Written by: Darcy Cook, Safety Trainers
OSHA, DOT, NFPA, ISO, FDA, NIOSH, ANSI, and EPA just to name a few. Who regulates you? Who has the authority? Where do you begin? And, why do all the agencies have a different interpretation of the regulations?
OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and you can find their standards for general industry online at OSHA.gov or in the 29 CFR 1910 General Industry Standards Book. Their mission is to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
The sheer size and weight of the 29 CFR 1910 OSHA General Industries Standard Book of regulations can be overwhelming. So, let us recommend a better way for you to get started building your safety program. Take a look at the OSHA’s Small Business Handbook. This handbook will get you started on what regulations apply to almost every industry and provide the template for a health and safety management system.
Being responsible for your company’s health and safety management system, policies, procedures, programs, testing, equipment and training, is a full-time job. We can help save you time.
The OSHA’s Small Business Handbook is a free resource that will teach you;
- How to start your four point health and safety management system
- Over 40 self-inspection checklists for general industry
- How to determine what standards apply to you
- Appendix: Action Plan Worksheet
- Appendix: Model Policy Statement from OSHA
- Appendix: Code of Safe Practices
Still need more help? Attend one of our upcoming safety training series. We will;
- Help you create a specific list to get your safety program moving in the right direction
- Provide you with a list of 29 CFR 1910 General Industry Standards that apply to your business
- Tips on effective training (not boring) and recommendations for employee engagement
- Provide you forms, templates and resources that you can use to meet your compliance needs
- Leave confident and ready to begin your new role as your company’s “competent person”
The OSHA Small Business Handbook is just one of the resources that we will use in creating your action plan to creating, editing or changing your safety and health program in our safety training series.