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2 Benefits Of Having OSHA Trained Employees On Staff

by Carmen Fisher

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is a federal agency that is in charge of making rules about workplace safety. OSHA sends out rules that are designed to make sure that everyone is as safe as they can be when they are at work, and if those things get violated, the company can be in for some huge fines. That's why it is important for you to make sure that your company is in compliance with all pertinent OSHA rulings. If you have a large enough company, you may want to have one or two people who have OSHA training and who are in charge of making sure that your company is compliant, especially if your company is in construction or an industrial setting. What are some benefits of sending employees through OSHA training?

Immediate Answers

One of the benefits is that you will have someone who can give you immediate answers to any OSHA questions. You aren't going to have to call someone and have them try to get back to you in time. If taking time out of the normal workflow is going to cost you a lot of money, having someone on staff to answer those questions can save you money. Of course, they still may have to go check out the exact answer, but it will still save you money. 

Rework Safety Protocols

Another benefit of having your own OSHA specialist is that they will be able to help you and your company rework safety protocols. Since they are familiar with your company and the way that it works, they are going to know what your current protocols are and change them for the better. While all companies have to abide by the same OSHA rules and regulations, most safety protocols are going to be similar, industry-wide. But your specialist can add to those protocols for more safety and make your company better. For example, if the standard rule is that when a machine is getting worked on, it needs to have lockout tags and a spotter for the person doing the work, your OSHA specialist may also suggest a third person check all the tags before the work gets started, and again during the work. That is a belt and suspenders kind of thing, which will be safer for everyone involved. 

OSHA rules and regulations are a good thing. You need to make sure that your company is compliant with them all. Having an employee who has gone through current OSHA training can help your company stay compliant.  

For more information about OSHA training, contact a local company.