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.
general methods for developing a maintenance schedule,
who is responsible for ensuring inventory,
maintenance tasks that are regularly performed,
who is responsible for the general oversight of maintenance.
Develop a recordkeeping system including work orders, equipment procurement and staff training. You can hire a contractual maintenance professional to assist in the development of a recordkeeping procedure. A standard operating procedure (SOP) can define task items as routine, emergency, or preventive maintenance. Staff training on all preventive maintenance plans will prevent safety issues and saves costs as employees preform task more efficiently.
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Contract Services Group, Inc. announced the launch of the CSG Ethics & Fraud Hotline.
The CSG Ethics & Fraud Hotline will allow any employees to call without identifying themselves to report any work related issues that are detrimental to all our best interests.
Ethics Hotline 866 510 8598
Call Toll Free. All callers will remain anonymous. All calls will be thoroughly investigated. When calling please provide:
Details of your concern
The names of all individuals involved
The dates/times of the incident(s)
Where it occurred
Any other information for investigation
CSG is proud to join Starwood, Hilton, and Marriott and many others in establishing ethics initiatives to support integrity in business practices.
Since 1973, CSG has provided outstanding results to its clients. CSG has refined the systems, procedures and resources essential to maintain and enhance janitorial and hospitality cleaning services. From its inception CSG has always been guided by the standard established by its founder, provide quality services to our clients at competitive prices, always treat our employees with dignity and respect, and abide by all government rules and regulations.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines a healthy workplace as a place where “workers and managers collaborate to use a continual improvement process to protect and promote the health, safety and well-being of all workers.”
CSG understands that creating this environment requires hard work and a continuing willingness to make the small incremental improvements that signal a dedication to world-class healthy buildings.
WHO identifies these workplace components for focus:
Health and safety of the physical work environment
Health, safety and well-being in the work organization and workplace culture
Personal health resources in the workplace
Community participation in health improvement advocacy for workers & their families
The World Health Organization (WHO) offers Healthy Workplace guidelines and supports the Global Healthy Workplace Awards dedicated to the recognition of practices and programs in the global workplace. Read more here about the awards and winners.