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If your business is facing an Occupational Health and Safety Administration inspection, avoiding penalties and work stoppages can save you thousands of dollars. Hiring a safety consultant can help you prepare for your OHSA inspection and improve the safety of your workplace.
Here are some common services offered by safety consultants.
An OHSA inspection begins long before an inspector steps foot in your workplace. In addition to following health and safety guidelines, your business also needs to file the requisite paperwork and meet the compliance standards that apply to your enterprise.
A major component of health and safety is training. Your safety consultant can audit your records to make sure that your employees have completed the training required by local, state, and federal laws. This process normally begins by reviewing how your business maintains and processes records. If your business can't prove that your employees have completed their health and safety training, you might be facing major OHSA fines. After reviewing how your records are kept, your safety consultant can show you how to use compliance software to maintain records for potential OHSA audits.
From fire extinguishers to exhaust fans, your health and safety equipment must be certified and tested on a regular basis. Your safety consultant can make sure that all of the equipment at your workplace is certified and up to date on safety checks. In addition to preparing you for an OHSA inspection, these audits can also help you secure lower rates with your insurance providers. Many safety consultants work closely with insurance providers to ensure that businesses appropriately manage risk and liability.
In the COVID-19 era, few things can shut you down like an outbreak or a violation of local, state, or federal ordinances. Your safety consultant can make sure that your business has solid procedures and protocols to help you manage COVID-19 risks.
To mitigate the risks of a COVID-19 outbreak, your business must follow rigorous sanitization procedures. Your safety consultant can help you develop a sanitization schedule and checklists to help you make systemic changes to mitigate COVID-19 risks.
Preventing a potentially infectious employee from coming to work is the easiest way to stop an outbreak from endangering your staff, customers, and community. Your safety consultant can help you institute daily screenings to prompt employees to be honest about their COVID-19 risks before coming to work.