5 Steps for Enhancing Employee Safety and Reducing the Likelihood of an OSHA Citation

Inside Counsel

Valerie Butera, Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, authored an article in Inside Counsel, titled “5 Steps for Enhancing Employee Safety and Reducing the Likelihood of an OSHA Citation.”

Following is an excerpt:

Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for employees by establishing and enforcing standards, and providing training and compliance assistance. OSHA requires employers to provide safe and healthful work for their employees, free of any potential hazards. Of course it is impossible for employers to identify every conceivable hazard in the workplace, but there are five important steps that every employer should take to reduce the chance of injury or illness in the workplace and the likelihood of receiving costly OSHA citations.

1. Conduct a privileged internal audit

One of the most effective ways for an employer to identify and eliminate safety hazards in the workplace is to conduct an internal safety and health audit. While working with a safety and health professional, employers should closely examine every aspect of their workplaces to ensure that they are in full compliance with OSHA standards and best practices.