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Are You OSHA Compliant or at Risk of Fines?

Posted by Thelma Marshall on May 23, 2017 3:00:00 AM

OSHA shook things up this year, requiring mandatory electronic reporting of all injuries and accidents — and adding a bit of public shaming by publishing any safety infractions for all to see. industrial-1636393_640.jpg

Essentially, your company’s safety record has become public information. So, being OSHA compliant is more important — and stressful — than ever before. The question is, are you compliant or at risk?

Questions to consider:

  • What are my responsibilities as an employer?
  • What happens if OSHA inspects my workplace?
  • How do I comply with OSHA's injury and illness recordkeeping, reporting and poster requirements?
  • How can Igo beyond compliance and improve my bottom line?
  • Where can I get information on safety and health training for my workers?

A checklist to support OSHA compliance

Employers have an obligation to provide a safe workplace for all employees, free from serious hazards and compliant with OSHA rules and regulations. Using a simple checklist to ensure top requirements are met can save you in fines and public scrutiny.

Do you have:
  • Safe workplace conditions? The most cited violation on OSHA’s 2016 Top 10 Violations for the past 6 years is “Fall Protection,” with a total of 6,906 violations. Fall protection is designed to protect employees on walking/working surfaces.
  • Continuously maintained tools and equipment? Lockout/tag-out ranked 5th with 3,406 violations. Forklifts ranked 6th, including deficits in maintenance and operational safety. Regular, documented maintenance schedules are a must. Monitoring operator behavior and addressing bad habits is required.
  • Proper labeling and signage to warn about hazardous areas and material? A total of 5,665 of these violations were cited by OSHA in 2016.
  • Up-to-date certifications and retraining? Drivers must be certified to operate the lift-truck they are operating, retrained after any violation or impact, and evaluated and retrained at least once every three years. Telematics software ensures operators are trained and disables vehicles if the operator is not certified.

Simplify compliance

Your to-do list gets much easier to check off with telematic monitoring, analysis and detailed reports regarding fleet vehicles and driver behavior. Safety software, like TotalTrax SX200, can also:

  • Fulfill or exceed applicable regulatory requirements
  • Complete regulatory reporting quickly
  • Provide detailed and summary reports
  • Allow for quick comparison of data over time
  • Give easy access at corporate or facility level
  • Allow for electronic submission of recordkeeping reports to OSHA

It is important to monitor and document exactly how your organization meets safety compliance with OSHA rules, local laws and regulations. Today’s telematics systems can address your safety checklists, tackling issues before they become a violation or, even worse, an accident.

Topics: OSHA compliance, forklift accidents, OSHA checklists, advanced telematics, proactive warehouse solutions

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