety plans, emergency plans and accurate recordkeeping. While not a requirement, some business owners will consult with an on the job injury lawyer to learn about accident trends.

High Risk Industry Regulations

Some industries may also need to follow special regulations from OSHA. These industries typically include maritime, construction, agriculture, and longshoring, due to high injury and fatality rates. If you believe your business may fall into one of these special categories, or you just have questions about your OSHA requirements, OSHA does provide free confidential advice to small businesses to help keep you in compliance.

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