OSHA Compliance Awareness – What a Drag!

The topic of compliance is huge.  As a business owner you are most likely overwhelmed by the regulations forced on you by local, state and federal labor laws.  As a HR professional it is my job to stay abreast of changes, deadlines and the impact these regulations can have on your business.  When I talk about this stuff, most business business owners think  that they can overlook, by-pass, or just do the minimum required.  I regret to inform you, but this is not the case!

Fines are very sizable for violating the laws.  Perhaps you don’t think you will get caught.  You can stay just under the radar – think again.  Do you know that the size of your business and the industry matters? OSHA is not the only governing authority.  The Department of Labor also mandates compliance.    Everything from opening your doors to hiring an employee is regulated.  The method used to track attendance, the medium used to pay your employees, the classifications of employees.  I could go on and on. 

For the purposes of this blog, I thought I would begin by raising your awareness of a time sensitive requirement.  On February 1 your summary of OSHA Injury and Illness Log is due to be posted.   Have you finalized your OSHA 300 Form?  Have you prepared the OSHA form 300A? 

If you are an employer whose industry is subject to the OSHA record keeping requirements and you have had more than 10 employees at any time during the calendar year, then you MUST maintain the log.  The summary must be signed by a company executive and posted in a conspicuous location within the workplace from February 1 through April 30.

If you face other compliance issues or wonder if the State or Federal Government will fine you, then you should get some advice.  A labor attorney or HR Consultant work with these mandates and can keep you out of “hot water.”  As for the summary of OSHA Injury and Illness Log, you can find these forms on the OSHA website. If you need help completing them, let me hear from you.

Nancy (508) 769-2294

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