OSHA for small businesses

You know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency that regulates workplace safety and health.

OSHA Outreach Training ProgramDid you know that OSHA requires every business from the smallest to the largest corporations to comply with its regulations? And that Missouri requires 10 hours of training for workers on certain publicly funded construction sites in Missouri?

Compliance is more than meeting burdensome regulations, however. Effective safety and health programs can dramatically impact your bottom line by reducing the costs of injuries and illnesses. It’s estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week in direct workers’ compensation costs alone. Direct costs include workers’ compensation payments, medical expenses and costs for legal services; indirect costs include training replacement employees, accident investigation and implementation of corrective measures, lost productivity, repairs of damaged equipment and property and costs associated with lower employee morale and absenteeism.

A 2008 law requires that all employees working for contractors or subcontractors on defined public works construction projects in the state of Missouri receive OSHA 10-hour construction safety training within 60 days of beginning work on a project. You can obtain this training online or have an authorized OSHA trainer come to you; go to osha10hourtrainingmissouri.com for more details.

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