Thursday, February 20, 2014

An OSHA Primer for the Employee and Employer

Enterprises TV decided to take a look at what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does for both employees and employers.

The Federal OSHA agency is small. It employs only 2,200 inspectors who are tasked with looking after the safety and health of more than 130 million workers in 8 million worksites across the U.S. The agency has 10 regional offices and 90 local offices.

In Fiscal Year 2013, they conducted 39,228 Federal inspections and 50,436 state plan inspections.

The last full year of OSHA reporting was for 2012 in which there were 4,383 workers killed on the job. That averages to more than 84 a week or nearly 12 deaths every day.  A little over 700 of them were of Latino or Hispanic descent. This is why a workplace is required to have OSHA signs in different languages posted at the work site.

Enterprises TV knows that there are many Federal OSHA regulations employers must follow or risk being fined. These are meant to protect both employee and employer from unsafe and unhealthful work situations and the heavy cost of not providing a safe workplace should a worker become ill, become injured or die on the work site. Work place injuries, while on the decline since 1970, are still occurring and can be prevented if the employer and employee take time to learn how to safeguard the workplace.Learn more here.

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