All employers take the time to study their particular OSHA compliance regulations. Ideally, OSHA breaks down compliance regulations into two scopes:
- Employer Responsibilities
- Employee Related Responsibilities
To maintain full OSHA compliance, employers should be knowledgeable of the Code of Federal Regulations found at https://www.reginfo.gov/. It is also commonly referred to as the “Federal Register” and compliance regulations found within are listed as CFRs. This is the “federal government’s public portal for all agency regulatory information.”
Main Scope of OSHA Compliance
The main scope of what you have to do according to OSHA as an employer is to provide a safe and healthy workplace. Click To Tweet
The main scope of what you have to do according to OSHA as an employer is to provide a safe and healthy workplace. Compliance is accomplished by:
- Setting and enforcing standards
- Providing training, outreach, education and assistance
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Find Your OSHA Standards
To know specifics of what you have to do according to OSHA, find the OSHA standard most applicable to your specific business or industry. OSHA standards are provided for agriculture, maritime, construction and general industries such as manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and transportation.
OSHA standards are found under “Standards – 29 CFR.” For example, for the construction industry, OSHA standards are found under 29 CFR Part 1926, Subparts A through Z.
If you needed to know what you have to do according to OSHA regarding toxic and hazardous substances, you would go to Subpart Z and choose one of specific numbered CFR standards listed that apply.
OSHA and the Dept. of Labor (DOL)
Employers wanting to know what they have to do to comply with OSHA often find they also need to understand the relationship between OSHA and Dept. of Labor compliance. For example, the DOL makes reference to OSHA regulations under its Workplace Safety and Health compliance:
“Safety and health conditions in most private industries are regulated by OSHA or OSHA-approved state programs, which also cover public sector employers. Employers covered by the OSH Act must comply with the regulations and the safety and health standards promulgated by OSHA. Employers also have a general duty under the OSH Act to provide their employees with work and a workplace free from recognized, serious hazards. OSHA enforces the Act through workplace inspections and investigations. Compliance assistance and other cooperative programs are also available.”
Links between OSHA and DOL
Workplace policies set forth by employers should be based on OSHA and DOL regulations in order to ensure workplace safety and health. This includes regular workplace inspections, as well as record keeping of workplace maintenance, emergency incidents and worker injuries. Under OSHA regulations, employers must comply with 1910.440(b) (2) which states:
“Records and documents required by this standard shall be provided upon request to employees, designated representatives, and the Assistant Secretary in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.1020 (a)-(e) and (g)-“
These OSHA regulations also include equipment under 1910.440(b) (3) (vi):
“Equipment inspections and testing records (1910.430) – current entry or tag, or until equipment is withdrawn from service.”
Note that many of the CFRs found in OSHA compliance may be interlinked to various types of workplace environments. This is due in part to standardization that may apply to one or more industries or workplace environments.