Is Your Company Being Watched By OSHA? Read This
Keeping in mind the unsafe and hazardous workplace environment in certain industries, the U.S. government has enforced measures that require employers to pay attention to the safety and health of their workforce. Did you know the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) could be watching your company to evaluate whether it provides a safe environment for employees? OSHA has implemented National Emphasis Programs and Regional Emphasis Programs to monitor conditions of certain industries within the United States and come up with strategies and techniques to overcome hazards faced by employees.
National Emphasis ProgramsOSHA has launched the National Emphasis Program (NEP), a series of programs that are dedicated toward protecting the health and safety of workers in industries with environments that can pose a high risk to workers. This program has been successfully implemented in all states and territories where the agency operates and has direct jurisdiction. As of this year, there are nine active National Emphasis Programs under OSHA that cover the following areas:
5. LeadThis program aims to limit the occupational exposures in industries that involve the use of lead.
8. ShipbreakingThis program focuses on reducing and eliminating occupational hazards associated with shipbreaking operations.
Regional Emphasis Programs
- Electrical Hazards
- Falls in Construction
- Federal Agencies
- Landscaping and Horticultural Services
- Maritime Inspections
- Noise Hazards
- Poultry Processing Facilities
- Powered Industrial Truck
- Safety Hazards in the Auto Parts Industry
- Clean-up and sanitation operations in the NAICS Groups
- Ship/Boat Building and Repair