Let’s face it, few small business owners rarely smile when confronted with the acronym OSHA. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration conjure up scary thoughts for owners thinking unnecessary regulations and oversight into our businesses. Various state regulation agencies offer similar ill feelings.
But, any successful enterprise does want a safe and healthy work environment where employees flourish. There is no debate that the merits of a hard working and dedicated staff outweigh the problems with an organization that is unhappy and working against your goals.
There are many free services and benefits that the government offers small business entrepreneurs to help with organizational effectiveness.
- OSHA provides free on-site consultations to help small and medium sized businesses identify risks in their workplace and give advice on compliance to OSHA standards. These consultations are not enforcement visits. In fact, OSHA consultants will not issue citations or report potential violations to enforcement staff. Learn more here.
- If your organization operates within the health care or construction industries, OSHA has developed specific modules and guidance that apply to your workplace. Visit the Compliance Assistance Quick Start for the construction industry and the health care industry. OSHA also provides a general industry module, which can be found here.
- OSHA also provides advice and guidelines for organizations working with Hispanic employees. Here you can find dictionaries, training opportunities, key OSHA publications in Spanish, and Spanish speaking workplace-safety videos.
We just thought it might be a good idea for you to be aware of the potential valuable insights available to you from organizations such as OSHA. Explore the OSHA small business page for more ideas that may be helpful to your organization.