The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exists to ensure safe and healthful working conditions. It does this by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. Occupational health and safety courses are the best way to educate yourself on OSHA’s rules, regulations and procedures so you are well prepared.
If you are found in violation of an OSHA regulation, you are subject to a fine, but how do you know what the regulations are? By taking an occupational health and safety course. There are more than 1,130 inspectors in states under federal OSHA jurisdiction and you never know when one may show up at your facility unannounced. If you are found to be in serious violation of OSHA regulations, you can be assessed a fine of up to $5,000, or even $7,000 for a serious violation. A serious violation is defined as one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard. Taking an occupational health and safety course will help you identify and eliminate violations and avoid financial penalties.
Recordkeeping is very important in terms of adhering to OSHA guidelines. Good health and safety training courses teach you how to keep proper records and stay compliant with OSHA’s recordkeeping manual. It is essential that data recorded by employers be uniform and accurate to assure the consistency and validity of the statistical data which is used by OSHA for many purposes, including inspection targeting, performance measurement. Occupational health and safety courses teach you all you need to know about this kind of recordkeeping.
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