Even small firms need to ensure OSHA compliance - Contractor Management Services Can Help

Nov 04, 2014

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has regulations that aim to protect workers employed at companies of all sizes. No matter how many workers a company has, it is important for it to work hard to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations.

By failing to comply with OSHA standards, a company risks putting its workers at risk for injury or long-term illnesses as a result of exposure to dangerous materials. While a smaller firm may not think regulators will focus on its operations, all companies are subject to OSHA investigations. Even small businesses may receive OSHA inspections, especially if they work in target industries or if an employee has filed a complaint in regard to working conditions or safety problems. Many employers of contractors are implementing third party contractor management services to assist in this process. These organizations recognize an opportunity to assist contractors and suppliers in achieving compliance, a contractor verification system can assist in this process by educating smaller companies of regulatory standards.

Remaining abreast of updated standards and enforcing compliance is essential. Smaller operations need to be aware of how to ensure they are using the latest techniques, safety procedures, and acceptable materials from the day they open. When unsure if they are compliant, smaller firms may be able to receive assistance from OSHA and ensure they are using updated procedures and techniques.

Aside from ensuring their own compliance, a company should also ensure any contractors or suppliers it works with are also abiding by OSHA regulations. When regulations are strictly followed and operational risk is reduced, both businesses can avoid fines, citations, and the other detrimental results of noncompliance.

Category: risk management