Now hear this: Don’t believe the rumor that if you have less than a certain number of employees you are exempt from OSHA laws. That is FALSE DATA. Just ask your workers compensation provider, they will tell you. Any reputable insurer will educate you on the subject, or you can read it for yourself at www.osha.gov.
If you are operating a company you fall under the watchful eye of OSHA. But there is no need to fear this organization, knowledge is power and they will help you learn. You can get an audit from OSHA for free, without danger of penalty, to make sure you are operating within the law. Although you must make the changes they suggest, plenty of time will be allotted.
A trained OSHA consultant will come to your place of business, advise you of any changes you should make, and acknowledge what you are doing right. You will be amazed at what you learn, so ask lots of questions. It makes sense to prepare a written list of questions you and others may have, and to invite other staff members to take part in this audit as well. The consultant will suggest resources, and may even leave pamphlets and information to help guide you in the future.
This is an important investment in your business and personnel. Let your commercial business insurance carrier and worker’s compensation carrier know that this audit has been performed and complied to, and some may even give you a discount. This is a vital part of any Safety Program, and another piece of The Business Continuity Plan.
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Patricia Burkhart is the executive director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com (800) 766-9057.