Health & Safety, OSHA

Profit Tips: Be Ready for OSHA

From DairyHerd.com, Dairy Herd Staff, 5 May 2011.

The Occupational Safety and Health Agency hasn’t spent a lot of time in recent years inspecting farm operations for worker safety compliance, but the agency is gearing up to knock on more dairy doors. Therefore, you need to be ready for these unannounced inspections.

As an employer, you are responsible to:

• Find and minimize workplace hazards to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards.

• Be familiar with and comply with OSHA standards and regulations.

• Inform your workers of OSHA and their rights under OSHA.

• Give workers safe tools and apply appropriate protection.

• Train workers if standards require it.

• Establish, update and communicate operation procedures so workers are safe.

• Report to OSHA within eight hours an accident that is fatal or results in three workers in the hospital.

• Keep OSHA reporting logs.

• Post OSHA posters and citations, and allow workers access to their medical and exposure records.

• Do not discriminate against workers who exercise their OSHA rights.

• Correct violations in the prescribed period.

Source: DairyHerd.com, “Profit Tips: Be ready for OSHA” by Dairy Herd Staff, 5 May 2011.

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