Workplace Safety and Health

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Every organization must provide a safe working environment for its employees and follow all applicable laws and regulations governing workplace safety and health. To these ends, an organization should have a comprehensive safety and health policy, training and procedures that address (1) all applicable federal (Occupational Safety and Health Act, or "OSHA"), state and local laws and regulations, and (2) any other safety and health topics that are relevant to the organization, its industry or its employees' job functions.

Among the safety and health topics that apply to many organizations are —

  • Maintaining a safe, sanitary and orderly work environment;
  • Maintaining safe conditions in the office environment — e.g., electrical safety, proper noise levels, indoor air quality and lighting;
  • Safe handling of hazardous substances;
  • Proper moving, handling, stacking and storage of materials;
  • Safety and accident reporting;
  • Correcting or eliminating ergonomic hazards at workstations;
  • Preventing the spread of seasonal flu and other infectious illnesses;
  • Following an emergency action plan in a fire or other emergency; and
  • Finding medical services and first aid at or near the workplace.

In addition, all organizations should reward good safety behavior, take disciplinary measures for safety violations when necessary and appropriate, and investigate any accidents to prevent recurrence.

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Key Resources

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