OSHA is one of the three agencies created by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) is the administrative body that adjudicates contested citations. Which then turns to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) that researches and recommends the standards for the workplace, and is an extension of the DOL and HHS.
All three of these areas are connected to make sure practices and organizations are following standards.
Due to the enactment of OSHA, this catapulted all states to adopt similar laws for workplaces. Workplace state laws mirror federal laws, in which the state enforces federal OSHA mandates that aren’t covered by the state.
OSHA has various standards, guidelines, and recommendations which include topics such as:
In compliance plans, OSHA should be mentioned from the state and federal level and training should be completed annually for current and new employees.
The prevention of injuries and illness is critical within a practice because patients and employees need to know that safety is of top priority. It also speaks to the compassion of the practice when this is shown and shared through training or even signs in the office.
**The opinions and observations from the group/author are not a promise to exempt your practice from fines and penalties. Research, modify, and tailor the advice to fit your specialty.