The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a strict set of standards in place to ensure the health and safety in working conditions, but you don’t have to look much further than a construction site to understand why these standards are so important. Even further, OSHA states that an effective health and safety program can save $4 to $6 for every $1 invested. From new regulations to updated certifications, learn what you can do in 2019 to ensure you and your operators remain OSHA compliant.
Steps to Remain OSHA Compliant in 2019
- Hire employees who have a record of compliance and value safety:
Operators that follow the rules of safety tend to be more aware of their surroundings and more equipped to handle potential situations leading to an overall safer site. The goal to have zero OSHA recordable incidents starts from the beginning.
- Operator Evaluations:
In accordance with OSHA’s updated regulations, heavy equipment operators are required by February 7th, 2019 to be evaluated by an independent third party to ensure their effectiveness and knowledge operating the equipment, regardless of any current certifications.
- Regular Training:
To avoid potentially fatal accidents while operating heavy equipment, it is important to schedule regular operator training. Not only does teaching your operators about the potential hazards protect everyone on-site, but it reduces the possibility of incurring fines and damaging equipment.
- When in Doubt Consult the OSHA Guides:
OSHA has developed current online guides that can be quickly consulted to help construction businesses remain OSHA compliant in 2019. You can find them here at the compliance Quick Start section of the OSHA.gov website: In Step 7 of this guide, there is an interesting section describing the 10 most frequently sited OSHA violations of previous years, which may prove very helpful.
Health and safety are the most important aspect of every job and business, which includes, but is not limited to, OSHA compliance. Specializing in on-site heavy equipment training and newly required operator evaluations, Total Equipment Training can help you remain OSHA compliant in 2019. Contact us today to learn more information on how we can become your reliable training and evaluation company for a safer future.