Free Toolbox Talks – Avoiding OSHA Violations.
How would you like a visit from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for an OSHA inspection because of a violation? We understand that this situation is not a good position to be placed in. That’s why it’s important to train your team properly with free toolbox talks!
Free Safety Training Topics
OSHA penalties can set your company back thousands of dollars. Given the fact that we are in the age of technology and social media; an employee filing a complaint about a risk to their well being can generate plenty of unwanted negative attention and damage reputation.
Imagine the cost of unflattering publicity surrounding your business, crushing your hard-earned good standing. Like trying to overcome an avalanche coming from the top of Mt. Everest, this is a no-win scenario and should be avoided at all costs.
It pays to take care of your greatest asset—your employees—and create a safe environment for current and future talent.
How To Avoid OSHA Violations
Developing and maintaining a health and safety program, paired with frequent communication and effective employee training will reduce the risk of OSHA violations. Efficient and compliant businesses are not only safe, but they are also more profitable. For a health and safety program to work, you need to review your companies protocols and procedures on a regular basis.
Routine meetings that serve to inform employees of your company’s safety standards are also known as a Toolbox Talk; of which Light Duty Pathway® has FREE toolbox talks available to employers! These safety scripts are an easy way to meet OSHA training general requirements, placing safety front and center.
- Educating About Chemicals
- Building and Maintaining Safe Scaffolding
- Providing the Correct Personal Protective Equipment
- Providing Respiratory Protection
- Implementing and Teaching Safe Electrical Practices
- Educating and Training Forklift Drivers
- Practicing Ladder Safety
- Controlling Hazardous Energy
- Practicing Proper Machine Guarding
What Are OSHA Standard Violations?
There are six categories of OSHA standard violations, each of which carries a recommended or a mandatory penalty.
A willful violation is when the employer either knowingly fails to comply with a legal requirement (purposeful disregard) or acts with plain indifference to employee safety.
A serious violation exists when the workplace hazard could cause an accident/illness most likely resulting in death or serious physical harm. Unless the employer did not know or could not have known of the violation.
A repeated violation occurs when an agency has been cited previously for the same or a substantially similar condition.
A violation that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but is not serious in nature, is classified as “other-than-serious.”
De Minimis Violation
A technical violation of OSHA rules that have no direct impact on health or safety. It is the least serious class of violation.
Failure to Abate Violation
A failure to abate violation exists when the employer has not corrected a violation for which OSHA has issued a citation and the abatement date has passed. A failure to abate also exists when the employer has not complied with interim measures involved in a long-term abatement within the time given.
Educate Employees With Free Safety Toolbox Talks
Safety Toolbox Talks are short, informal safety meetings with a focused agenda including safety topics relating to your employees’ specific job. Light Duty Pathway® free toolbox talks are designed to guide employees about workplace hazards and OSHA regulations. These tools can be used daily to promote safety culture, as well as, facilitate health and safety discussions in the workplace.
Why Are Safety Toolbox Talks Important?
Safety toolbox talks will reinforce safety basics. Discussions about high-risk scenarios and information about changes to the workplace will aid in preventing further incidents.
Light Duty Pathway® offers free safety-training topics to help get you started! We cover a range of topics, including Fatigue, Substance Abuse, Distracted Driving, Workplace Violence, Overexertion, Hazardous Conditions, and many more.
Don’t let OSHA violations hurt your employees and your business. Light Duty Pathway® will help.
Light Duty Pathway’s modified work solution is here to help you keep your employees engaged even when conditions are not ideal. Let’s get started!