Today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued recommended practices for safety and health programs that occur in the construction field. Employers will now have the ability to develop proactive programs to help keep workplaces safe. In the past, employers have sometimes ignored workplace hazards. The implementation of new programs can help find and fix workplace hazards before injuries, illnesses and deaths even have the chance to occur.
OSHA believes that it is important for employees to understand their rights in the workplace to keep themselves safe from all harm. This means that it is vital for an employer to provide a workplace free of known health and safety hazards and you are permitted to speak up about these issues without fear of retaliation. This is why OSHA wants to work with employers and employees alike to create a more functioning workplace.
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This release covers many areas in the workplace, such as contractors becoming knowledgeable in creating a safety and health program using simple steps. These steps include training works on how to identify hazards, inspecting the workplace to find known problems, and developing proper responses to possible emergencies. The Assistance Secretary of Labor has stated, “The recommendations outlined in this document will help contractors prevent injuries and illnesses on their construction sites and make their companies more profitable.”
Good News for Construction Companies
Think all of these new procedures sound difficult? On the contrary, construction contractors will see better results. These recommendations are flexible and focus only on general safety in a construction site and can be adjusted to fit either the smallest or largest of companies handling many types of projects. OSHA suggests this information as a way for employers to improve production and quality on the job as well as create a better attitude with employees and create a more favorable image among customers. Safety is key in the workplace, and at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, we care about your safety and are here to handle your case if you are injured.