In the U.S., the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stipulates that employers must “provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and comply with standards, rules and regulations issued under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act.”
Interestingly, the OSH Act itself contains no regulations on Occupational Health and Safety. OSHA, however, has promulgated countless regulations under the authority granted to it by the Act. These regulations cover virtually every conceivable health or safety hazard in the workplace.
Among their many requirements under the OSH Act, employers must:
- examine their workplace conditions to make sure they conform to the standards that apply to them
- make sure employees have and use safe tools and equipment and properly maintain this equipment
- establish or update operating procedures and communicate them so that employees follow safety and health requirements
- keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses. Employers with 10 or fewer employees and