The last thing that Fort Lauderdale companies want to have to deal with is the prospect of being found non-compliant with federal workplace safety standards. If you are part of an executive or management team, you’ll want to know what steps you can take to help ensure your organization’s compliance. The guidelines for workplace safety are determined by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Should your company fail to meet them, you could be assessed fines of up to $70,000 per violation. Potential criminal penalties are also a possibility should your non-compliance lead to the death of an employee.
It’s therefore recommended that you have an action plan in place to help assess your company’s standing regarding OSHA’s rules and regulations. You may want to consider working with an attorney who’s familiar with OSHA standards when developing your plan. The OSHA website also offers a basic outline in assessing your compliance.
In its Compliance Assistance Quick Start program, OSHA officials recommend taking the following steps:
- Become familiar with general safety requirements.
- Learn the requirements that may apply specifically to your industry.
- Review and assess potential hazards unique to your company.
- Create your own comprehensive plan relating to workplace health and safety.
- Train your employees to recognize your safety standards.
- Document and record all aspects of the formulation and implementation of your plan.
Continuous review of your organization’s action plan is required to guarantee its effectiveness. The best time to do this may be when you hire new employees, or when integrating new equipment and/or processes into your operations. While none of this advice should be considered a substitute for legal counsel, it can better prepare you and your company to avoid the potential of OSHA violations now and in the future.