Building owners need to understand new safety compliance requirements as OSHA shifts focus to enforcement.
OSHA includes building owner compliance requirements under a general duty clause.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 holds employers responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. Building owners are liable for these policies as ANSI/IWCA I-14.
OSHA standards make it the employer’s responsibility to:
- Establish written operating procedures maintaining necessary health and safety requirements,
- Select qualified personnel with special previous training for certain “designated” job assignments,
- Ensure youth or inexperienced worker training to help reduce a higher rate of accidents and injuries,
- Provide workplace health and safety training to employees at a certain vocabulary level or in language other than English,
- Make available Injury and Illness Prevention Program and Safety Data Sheets binders to employees for all hazardous chemicals in their workplace,
- Maintain citation and work-related injuries and illnesses records,
- Post employees’ rights and responsibilities.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) also holds building owners responsible for ensuring that worker safety and public protection standards. Read more at CSG Safety Services WWS BLOG.