Providing a safe, healthful workplace for employees is the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) goal, regulating confined spaces, forklift safety, lockout/tagout procedures, injury and other potential workplace hazards. OSHA requires employers to protect employees from hazards that may cause death or serious physical harm. Employers also recognize the importance of protecting employees, of course. However, many small-medium sized businesses feel that OSHA compliance can be a time-consuming, discouraging task as the rules seem overly hard and complicated. In fact, 60% of small business owners say they are overwhelmed by regulations, mandates and rules.
Professional Employment Organizations (PEO) make OSHA compliance easy by managing many of the requirements for you. Here are 4 ways PEOs can help with OSHA compliance:
- Develop and update safety manuals
A good safety manual is the foundation to ensuring a safe workplace environment and lays the groundwork for OSHA compliance. Your PEO has the expertise and experience with companies like yours to write a manual that protects your employees and your business.
- Coordinate and document safety training
OSHA requires safety training as one of its main tenets for workplace safety. Your PEO sets up the necessary training for your specific industry as well as general trainings required, such as emergency action, fire prevention and fall prevention. Your PEO also will document all safety training.
- Maintain OSHA 300 Log
The log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300) that classifies work-related injuries and illnesses is maintained by your PEO, relieving you of hours of paperwork and ongoing monitoring.
- Conduct safety audits and inspections
Federal OSHA inspectors can show up at your door unannounced, so it is imperative to be prepared. Your PEO will find and correct safety and health hazards and then conduct periodic mock-inspections to ensure your compliance with OSHA standards. Notifications, including the required OSHA Job Safety and Health – It’s the Law poster, will be made available to your employees.
PEO Consultants analyzes your specific needs and finds the best PEO for your company. On average, our consultants have more than 10 years of industry experience to find the right PEO for you. To get started with your time-saving, professional OSHA compliance program, contact us at 888-623-3240 or online.