OSHA Standards:

A Quick Guide to Health and Safety Compliance

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets and enforces standards to assure safe and healthy working conditions for working men and women. OSHA standards are a set of laws and regulations organized into five categories: General Industry, Maritime, Construction, Agriculture, and Federal Employee Programs. Adherence to OSHA standards protects workers from deadly safety hazards and health risks at work. Here are 5 simple steps that will help your organization easily comply with OSHA standards:

develop an effective osha standards health and safety policy

1. Develop an effective health and safety policy

Senior management should create a health and safety policy with clear objectives, indicating the basic health and safety philosophy of the organization. State the general responsibilities of all employees such as not sacrificing personal safety for expediency.

As soon as the incumbent CEO signs the health and safety policy, it should be communicated to each employee and carried out with no exceptions. Environmental, health, and safety managers should update these guidelines when applicable OSHA standards change and integrate it with lessons learned from past incidents, new insights from recent trainings, and more efficient SOPs.

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OSHA Health and Safety Policy Audit

Use this checklist to evaluate the implementation of your current health and safety program based on OSHA standards (7 sections)—includes management leadership, worker participation, and hazard prevention.

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OSHA Hazard Assessment

This comprehensive checklist contains 43 sections, covering a wide range of hazard identification procedures in the workplace. Easily customize this template and delete sections which may not be relevant or suited to your business needs.

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OSHA Housekeeping Compliance

Inspect housekeeping activities according to OSHA standards. Ensure proper storage and maintenance of tools and equipment. Assess if walkways, working surfaces, etc. are clean and regularly maintained.

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OSHA standards - health and safety policy

OSHA Health and Safety Policy Audit

Use this checklist to evaluate the implementation of your current health and safety program based on OSHA standards (7 sections)—includes management leadership, worker participation, and hazard prevention.

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OSHA standards - hazard assessment

OSHA Hazard Assessment

This comprehensive checklist contains 43 sections, covering a wide range of hazard identification procedures in the workplace. Easily customize this template and delete sections which may not be relevant or suited to your business needs.

Download Template
OSHA standards - housekeeping

OSHA Housekeeping Compliance

Inspect housekeeping activities according to OSHA standards. Ensure proper storage and maintenance of tools and equipment. Assess if walkways, working surfaces, etc. are clean and regularly maintained.

Download Template
OSHA standards - hazard assessment

OSHA Hazard Assessment

Containing 43 sections, this comprehensive checklist covers a wide range of hazard identification procedures. Customize this template and delete sections which may not be relevant to your business needs.

Download Template
OSHA standards - health and safety policy

OSHA Health and Safety Policy Audit

Use this checklist to evaluate the implementation of your current health and safety program based on OSHA standards (7 sections)—includes management leadership, worker participation, and more.

Download Template
OSHA standards - housekeeping

Housekeeping Compliance

Inspect housekeeping activities according to OSHA standards. Ensure proper storage and maintenance of tools and equipment. Assess if walkways, working surfaces, etc. are clean and regularly maintained.

Download Template
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2. Enable frontline workers to respond proactively

OSHA standards can be easily met when organizations empower frontline workers to mitigate health and safety risks at the onset. Before commencing work, site supervisors should regularly conduct an OSHA toolbox talk for workers to be aware or reminded of job hazards, best practices, and preventive measures.

EHS managers should implement real-time incident reporting through mobile-ready OSHA 300 forms to identify leading indicators to safe performance. Establishing an adaptive work environment allows employees to take greater ownership of occupational health and safety for themselves and their co-workers.

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Office Safety Checklist

Take photos of defects and damages. Notify your managers before more serious problems occur.

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Computer Workstation

Comply with OSHA standards for office workers who spend long hours seated at desks and working on computers.

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Ergonomic Assessment

Evaluate your employees’ working routine and gauge risk factors that affect their performance.

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Job Hazard Analysis

Use this checklist as a safety planning log. Adhere to OSHA standards by implementing preventive measures.

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PPE Self-inspection

Follow OSHA standards for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Easily check 17 general inspection items.

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First Aid Kit Checklist

Inspect if first aid kit contents conform to OSHA standards. Guarantee adequate supply when accidents occur.

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Office Safety Checklist

Take photos of defects and damages. Notify your managers before more serious problems occur.

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Computer Workstation

Comply with OSHA standards for office workers who spend long hours seated at desks and working on computers.

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Ergonomic Assessment

Evaluate your employees’ working routine and gauge risk factors that affect their performance.

osha standards for job hazard analysis

Job Hazard Analysis

Use this checklist as a safety planning log. Adhere to OSHA standards by implementing preventive measures.

osha standards for PPE inspection

PPE Self-inspection

Follow OSHA standards for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Easily check 17 general inspection items.

osha standards for first aid kit inspection

First Aid Kit Checklist

Inspect if first aid kit contents conform to OSHA standards. Guarantee adequate supply when accidents occur.

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3. Maximize use of cost-effective digital tools

Proper recordkeeping and documentation of health and safety programs is critical in substantiating compliance with OSHA standards. Paper-based hazard assessments, safety inspections, and incident reports can be time-consuming and burdensome to use and manage. To easily comply with OSHA standards, EHS managers and frontline workers should take advantage of the world’s most powerful safety inspection software, iAuditor.

With iAuditor, you can capture photo evidence, assign corrective actions, automatically generate and share reports, store and secure data in the cloud, and track performance with real-time analytics. Providing a centralized health and safety management system builds a safety culture from the ground up and gives visibility on daily business operations.

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Hazardous Chemicals

Pursuant to OSHA standards, this checklist is used as a safety precaution before handling chemical substances

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Machine Guarding

Use this OSHA-regulated checklist to evaluate the preparedness of operators when handling machines.

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Hand & Power Tools

This inspection checklist has been designed for frontline workers to easily meet OSHA standards on tool safety.

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Lockout/Tagout

Before commencing maintenance checks, comply with LOTO procedures using this checklist.

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Ladder Safety

This checklist is a guide to pass OSHA standards when purchasing, maintaining, and using ladders.

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Scaffold Inspection

Generate on-site reports before each shift or after any event that may have damaged scaffolds and scaffold parts.

osha standards for hazardous checmical exposure

Hazardous Chemicals

Pursuant to OSHA standards, this checklist is used as a safety precaution before handling chemical substances

osha standards for machine guarding

Machine Guarding

Use this OSHA-regulated checklist to evaluate the preparedness of operators when handling machines.

osha standards for hand and power tools inspection

Hand & Power Tools

This inspection checklist has been designed for frontline workers to easily meet OSHA standards on tool safety.

osha standards for lockout tagout

Lockout/Tagout

Before commencing maintenance checks, comply with LOTO procedures using this checklist.

osha standards for ladder safety

Ladder Safety

This checklist is a guide to pass OSHA standards when purchasing, maintaining, and using ladders.

osha standards for first aid kit inspection

Scaffold Inspection

Generate on-site reports before each shift or after any event that may have damaged scaffolds and scaffold parts.

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4. Celebrate wins to boost motivation

EHS managers should recognize safe and on-time performance to encourage safe behavior in the workplace. Facilitate peer-to-peer observations, provide informal feedback, and engage in follow-up discussions to further support safe behavior among employees. Consistent hazard prevention, prompt incident reporting, proactive responses to safety issues, and appropriate solutions to recurrent problems should also be rewarded.

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stay updated with osha standards

5. Stay updated by consulting the OSHA website regularly

Maintaining compliance with OSHA standards entails the commitment of the organization, its management, and all employees to prioritize health and safety. Visit OSHA’s FAQs to keep up with releases/revisions of OSHA standards such as the final rule to improve tracking workplace injuries and illnesses, new training requirements, and compliance audit schedules.

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