If you do not have a safety manual for your company, go here and make one. It may be too late for the OSHA inspector in front of you right now, but it may qualify as an abatement in their eyes.What about 300 logs?
Check out this 2 minute video and that can get you started. Copies of the logs they mention are to your right on this page, or can be found in our forms library. They are in MS Excel format too.
How to get an OSHA inspection without the OSHA fines
First off, if OSHA is sitting in your lobby or just showed up at the job site, you may want to start with this PowerPoint First. It takes a moment to load but it’s fairly I
have spoken to DOZENS of you who have said “wouldn’t it be great if OSHA would tell me what I am doing wrong BEFORE they start issuing citations”. The short answer is this:
They DO HAVE just such a special program for employers and yes…it’s free!
The program is set up through USF’s College of Public Health. USF receives a grant directly from OSHA to conduct these inspections on their behalf. Here is what Jim Ulseth sent me to share with all of you:
Florida’s safety and health consultation program is dedicated to serving small employers and has 12 consultants throughout the state. The consultants are OSHA certified and trained in identifying hazardous work areas, which can be particularly helpful to employers in high hazard industries such as construction, manufacturing, landscaping and healthcare. On-site consultations are confidential and free of charge; all an employer needs to do is request the voluntary service.
Charlene Sitterly, USF SafetyFlorida’s program manager, says workplace safety has numerous benefits. “Companies that undergo safety consultation report higher productivity, reduced workers’ compensation costs, safer workplaces and higher morale. A safe workplace is a win-.”
Here are five reasons to request a safety and health consultation in 2012 from USF SafetyFlorida:
- It’s free.
- It’s confidential. The program’s consultative services include an on-site visit; review of written safety plans; identification of potential hazards related to processes, work equipment and practices; recommendations on how to improve hazardous areas, if found; and education and training assistance.
- It provides peace of mind. Business owners will feel good knowing their proactive measures will protect their workers and provide a safer working environment when they correct hazardous areas that could have led to OSHA citations.
- Your insurance provider will thank you. Safer workplaces can result in fewer workers’ compensation claims–a goal business owners and insurance providers can agree upon.
To request a free, confidential safety and health consultation as you begin the new year, contact USF SafetyFlorida at 1-866-273-1105 or visit www.safetyflorida.usf.edu.