Facts About OSHA and Workplace Violence

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OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) develops strategies for successful safety and health management systems. Their approach to workplace violence is one of prevention and zero-tolerance. Every business has an obligation to provide a safe work environment for their employees. OSHA regulations are in place to create a foundational understanding and criteria for workplace safety. Following OSHA regulations is critical to keeping your employees safe and your business afloat, since penalties can be costly.

The most common OSHA violations are quite simple and can be easy to avoid. One way to prevent these issues is to schedule a safety consultation. Having ‘outside eyes’ on your business checking for OSHA adherence is a fantastic way to stay one step ahead.

Most Common OSHA Violations

A safety inspection will cover OSHA violations in-depth. To help you get started now, however, take a look at the most common violations across industries:

  • Scaffolding, General
  • Fall Protection
  • Hazard Communication
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Electrical, Wiring
  • Eye Protection

Don’t let your employees be impacted by these safety issues, and keep your business on the safe side by following OSHA guidelines.

What is Considered Workplace Violence?

Workplace violence can be actual assault, verbal abuse, or threatening violence. It can occur in or outside of the workplace as well. Data shows that around 2 million Americans have been subjects of violence in the workplace. There is no way to say who will commit this crime or who their chosen victims are but it can happen any place at any time. Those with increased risk are people who handle money, work during late night or early morning hours, have contact with the public, or work in high-crime areas.

Be Aware of Updated OSHA Penalties

OSHA recently updated penalties for 2020, which are listed here.

It’s important to realize that any business can make a mistake, but OSHA regulations must be adhered to, as they are a critical aspect of industry and training.

  • For serious violations, including posting requirements or a failure to abate, the penalty fine can be up to $13,494.

  • For willful or repeated violations, the penalty fine can be $134,937.

Some companies would have to go entirely out of business to cover these penalties. OSHA regulations are intentional and meant for all who they apply to.

How Employers Can Help

OSHA recommends that businesses adopt a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to the workplace by or towards their employees. A prevention program and safety techniques can also help prepare employees to react to an escalating situation. Protections should include:

  • Security such as video surveillance, extra lighting, and alarm systems
  • Limits to the amount of cash on hand
  • Encourage employees to keep contact aware of their location

To protect themselves employees can:

  • Learn to recognize and diffuse violent situations
  • Alert supervisors or security to situational concerns
  • Avoid traveling alone

A Workplace Violence Program

Keeping business protocols up to date with a workplace violence program will keep your company in line with OSHA guidelines. OSHA offers free publications, safety and health program tools, as well as training and education. The more prepared you are for dangerous situations, the more comfortable your employees will feel.

Are you looking to make your Boise business OSHA compliant? We can help! Call us today to learn more about employing comprehensive safety training.

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