The Shelton Law Firm
Personal Injury & Maritime Law Nationwide Representation
Call Today For A Free Consultation
281-506-0120
877-771-6139

OSHA requirements that apply to most general industry employers

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is the federal agency that oversees workplace safety in the United States. In doing so, OSHA has imposed many safety requirements that apply to workplaces of all types.

However, sometimes it can be hard for workers to know whether their employers are following OSHA requirements or not, so here is a brief summary of the safety requirements that apply to most general industry employers:

Most general industry employers are required to have a hazard communication standard in place that makes sure employees are aware of hazardous chemicals in the workplace and how to protect themselves from the hazardous chemicals.

Next, many general industry employers are required to impose an Emergency Action Plan standard, which describes what employees should do to protect themselves in case of a fire or another serious incident in the workplace.

Additionally, most general industry employers are required to have a Fire Prevention Plan in place, as well as exit routes that comply with OSHA's standards.

Most general industry employers are also required to follow OSHA standards for safe surfaces including floors, aisles, platforms, ladders and stairways in order to prevent slips, trips and falls.

Finally, most general industry employers are require to provide medical and first-aid supplies that are appropriate for the type of work being performed and hazards present.

Even though all of these requirements are in place, there are still many employers throughout Texas and the rest of the nation that choose to ignore them. When this happens, workers are put in serious danger, and so the safety lapses should be reported immediately.

If it is too late and a workplace accident has already occurred, the employer could face liability in a personal injury lawsuit as well as serious OSHA fines.

Source: OSHA.gov, "OSHA Requirements That Apply to Most General Industry Employers," last accessed Aug. 20, 2013

The Shelton Law Firm - Houston Personal Injury Lawyer

The Shelton Law Firm 2777 Allen Parkway 14th Floor Houston, TX 77019 Toll Free: 877-771-6139 Phone: 281-506-0120 Fax: 713-400-4086 Houston Law Office Map

Review Us