Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Oft-Missed Step: Documentation of Safety Discipline

Documentation is important to employers ...

"If an employee violates a written safety rule in which he was trained, but the employer lacks evidence that safety rules are enforced, an OSHA citation might be in that employer's future.

An employee is seriously injured and OSHA is investigating. The employer is not worried, however, because the employee broke a clear, written safety rule that faithfully reflected an OSHA standard and in which the employee was trained. The safety director even has a training session sign-in sheet with the employee's signature and an attached outline of the curriculum.

If this is all the evidence the employer has, can the employer still receive a citation? The answer is "yes." If the employer has no evidence that the safety rule – or its safety rules in general – have been enforced, then a citation may well be issued by OSHA and upheld by the independent three-member Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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