Small Business Handbook

Small Business Safety and Health Management Series OSHA 2209-02R 2005

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to promote the safety and health of America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.

About this Handbook
This handbook is provided to owners, proprietors and managers of small businesses by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor. For additional copies of this publication, write to the U.S. Government Printing Office, (GPO), Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop SDE, 732 N. Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC 20401, or call the OSHA Publications Office at (202) 693-1888, or fax (202) 693-2498 for ordering information. Please note that the entire text of the Small Business Handbook is available on OSHA’s website at osha2209.pdf. The handbook should help small business employers meet the legal requirements imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the Act), and achieve an in-compliance status before an OSHA inspection. An excellent resource to accompany this information is OSHA’s Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines, (54 Federal Register 3904-3916, January 26, 1989), also available on OSHA’s website. This handbook is not a legal interpretation of the provisions of the Act and does not place any additional requirements on employers or employees.

Employers cannot be cited under the General Duty Clause in Section 5(a)(1) of the Act for failure to follow recommendations in this handbook. The materials in this handbook are based upon Federal OSHA standards and other requirements in effect at the time of publication and upon generally accepted principles and activities within the job safety and health field. They should be useful to small business owners or managers and can be adapted easily to individual establishments. It is important to point out that 24 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands operate their own OSHA-approved safety and health programs under Section 18 of the Act. While the programs in these State Plan States may differ in some respects from Federal OSHA, this handbook can be used by employers in any state because the standards imposed by State Plan States must be at least as effective as Federal OSHA standards. A list of states that operate their own safety and health programs can be found on OSHA’s website at Material in this publication is in the public domain and may be reproduced, fully or partially, without permission. Source credit is requested but not required. This information will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request by voice phone (202) 693-1999 or teletypewriter (TTY) (877) 889-5627. Please Note: The small business employer seeking information on procurement or contracting with the Department of Labor or OSHA should contact the Department of Labor’s Office of Small Business Programs, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room C2318, Washington, DC 20210.

Small Business Handbook
Occupational Safety and Health Administration U.S. Department of Labor OSHA 2209-02R 2005

U.S. Department of Labor

PREFACE Office of Small Business Assistance Cooperative Programs State Plans Office of Training and Education OSHA’s Website Safety and Health Add Value INTRODUCTION: The Value of a Safety and Health Management System A Profit and Loss Statement Developing a Profitable Strategy for Handling Occupational Safety and Health A FOUR-POINT WORKPLACE PROGRAM: The Basis of a Plan Using the Four-Point Program MANAGEMENT COMMITMENT AND EMPLOYEE INVOLVEMENT WORKSITE ANALYSIS HAZARD PREVENTION AND CONTROL TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES, SUPERVISORS AND MANAGERS Documenting Your Activities Safety and Health Recordkeeping INJURY/ILLNESS RECORDS EXPOSURE RECORDS AND OTHERS STARTING A SAFETY AND HEALTH MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: Creating a Plan Decide to Start Now Designating Responsibility Ask for Help Organize the Workplace Start Gathering Specific Facts About Your Situation Establish a Four-Point Safety and Health Program Develop and Implement Your Action Plan SELF-INSPECTION Self-Inspection Scope Self-Inspection Checklists EMPLOYER POSTING RECORDKEEPING SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM MEDICAL SERVICES AND FIRST AID FIRE PROTECTION PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING GENERAL WORK ENVIRONMENT WALKWAYS FLOOR AND WALL OPENINGS STAIRS AND STAIRWAYS ELEVATED SURFACES EXITING OR EGRESS - EVACUATION EXIT DOORS PORTABLE LADDERS HAND TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT PORTABLE (POWER OPERATED) TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT ABRASIVE WHEEL EQUIPMENT GRINDERS POWDER-ACTUATED TOOLS MACHINE GUARDING LOCKOUT/TAGOUT PROCEDURES WELDING, CUTTING AND BRAZING COMPRESSORS AND COMPRESSED AIR 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 6 8 8 8 9 9 10 11 11 11 12 13 13 13 13 14 14 15 15 17 17 18 18 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 22 23 23 24 24 24 25 25 26 27 28


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Detailed information on each program is also available on OSHA’s website at security and the opportunity to achieve the American dream. the private OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . These OSHA education centers operate in conjunction with universities. IL. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands that operate their own OSHA-approved safety and health programs. Washington. businesses should become familiar with their state regulations and agencies. or by calling (800) 321OSHA. the Voluntary Protection Programs. In addition to OSHA’s Training Institute. and facilitates opportunities to comment on OSHA’s regulatory agenda. to facilitate information sharing and to help in finding and achieving regulatory compliance. OSHA is developing new strategies to reduce occupational fatalities. Confronted by the realities and demands to keep pace with the workforce and problems of the future. As a result. States that operate their own worker safety and health plans must provide worker protection that is “at least as effective as” the Federal program. provides training for OSHA compliance safety and health officers as well as for the general public and safety and health staff from other Federal agencies..W. injuries and illnesses. The Office of Small Business Assistance can be contacted by telephone at (202) 693-2220 or by writing to: Director.4 PREFACE American employers and workers want safe and healthful places in which to work. DC 20210. the Strategic Partnership Program and OSHA’s newest addition. Participation can be on an individual company basis or through an industry association.osha.42. because their standards and other procedures may vary. regulations and red tape. State Plans OSHA has important partnerships with the 24 states. making safety and health training and education more accessible Cooperative Programs Years of experience show us that voluntary collaborative relationships between They want everyone on the job to go home whole and healthy each day. However. OSHA continues to expand its cooperative programs which currently include the free and confidential Consultation Program. 200 Constitution Avenue. OSHA is paring down its regulatory agenda so that it more accurately reflects realistic goals that best serve the needs of American employers and employees. effective and fair enforcement. please see pages 40. education and compliance assistance to America’s employers and employees. N.osha. OSHA created the Office of Small Business Assistance to provide small business direction. Small businesses are encouraged to investigate the full array of cooperative programs offered by OSHA. Room N-3700. The office also works to educate small businesses on using up-to-date tools and materials. For a more detailed description of each of these programs. OSHA strives to provide improved outreach. State workplace safety and health programs frequently lead the way in developing innovative approaches to making America’s workplaces safer and healthier. In October 2002. Office of Small Business Assistance. Office of Small Business Assistance OSHA wants to provide quality service to our small business customers. Office of Training and Education OSHA’s Office of Training and Education provides training and instruction in all facets of occupational safety and health. OSHA seeks to cut unnecessary rules. It is eliminating thousands of pages of outdated regulations and continues to rewrite standards in plain English. colleges and learning centers to conduct OSHA courses for the private sector and other Federal agencies. there are 32 additional education sites located throughout the country. The Office of Small Business Assistance maintains OSHA’s specialized small business web pages found at http:// www. by contacting any OSHA office.html. OSHA is committed to assuring – so far as possible – that every working man and woman in the nation has safe and healthful working conditions. sector and other government entities lead to improved safety and health. OSHA believes that providing workers with a safe workplace is central to their ability to enjoy health. Coupled with strong. Alliances. OSHA’s Training Institute. See OSHA’s website for a list of State Plan States. located in Arlington Heights. Determined to make that dream possible.

If you would like to receive regular updates from OSHA about new programs. Through its website. tools. OSHA invites citizens to email questions that can be routed to appropriate agency officials for response. protecting people on the job is in everyone’s best interest–our I reduced medical expenditures. standards. Regulations.osha. our fellow workers and our families.5 to those who need it. For more information about OSHA’s Training Institute. which allows users to create their own personalized OSHA web page with customized content and links. Arlington Heights. best practices and other useful information. There are tuition fees for private sector students. Quick Start is another tool on OSHA’s Compliance Assistance web page that allows the user to identify many of the major OSHA requirements and guidance materials that apply to their individual workplaces or industry sectors. There is a Spanish version of the OSHA website. inquiries should be submitted in writing. Safety and health add value to businesses. publication lists and an inventory of compliance assistance tools. QuickTakes is issued twice monthly to subscribers and is always available online. news items. Any communication conducted via the “Contact Us” link on the OSHA website is considered an informational exchange rather than an official communication with the Department of Labor. OSHA’s education centers. directives and interpretations relating to OSHA can be found as well. I their family lives are not hindered by injury. including expert advisors and eTools. I smaller expenditures for return-to-work programs.osha. Safety and Health Add Value Addressing safety and health issues in the workplace saves the employer money and adds value to the business. You can subscribe to OSHA’s QuickTakes at www. 2020 South Arlington Heights Road. Several pages are devoted to small business. due to: I increased productivity. Occupational Safety and Health Administration . OSHA’s Website OSHA has made every effort to continuously expand and improve its website. web-based training tools on occupational safety and health easy-to-understand and up-to-date guidance on regulations. QuickTakes. and many posters and some publications are also available in Spanish. write the OSHA Training Institute. I increased morale. The information is also fully accessible on the Internet at www. I better labor/management relations. Simply put. Recent estimates place the business costs associated with occupational injuries at close to $170 billion–expenditures that come straight out of company profits. I reduced turnover. Employees and their families benefit from safety and health because: I their incomes are protected. I fewer faulty products. OSHA’s extensive website provides employers and employees with practical. I better use of human resources. I lower costs for job accommodations for injured workers. For an official response to a question or concern. compliance assistance and learning how to identify and control hazards. our communities. OSHA’s web pages include MyOSHA. Safety and health also make big reductions in indirect costs. workplaces and lives. When workers stay whole and healthy. Each OSHA cooperative program has individual web pages describing program elements and highlighting successes of the participants. I their stress is not increased. technical links. the direct cost-savings to businesses include: I lower workers’ compensation insurance costs. eTools are “stand-alone” interactive. IL 60005 or call (847) 297-4810. or to obtain training catalogs with course schedules. I less money spent for overtime benefits. subscribe to the agency’s e-news memo. I higher quality products.

Developing a Profitable Strategy for Handling Occupational Safety and Health Nobody wants accidents to happen in his or her business. And. or the death of an employee or owner can cause the loss of profit or even an entire business. Once you know why an accident happened. While we may see this goal in a slightly different light. Reducing losses is a goal that you as an owner or manager share with us in OSHA. These owner/managers will tell you that it is too late to do anything once a serious accident happens. if you don’t know your employees before they are hired.Worksite Analysis. serious injuries or illnesses in the businesses with which you are familiar? How often has your business actually sustained this type of loss? In most small businesses. setting an example and involving employees. You do need to use good business sense and apply recognized prevention principles. by nature. and maybe the help of friends or other trained people. that you place a high value on the well-being of your employees. For this reason. by setting policy. Investing in safety and health activity now will better enable you to avoid possible losses in the future. They have learned that prevention is the only real way to avoid this loss. your plan should address the types of accidents and health hazard exposures that could happen in your workplace. job safety and health standards. many more suffer injury or illness from conditions at work. You wager your business acumen against larger. 2. Basically. self-employed individuals like yourself. you don’t have to turn your business upside down. These are as follows: 1. like you. but an accident always has a cause–a reason why. many owners or managers do not understand why there is controversy about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). when you make job safety and health a real part of your everyday operations. Not all dangers at your worksite depend on an accident to cause harm. There are reasons why accidents happen. Unfortunately.6 INTRODUCTION: The Value of a Safety and Health Management System A Profit and Loss Statement As a small business owner. an ability to be a good manager of people and the intelligence and inner strength to make the right decisions. Like many small businesses. the answer is rarely. There is excitement and challenge in such a venture. either. A serious fire. citations. Hazard Prevention and Control. Because each workplace is different. etc. Worker exposure to toxic chemicals or harmful levels of noise or radiation may happen in conjunction with routine work as well as by accident. it remains a common bond. Assuming that you are committed to safe and healthful work practices. you may employ family members and personal acquaintances. To prevent such losses. inspections. then chances are that the very size of your workplace will promote the closeness and concern for one another that small businesses value. perhaps more heavily financed corporate groups and other free-spirited. There are four basic elements to all good safety and health programs. 3. You need a safety and health management system. Management Commitment and Employee Involvement. But how often does an owner or manager like you actually see or even hear about work-related deaths. You need some basic facts and perhaps some help from others who already know some of the answers. Thousands of workers die each year and many. The manager or management team leads the way. you are. Something goes wrong somewhere. It is not difficult to develop such a plan. of course. to figure out what went wrong. they have experienced a loss. It may take some thought. you will not lose in the long run. The worksite is continually analyzed to identify all existing and potential hazards. You also need a plan–a plan to prevent accidents. your program should address your specific needs and requirements. assigning and supporting responsibility. You may not realize the extent of the exposure or harm that you and your employees face. We have learned from small employers. You may not have to spend a lot of money. You need a plan that includes prevention of these health hazard exposures and accidents. but to succeed you need good management information. Methods to pre- OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . a permanent injury. We believe that. a risk taker. The effect may not be immediate. OSHA wants to work with you to prevent all losses. it is possible to prevent future incidents. But others have learned why.

While having a safety and health plan based on these four elements does not guarantee compliance with OSHA standards. Developing a workplace program following these four points is a key step in protecting you and your workers’ safety and health. these descriptions will assist you in getting started on your own approach. Since most employers. It will certainly give you a way to express and document your good faith and commitment to protecting your workers’ health and safety. Managers. Safety and health can be integrated into your other business functions with modest effort on your part. Developing a health and safety protection plan does not have to be expensive and generally does not require additional employees. like you. Regardless of the size of your business. If you already have a program. you should use each of these elements to prevent workplace accidents and possible injuries and illnesses. reviewing it in relation to these elements should help you improve what you have. Occupational Safety and Health Administration . The key to the success of a safety and health plan is to see it as a part of your business operation and to see it reflected in your day-to-day operations. This approach usually does not involve large costs. safety and health awareness will become second nature to you and your employees. Supervisors and Managers. are pressed for time. The next section provides short descriptions and illustrations of each element. the approach will help you toward full compliance and beyond. supervisors and employees are trained to understand and deal with worksite hazards. As you implement the plan and incorporate it into your business culture.Training for Employees. especially in smaller businesses. It may help you reduce insurance claims and other costs.7 vent or control existing or potential hazards are put in place and maintained. Following this four-point approach to safety and health in your business may also improve efficiency. 4.

Department of Labor.S. The more people who are involved. personally review all inspection and accident reports and ensure that followup occurs when needed. (See Appendix B. for instance. Room N-3700. (202) 693-2220.) Although voluntary.) Hold a meeting with all employees to communicate your safety and health policy. Box 37535. For example. which recognize excellence in workplace safety and health management. conduct safety training. money and authority to get the job done. Washington. Washington. Your policy must be clear.osha. MANAGEMENT COMMITMENT AND EMPLOYEE INVOLVEMENT I I As the owner or manager of a small business. Make it a special part of everyone’s job to work safely. they will bring their unique insights and energy to achieving the goals and objectives of your these guidelines represent OSHA’s policy on what every worksite should have in place to protect workers from occupational hazards. safety glasses and/or safety shoes in an area. or call (202) 693-1888. Their safety. or investigate accidents. the better. we encourage you to use the Action Plan Worksheet in Appendix A to jot down the things you want to do to make your workplace safe for your employees. Ensure that you. Make clear assignments of responsibility for every part of your safety and health program. Here are some actions to consider: I Post your policy on worker safety and health next to the Job Safety and Health Protection Poster where all employees can see it. DC 200013-7535. Department of Labor. The guidelines are based heavily on OSHA’s experience with its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). NW. contact OSHA’s Office of Small Business Assistance. Only you can show its importance through your own actions. The men and women who work for you are among the most valuable I I I OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . P. your employees will probably not give safety and health much thought either. DC 20210. and make sure everyone understands them.O. it is essential that you demonstrate at all times your personal concern for employee safety and health. You can demonstrate the depth of your commitment by involving your employees in planning and carrying out your efforts. Noting those actions as you go along will make it easier to assemble the total plan you need. U. If you seriously involve your employees in identifying and resolving safety and health problems.S. If you are not interested in preventing employee injury and illness. wear them yourself when you are in that area. your attitude toward job safety and health will be reflected by your employees. time.8 A FOUR-POINT WORKPLACE PROGRAM: The Basis of a Plan The Four-Point Workplace Program described here is based upon the Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines issued by OSHA in January 1989. go to OSHA’s website at www. Make sure that your support is visible by getting personally involved in the activities that are part of your safety and health program. Don’t forget your safety and health program I I Using the Four-Point Program As you review this publication. Model Policy Statements. training. Give those with safety and health responsibility enough people. For more information on these guidelines and OSHA’s cooperative programs. Having them cooperate with you in protecting their safety and health not only helps to keep them healthy–it makes your job easier. you require a hard hat. write to OSHA Publications. Take advantage of your employees’ specialized knowledge and encourage them to buy into the program by having them make inspections. (For a free copy of the guidelines. assets you have. and discuss your objectives for safety and health. health and goodwill are essential to the success of your business. and the priority you place on them in your workplace. Therefore. U. If. your managers and your supervisors follow all safety requirements that apply to all employees. 200 Constitution Avenue. even if you are only in an area briefly. A good rule of thumb is to assign safety and health responsibilities in the same way you assign production responsibilities.

hazards should be eliminated. This will help you develop ways to prevent recurrences. Worksite analysis is a group of processes that helps you make sure that you know what you need to keep your workers safe. HAZARD PREVENTION AND CONTROL I I It is your responsibility to know what items or substances you have in your workplace that could hurt your workers. (See Appendix C. Where necessary. Learn how to conduct a thorough investigation when things go wrong. I I I I Occupational Safety and Health Administration . Codes of Safe Practices. The checklists (at pages 18-39) provide a starting point.) Be ready to enforce the rules for safe work procedures. Establish a way to get professional advice when you make changes to procedures or equipment. WORKSITE ANALYSIS Make sure your employees feel comfortable in alerting you or another member of management when they see things that look dangerous or out of place. (See OSHA Publications at page 42 for ordering information. I At least once a year. review what you have accomplished in meeting your objectives and reevaluate whether you need new objectives or program revisions. Recognize and reward those who do well and correct those who don’t. Your state Consultation Program can help you do this. Sometimes that can be done through substitution of a less toxic material or engineering controls. analyzing it step-by-step to see if there are any hidden hazards in the equipment or procedures. how to use it and how to maintain it. Job Hazard Analysis. I ards. Also. may be helpful. Extensive information can be found on OSHA’s website under “Accident Investigation” in the index. Find ways to keep current on newly recognized hazards in your industry. make sure the job gets done. You can also contract for such services from expert private consultants if you prefer. It is a good idea to involve employees in the analysis that results in those procedures. Periodically review several months of experience to determine if any new patterns are developing. Review several years of injury or illness records to identify patterns that can help you devise strategies to improve your safety and health program. systems should be established to control them. Your state consultant can assist you in establishing an effective system. you can call on your state on-site Consultation Program and have an experienced health and safety professional visit your workplace for free and confidentially.) Here are some actions to consider: I I Request a consultation visit from your state on-site Consultation Program covering both safety and health to get a full survey of the hazards that exist in your workplace and those that could develop. For help in getting started with these processes. When you cannot eliminate hazards. Locations for each state are listed on OSHA’s website. Whenever possible. Institute an accountability system where all personnel will be held accountable for not following work rules designed to promote workplace safety and health. to ensure that the changes are not introducing new hazards into your workplace. Here are some actions to consider: I I Set up safe work procedures based on an analysis of the hazards in your workplace and ensure that employees understand and follow them. Set up a self-inspection system to check your hazard controls and evaluate any new haz- Once you have identified your existing and potential hazards. OSHA’s booklet. Periodically review with employees each job.9 after you make assignments. Ask your employees to help you establish a disciplinary system that will be fair and understood by everyone. you are ready to implement the systems that prevent or control those hazards. ensure that personal protective equipment (PPE) is used and that your employees know why they need it.

This does not mean that you must provide health care. maintenance operations.10 I Provide for regular equipment maintenance to prevent breakdowns that can create hazards. Ask your state consultant to help develop a medical program that fits your worksite. you are required to ensure that adequately trained personnel are available to render I I OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . Survey the medical facilities near your place of business and make arrangements for them to handle routine and emergency cases. Posting emergency numbers is a good idea. Make sure you have trained your employees on every potential hazard that they could be exposed to and how to protect themselves. I An effective accident prevention program requires proper job performance from everyone in the workplace. Plan for emergencies. I I I Check battery charging stations. Pay particular attention to your new employees and to employees who are moving to new I I Perform routine walkthroughs of the worksite to identify hazards and to track identified hazards until they are corrected. transport ill or injured workers and notify medical facilities. laboratories. you must ensure that all employees know about the materials and equipment they work with. and others. your local safety council. Ensure that preventive and regular maintenance are tracked to completion. including fire and natural disasters. Each employee needs to know that: • no employee is expected to undertake a job until he or she has received job instructions on how to do it properly and is authorized to perform that job. The consultant may be able to conduct training while he or she is there. Involve nearby doctors and emergency facilities by inviting them to visit your workplace and help you plan the best way to avoid injuries and illness during emergency situations. First-aid supplies must be readily available for emergency use. TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES. consider the following: I Develop an emergency medical procedure to handle injuries. Here are some actions to consider: I I Ask your state consultant to recommend training for your worksite. You may be able to combine safety and health training with other training. Ensure the ready availability of medical personnel for advice and consultation on matters of employee health. Cooperative agreements may be possible with nearby larger workplaces that have on-site medical personnel and/or facilities. As an owner or manager. Conduct frequent drills to ensure that all employees know what to do under stressful conditions. first aid. If your business is remote from medical facilities. known hazards and how to control the hazards. • no employee should undertake a job that appears unsafe. Arrangements for this training can be made through your local Red Cross chapter. Also. Consider retaining a local doctor or an occupational health nurse on a part-time or asneeded basis for advice on medical and first aid planning. SUPERVISORS AND MANAGERS I I To fulfill the above requirements. depending upon the types of hazards in your workplace. your insurance carrier. Then verify that they really understand what you taught them. heating and ventilating operations and any corrosive materials areas to make sure the required eyewash facilities and showers are operational. Ensure that your procedure for reporting injuries and illnesses is understood by all employees. but you must be prepared to deal with medical emergencies or health problems connected to your workplace.

gov/recordkeeping/index.html or refer to 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1904 for the specific exceptions. safety and health meetings. I INJURY/ILLNESS RECORDS Train your supervisors to understand all the hazards faced by the employees and how to reinforce training with quick reminders and refreshers. training sessions. illnesses and property losses can serve the same purpose. they are more likely to get hurt. Because they are learning new operations. costs. Retain these records for at least five years. if they are used in the same way. including those legally required for workers’ compensation. and aid efficient review of your current safety and health activities for better control of your operations and to plan improvements. The primary purpose of OSHA-required recordkeeping is to retain information about accidents that have happened to help determine the causes and develop procedures to prevent a recurrence. A good place to post it is next to the OSHA Workplace Poster. information distributed to employees.4 million establishments. service. Prepare a supplementary record of occupational injuries and illnesses for recordable cases on OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report). and keep it posted until May 1. Make sure that your top management staff understand their safety and health responsibilities and how to hold subordinate supervisory employees accountable for theirs. I Documenting Your Activities Document your activities in all elements of the Four-Point Workplace Program. Post it no later than February 1. or with disciplinary action if necessary. 2. as are a number of specific industries in the retail. insurance and real estate sectors that are classified as low-hazard. OSHA recordkeeping can help the small business employer evaluate the success of safety and health activities. Records of accidents. Essential records. so you might consider expanding your own records to include all Safety and Health Recordkeeping Records of sales. Periodically review these records to look for any patterns or repeat situations. profits and losses are essential to all successful businesses. OSHA rules for recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses affect 1. Detailed information about OSHA recordkeeping rules can be found at http://www. finance. for insurance and other audits. and medical arrangements made.11 jobs. The OSHA recordkeeping system has five steps: 1. Maintaining essential records also will demonstrate sound business management as supporting proof for credit applications. Every year. Basic OSHA recordkeeping requirements address only injuries and illnesses.osha. 4. prepare an annual summary using OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). Obtain a report on every injury or job-related illness requiring medical treatment (other than basic first aid). 3. 5. Small businesses with 10 or fewer employees throughout the year are exempt from most of the requirements of the OSHA recordkeeping rules. Success can be measured by a reduction or elimination of employee injuries and illnesses during a calendar year. Occupational Safety and Health Administration . related injuries. Keeping records of your activities. Record each injury or job-related illness on OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) using the instructions provided. is greatly encouraged. They enable the owner or manager to learn from experience and to make corrections for future operations. for showing “good faith” in reducing any proposed penalties from OSHA inspections. insurance audits and government inspections must be maintained as long as the actual need exists or as required by law. These records can help you to identify high-risk areas that require your immediate attention. such as policy statements.

EXPOSURE RECORDS AND OTHERS In addition to injury/illness records. Safety councils. The employer is required to report to OSHA within eight hours of the accident. all work-related fatalities or multiple hospitalizations that involve three or more employees. including those where no injury or illness resulted. you may be selected by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) or a related state agency for inclusion in an annual sample survey. As you identify hazards. They should not be considered merely as bookkeeping.12 incidents. insurance carriers and others can assist you in instituting such a system. You will receive a letter directly from the agency with instructions. you will be able to determine whether these requirements apply to your workplace. certain OSHA standards require records on the exposure of employees to toxic substances and hazardous exposures. Your records should be used in conjunction with your control procedures and with your self-inspection activity. if you are selected. Even if your business is exempt from routine recordkeeping requirements. OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . This information may assist you in pinpointing unsafe conditions and/or procedures. physical examination reports and employment records.

You must display the Federal or state OSHA poster in your workplace. Next you need to determine how and when each step will be done and who will do it. has current jurisdiction over your business. You need to have a copy of all OSHA standards that apply to your type of business available for reference. You have a better picture of what constitutes a good safety and health One of the first things to learn is which branch of government. identify and eliminate conditions or practices that could result in injuries and illnesses. Ask for Help Federal occupational safety and health law allows a state to develop and operate its own occupational safety and health program in place of the Federal OSHA program. Once your plan is designed. and be willing to take on the responsibility and accountability that goes with operating an effective program. This poster is also available in Spanish (Job Safety and Health Protection OSHA 3167). The consultant will work with you to develop a plan for making these improvements and to keep your program effective. a phone call to your state Consultation Program will help get you started. you have been taking notes for your action plan as you reviewed the preceding description of the Four-Point Program. personnel specialist. contact the nearest OSHA Area Office to find out. It is possible that the regulatory aspect of the law (setting of mandatory minimum standards and conducting inspections of workplaces) is being operated by your state government as opposed to Federal OSHA. have the time to develop and manage the program. Sometimes it will be a plant manager or key supervisor. You will need certain Federal OSHA publications (or comparable state publications) for use in your safety and health activities. (See Appendix D.OSHA 3165. You should now be ready to decide what you want to accomplish and to determine what steps are necessary to achieve your goals.osha. such as: I Job Safety and Health Protection .) I Occupational Safety and Health Administration . The action plan described in this section provides the most direct route to getting yourself organized to complete the Four-Point Program outlined in the previous section. You will then have a program to anticipate. Hopefully. Whoever you choose should be committed to workplace safety and health. OSHA standards that apply to your business. Then. longlasting worker protection. The rewards for your efforts will be an efficient and productive workplace with a low level of loss and injury. A state consultant will survey your workplace for existing or potential hazards. Now you can address the practical concerns of putting these elements together and coming up with a program to suit your workplace. Federal or state. If you are not sure what agency is responsible for administering workplace safety and health in your state. he or she will determine what you need to make your safety and health program effective. It could even be an engineer. (See www. Who can ensure that the program will become an integral part of your business? In many cases it will be you. many publications are available from your state on-site Consultation Program or from OSHA that spell out in greater detail the steps you can take to create an effective safety and health program for your workplace. Decide to Start Now The time to start your safety and health management system is now. Your plan should consider your company’s immediate needs and provide for ongoing. Whether you choose to work with a consultant or to develop your program yourself. The individual will need your full cooperation and support. or other staff member. the owner. but the ultimate responsibility for safety and health in your workplace rests on you. If you have difficulty deciding where to begin.STARTING A SAFETY AND HEALTH MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: Creating a Plan You can use this handbook to create a basic plan of action for starting a safety and health management system at your business. 13 Designating Responsibility You must decide who in your company is the most appropriate person to manage your safety and health system. it is important to follow through and use it in the workplace. if you request it.

If you are involved with construction or maritime operations. You may want a copy of this legislation for reference. This initial surI After gathering facts. and review your losses. I Organize the Workplace Poor housekeeping can contribute to low morale and sloppy work. Make an alphabetical list of all employees. I I Start Gathering Specific Facts About Your Situation Before making changes in your safety and health operations. etc. Examine ongoing activities as well as those tried previously. General help with this kind of problem identification can often be obtained from compensation carriers. showing the date hired.) I vey should focus on evaluating workplace conditions with respect to safety and health regulations and generally recognized safe and healthful work practices. guidelines for proper work practices and procedures. company policy statements. The second major activity is to assess your existing safety and health program and identify areas that work well and those that need improvement. Accident and injury/illness history. too many employees taking too much time off due to illness or injury. See the SelfInspection Checklists (at pages 18-39). etc. and experience and training. 2. Equipment. trade asso- OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . and discussing safety and health problems with employees. provide proper waste containers. Get rid of unecessary items. maintenance activities. too many damaged products. provide adequate lighting. This information can help you identify problems and determine what is needed to solve them. Get everyone involved and impress upon employees that you want to make your workplace safer. Special attention should be given to inspection schedules. A comprehensive safety and health survey of your entire facility will identify any existing or potential safety and health hazards. Safety and health activities. use the appropriate state standards. more healthful and more efficient. You should include the following in this review: I Recordkeeping requirements and the necessary forms. You should gather as much information as you can that relates to safety and health management in your workplace. see if any major problem areas emerge such as interruptions in your normal operations. types of injuries. local safety councils. their job descriptions. store flammables properly. and records of training programs. to help you get a good start on creating this initial survey. Your workplace assessment should be conducted by the person responsible for your safety and health management system and/or a professional safety and health consultant. you will need the standards that apply to these classifications.14 Standards are the regulations that OSHA uses to inspect for compliance and should be the baseline for your inspections in determining what to do when hazards are identified. Most businesses fall under OSHA’s General Industry Standards. mark aisles and passageways. List your major equipment. you should gather information about the current conditions and business practices that comprise your safety and health program. Review first-aid cases and workers’ compensation insurance payments and awards. what it is used for and where it is located. rules (both work and safety). Compare your insurance rate with others in your group. and plant and office layouts. observing employee work habits and practices. (In states with state-run occupational safety and health programs. etc. Give special attention to recurring accidents. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. It should include checking on the use of any hazardous materials. Employee capabilities. Most safety action programs start with an intensive cleanup campaign in all areas of the workplace. The assessment consists of two major activities: 1. make sure exits are not blocked.

These points are crucial to a safe and healthful workplace for you and your employees. Where no standard exists. Prescribing PPE for protecting employees against the hazard and ensuring that they not only use it. The ultimate success of your safety and health program will depend on their support. Make sure your program assigns responsibility and accountability to all employees in your organization. administrative. The best way to create a safe and healthful workplace is to institute the Four-Point Program discussed at page 8 of this handbook. engineering. Abating the hazard by limiting exposure or controlling it at its source. Establish and regularly conduct a worksite analysis. This means that you must take the time to analyze what you want to accomplish and develop an action plan in order to attain your goals. I I I Establish and provide ongoing training for employees. Make safety and health duties clear and hold every individual accountable for his or her safety. creative problem-solving and consultant resources may help you create effective controls. This is an ongoing process that includes routine selfinspections. You will be building the foundation for a successful safety and health program. carries responsibility for his or her part of the program. major suppliers or similarly situated businesses in the same industry. The first step is to designate a person to be responsible for your safety and health program. Develop and Implement Your Action Plan Developing an action plan to build a safety and health program around the four points can serve as a “road map” to take your program to where you Occupational Safety and Health Administration . supervisors and managers to ensure that everyone at your worksite can recognize hazards and how to control them. making it more difficult for accidents to occur and for workrelated health problems to develop. from you through the supervisory levels to the line worker. A good safety and health program makes it clear that each and every employee.and health-related duties. They are most in contact with the potential and actual safety and health hazards at your worksite and will have constructive input on the development of your program. includes: I Establish a Four-Point Safety and Health Program The success of any workplace safety and health program depends on careful planning. but that they know how to use it correctly. work practice and PPE. The hierarchy of controls is engineering. Whenever feasible. see what can be done to solve it. the material or the facility. These will help start your program off on the right track. Establish your management commitment and involve your employees. Eliminating the hazard from the machine. in order of preference. Now it is time to develop a comprehensive safety and health program to avoid any major problems in the future. A successful safety and health program depends on an accurate identification of all the hazards and potential hazards in your workplace. don’t stop there. Create systems and procedures to prevent and control hazards identified through your worksite analysis. The basic formula for controlling workplace hazards. Even if you find no major problems. the method. you can work on the corrective action or a plan to control the problem.15 ciations. state agencies. Take immediate action and make a record of what you have done. administrative or work practice controls should be instituted even if they do not eliminate the hazard or reduce exposure. Once a problem is identified. If you discover a major problem. No safety and health program will work without this commitment and involvement. Involve your employees as widely as possible from the beginning. Training personnel to be aware of the hazard and to follow safe work procedures to avoid it. Refer to the recommended actions to take in the Worksite Analysis paragraph at page 9. OSHA standards can be helpful because they address controls in order of effectiveness and preference. From this standpoint. Use of such controls in conjunction with PPE will help reduce the hazard or exposure to the lowest practical level. you can design a step-by-step process to take you from the idea stage to an effective safety and health management system.

Ensure that it is realistic. the local safety council. A good action plan has two parts: 1. a state consultant can assist you in this area. A worksheet to help you design an overall action plan and describe specific action steps appears in Appendix A. the smoother your transition will be. state and Federal agencies. manageable and addresses the steps you have planned for that item. a safety and health program is a plan put into practice. who is responsible and where you want to be when you finish. reduce your safety and health risks. Technical assistance may be available to you as a small business owner or manager through your insurance carrier. You may gain increased respect in your community. Take a careful look at each component of your safety and health program to determine what is working well and what changes are needed. Each item should be prioritized. Keep in mind that you can work on more than one item at a time and that priorities may change as other needs are identified or as your company’s resources change. Any necessary improvements can be turned into new safety and health objectives for the coming year. have a target date for completion and identify who is responsible for implementation. but is not ironclad. Developing new action plans to implement these improvements will continue progress toward an effective safety and health program. the logical order in which to do it. Open communication with your employees is crucial to the success of your efforts. including what you want to accomplish. Once a plan is established. Their cooperation depends on them understanding what the safety and health program is all about. put it into action. Remember. who will be assigned to do what and a schedule for completion. OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . injury or workplace fatality. Any good management system requires periodic review. and increase efficiency and profit. An action plan tells you what has to be done. The more you do to involve them in the changes you are making. including the state on-site Consultation Programs and closest OSHA Area Office. why it is important to them and how it affects their work. The best way to evaluate the success of your safety and health program is to have documentation of what you have done. A detailed description of the steps required will help you keep track of your progress. beginning with the highest priority item. The tangible and intangible rewards for a solid safety and health program far outweigh the cost of an accident. but you should be pleased with the results. It describes problems and solutions. You may save money through increased productivity and reduced workers’ compensation insurance costs. Establishing a quality safety and health management system will take time and involve some resources.16 want it to be. Once again. Employees will feel reassured because of your commitment to their safety and health on the job. Keep your program on track by periodically checking its progress and by calling on a state consultant when you need assistance. 2. A specific plan to implement each major change or improvement. Putting your action plan into operation at your workplace will be a major step toward implementing an effective safety and health program. A list of major changes or improvements to make your safety and health program effective. Remember that it is important to document your activities. suppliers of your durable equipment and raw materials. the steps required. which provides guidance on how you can make it work even better. your fellow businesspeople. An action plan can and should be changed to correspond with changes in the workplace. and many local.

and process and equipment information to build a foundation to help you determine what problems exist. cleaning methods. institute the control procedures described at page 9 and establish your four-point safety and health program. spills. adjusting. labeling. grounding. tools. floor loads. exhausting. employee information. it will be easier for you to determine the actions needed to solve these problems. special fixtures. breakers. material handling and storage methods. Self-inspection is essential if you are to know where probable hazards exist and whether they are under control. not a definitive statement of what is mandatory. switches. purchasing standards. belts. Hand and Power Tools – purchasing standards. protective clothing and equipment. couplings. These checklists are by no means all-inclusive and not all of the checklists will apply to your business. I 17 Building and Grounds Conditions – floors. leakage and spillage. insulation. alarms. work space. or adjusting machinery. national electric code compliance. personnel assigned. effectiveness. Fire Prevention – extinguishers. schedules. switch-boxes. remote areas. exits. grounding. gears. controls. handling. Remember that a checklist is a tool to help. Don’t spend time with items that have no application to your business. shafts. maintenance. circuits. conditions. lighting for tools and equipment. storage areas. type of clothing. controls. natural and artificial ventilation and exhausting. toxicity or other harmful effects. Lighting – type. transportation. junctions. inspection. storage. training for material handling equipment. platforms. objects. use and handling. work areas. supervision. Write down what you see or don’t see and what you think you should do about it. separation of flammable materials and dangerous operations. sprockets. flywheels. Shipping and Storage – equipment. aisles. Make sure that each item is seen by you or your designee and leave nothing to memory or chance. maintenance. PPE. Personnel – training. diffusion. oiling. driveways. Housekeeping Program – waste disposal. repair. methods for cleaning.SELF-INSPECTION The most widely accepted way to identify hazards is to conduct safety and health inspections because the only way to be certain of an actual situation is to look at it directly from time to time. experience. layout. heights. chains. Machinery – points of operation. feeding. intensity. pulleys. location. training. key ways. extensions. This section includes checklists designed to assist you in self-inspection fact-finding. amounts used. job planning. Use checklists only for guidance. methods of checking machines before use. walls. work practices. smoking rules. grounding. temperature. sprinklers. fuses. The checklists can give you some indication of where to begin taking action to make your business safer and more healthful for all of your employees. humidity. then expanding your self-inspection checklists over time to fully cover all areas that pertain to your business. oiling. controls. ceilings. projection of materials. stairs. Receiving. Chemicals – storage. tool storage. motors. walkways. Add information from your completed checklists to injury information. location. including hazard identification training. exits. Once the hazards have been identified. warning signs. as you use the OSHA standards in your problem-solving process. brakes. frames. use of guards. glare and shadow control. You might want to start by selecting the areas that are most critical to your business. lockout/tagout. Begin a program of self-inspection in your own workplace. tools. Heating and Ventilation – type. hazard communication requirements. types. materials. I Occupational Safety and Health Administration . Electricity – equipment. Then. ramps. explosion-proof fix- I I I I I I I Self-Inspection Scope Your self-inspections should cover safety and health issues in the following areas: I I Processing. disposals.

e. room capaciJ Are signs loading. You should add to them or delete items that do not apply to your business. carefully consider each item and then make your decision.? SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM proJ Do you have an active safety and health safety gram in operation that includes general and health program elements as well as the management of hazards specific to your worksite? J Is the required OSHA Job Safety and Health Protection Poster displayed in a prominent location where all employees are likely to see it? numbers posted J Are emergency telephone found in case of where they can be readily emergency? be exposed to J Where employees mayphysical agents. include escape procedures and routes. Transportation – motor vehicle safety. or other harmful radiation or substances posted where appropriate? I J Is the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A) posted during the months of February. recording all work performed on the machinery and by training personnel on the proper care and servicing of the equipment.toxic substances or harmful has J Is one person clearly responsible for the safety and health program? have a safety committee or J Do youup of management and laborgroup made representatives that meets regularly and reports in writing on its activities? OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . however. Evacuation Plan – establish and practice procedures for an emergency evacuation. maintenance. air pressure tanks. employee accounting following an evacuation. standards observed. (Note: These checklists are typical for general industry but not for construction or maritime industries. size. First-Aid Program/Supplies – medical care facilities locations. fire. waste disposal and training of personnel. seat belts. assignment of responsibility. purchasing methods. You should refer to OSHA standards for specific guidance that may apply to your work situation. etc. PPE – type. March and April? RECORDKEEPING I I or J Are occupational injuriesonlyillnesses. exposures to xties.) EMPLOYER POSTING J Have arrangements been made to retaineach records for the time period required for specific type of record? (Some records must be maintained for at least 40 years. repair. floor ray.g. age.18 tures in hazardous locations. safe driver programs. critical plant operations. method of assignment. except minor injuries requiring first aid. training in care and use. liquefied petroleum gas tanks.. as required by OSHA standards? Self-Inspection Checklists These checklists are by no means all-inclusive. chemical/biological incidents. posted emergency phone numbers. vehicle maintenance. I Maintenance – provide regular and preventive maintenance on all equipment used at the worksite. appropriate information concerning employee access to medical and exposure records and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) been posted or otherwise made readily available to affected employees? concerning exit routes.) operating J Areitems suchpermits and records up-to-date for as elevators. microwave. rescue and medical duties and ways to report emergencies. storage. rules of use. biohazards. recorded as required on the OSHA 300 log? records and records of J Are employee medical hazardous substances employee exposure to or harmful physical agents up-to-date and in compliance with current OSHA standards? I J Are employee training records kept and accessible for review by employees. accessible first-aid kits. bomb threat.

prophylaxis and follow-up requirements of the Bloodborne Pathogens standard with respect to “exposure incidents. indicating that they are adeby a quate for a particular area or operation? J Is there a hospital.19 J Do you have a working procedure to handle in-house employee complaints regarding safety and health? advised of efforts and J Are your employees the safety and health proaccomplishments of gram made to ensure they will have a workplace that is safe and healthful? incentives for employees J Have you consideredexcel in reducing workor workgroups who place injury/illnesses? MEDICAL SERVICES AND FIRST AID an exposure incident J If employees have hadpathogens. air and water pressure periodically as required? maintenance of automatic sprinkler sysJ Is the assigned to responsible persons or to a tems sprinkler contractor? metal guards J Are sprinkler heads protected bydamage? if exposed to potential physical Occupational Safety and Health Administration . J Is your local fire department familiar with your facility. J If you have aand tested annually?is it certified as required have interior standpipes J If youinspected regularly? and valves. ” as defined by the standard.aare they at least once year and on routine preventive maintenance schedule? J Are fire doors and shutters in good operating condition? shutters unobstructed J Are fire doors andobstructions. (2) the employer must comply with post-exposure evaluation. had hepatitis B vaccination made available to them. clinic.first aid kits easily accessible to periodically inspected and replenished as needed? first aid kits and supplies been approved J Havephysician. are they have J If youflushedoutside privateafire hydrants. was an iminvolving bloodborne mediate post-exposure medical evaluation and follow-up provided? personnel for J Are medicalconsultationreadily availableemployadvice and on matters of ees’ health? J Are emergency phone numbers posted? fully supplied J Areeach work area. 1992. (3) the employer must train designated first aid providers about the reporting procedure. including and protected against their counterweights? J Are fire door and shutter fusible links in place? water J Are automatic sprinkler systemcheckedcontrol valves. and have available and understand how to use appropriate PPE to protect against exposure to bloodborne diseases?* *Pursuant to an OSHA memorandum of July 1. (4) the employer must offer to initiate the hepatitis B vaccination series within 24 hours to all unvaccinated first aid providers who have rendered assistance in any situation involving the presence of blood or other potentially infectious materials. or infirmary for medical care near your workplace or is at least one employee on each shift currently qualified to render first aid? J Is there an eye-washorstation or sink available for quick drenching flushing of the eyes and body in areas where corrosive liquids or materials are handled? FIRE PROTECTION who are expected to J Have all employees emergencies as part of respond to medical their job responsibilities received first aid training. had appropriate training on procedures to protect them from bloodborne pathogens. employees who render first aid only as a collateral duty do not have to be offered pre-exposure hepatitis B vaccine only if the employer includes and implements the following requirements in his/her exposure control plan: (1) the employer must record all first aid incidents involving the presence of blood or other potentially infectious materials before the end of the work shift during which the first aid incident occurred. including universal precautions. its location and specific hazards? fire alarm system.

face. debrisfrom the worksite stored safely and removed promptly? OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES .. sanitary and orderly? dry and appropriate J Are work surfaces kept the surfaces are slipmeans taken to assure resistant? liquids. corrosive. or other J Are protective gloves. or burns? lenses J Are employees who wear correctivewith harm(glasses or contacts) in workplaces ful exposures required to wear only approved safety glasses.employeesPPE been i. PPE J Is allreadymaintained in a sanitary condition and for use? J Are food or beverages consumed only in areas where there is no exposure to toxic material. J Are all spilled hazardous materials or infecincluding blood and other potentially tious materials.required where employmeans provided and ees could be cut or where there is reasonably anticipated exposure to corrosive liquids. chemicals. or use other medically approved precautionary procedures? aprons. or penetrating actions? respirators J Are approvedCFR 1910. for the definition of “other potentially infectious materials. abrasions. cleaned up immediately and according to proper procedures? and waste J Is combustible scrap. what is necessary for job tasks. or poisonous substances. providedexists?worn where danger of falling objects J Are hard hats periodically inspected for damage to the shell and suspension system? protection J Is appropriate footfoot injuriesrequired where there is the risk of from hot. falling objects.. blood.osha. protective goggles.1030(b).g. blood. ” and J Are hard hats required. blood or other potentially infectious materials? GENERAL WORK ENVIRONMENT J Are all worksites clean. and how to properly wear and adjust it? protective goggles or face shields providJ Areand worn where there is any danger of flyed ing particles or corrosive materials? glasses required J Are approved safetyareas where thereto berisk worn at all times in is a of eye injuries such as punctures. shields. head. hand.20 J Is proper clearance maintained below sprinkler heads? J Are portable fire extinguishers provided inin adequate number and type and mounted readily accessible locations? Pathogens standard. contusions.e. or other potentially infectious materials? See the OSHA Bloodborne J Areorappropriate procedures in place to dispose of decontaminate PPE contaminated with.whenand other equipment provided and used cleaning up spilled hazardous materials? J Are fire extinguishers recharged regularly with this noted on the inspection tag? J Are employees periodically instructed in the use of fire extinguishers and fire protection procedures? PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING J Has the employer determined whether hazards that require the use of PPE (e. or foot protection) are present or are likely to be present? J If hazards or the likelihood of hazards are found. or reasonably anticipated to be contaminated with. are employers selecting appropriate and properly fitted PPE suitable for protection from these hazards and ensuring that affected employees use it? both the employer and the J Have trained on PPE procedures. or other potentially infectious materials? effects of occupationJ Is protection against thesound levels exceed al noise provided when those of the OSHA Noise standard? PPE J Are adequate work procedures. 29 CFR 1910. eye. when workers need crushing.134provided when needed? (See 29 for detailed information on respirators or check OSHA’s website at www.

1030). etc. state and local regulations? combustible dust rouJ Are accumulations ofelevated surfaces includtinely removed from ing the overhead structure of buildings. or similar operations arranged so employees will not be subjected to potential hazards? provided J Is adequate headroomwalkway? for the entire length of any aisle or J Are standard guardrails provided wherever aisle or walkway surfaces are elevated more than 30 inches (76. cleaned regularly? the minimum number of toilets and J Are facilities provided and maintained in washing a clean and sanitary fashion? by a cover.20 centimeters) above any adjacent floor or the ground? bridges J Are hazards?provided over conveyors and similar FLOOR AND WALL OPENINGS J Are covered metal waste cans used for oily or paint-soaked waste? oil and gas-fired J Are allfailure controls todevices equipped with flame prevent flow of fuel if pilots or main burners are not working? J Are paint spray booths.000 pounds (9.sufetc.072 kilograms) when located in roadways and subject to vehicle traffic? or wall openings in J Are floor provided with doorsfire-resistant construction or covers compatible with the fire rating of the structure and J Are all work areas adequately illuminated? J Are pits and floor openings covered or otherwise guarded? spaces been evaluated for J Have all confined29 CFR 1910. to possible impact.21 defined in J Is all regulated waste. J Is thesubjectin windows. and to truck rear axle load of at least 20.) WALKWAYS J Are aisles and passageways kept clear and marked as appropriate? J Are wet surfaces covered with non-slip materials? holes the floor.that pass near moving or welding operations. etc. or equivalent on stairways or ladder entrances)? J Are toeboards installed around the edges of permanent floor openings where persons may pass below the opening? withstand a J Areatskylight screens able to kilograms)? load of least 200 pounds (90. trench covers similar J Are manholetheir supports designedandcarry a covers. covered. discarded according to Federal. of ficient thickness and type for the condition of use? or J Are gratessuchsimilar type covers over floor openings as floor drains designed to allow unimpeded foot traffic or rolling equipment? unused portions of service pits and J Are in use either covered or protected bypits not guardrails or equivalent? covers. a J Are floor openings guardedall sides (except at guardrail...146? (Permitcompliance with required confined spaces. orwalking otherwise made safe? J J Is there safe clearance for walking in aisles where motorized or mechanical handling equipment is operating? Are materials or equipment stored in such a way that sharp projections will not interfere with the walkway? Occupational Safety and Health Administration .7 glass doors. asstandard (29the OSHA CFR Bloodborne Pathogens 1910. sidewalk.human glass walls. dip tanks.? cleaned up vacuum J Is combustible dustsuspension ofwith a particles system to prevent dust in the environment? prevented from J Is metallic or conductive dustor around electrientering or accumulating on cal enclosures or equipment? J Are spilled materials cleaned up immediately? J Are changes of direction or elevations readily identifiable? aisles or walkways J Areoperating machinery. or other J Are surfaceinrepaired properly.

6576 meters) or less of vertical rise? angle no J Do stairsdegrees? more than 50 and no less than 30 treads J Are stairs of hollow-pan typethe panand landings filled to the top edge of with solid material? signs posted.70word “EXIT” in lettering at least 5 inches centimeters) high and the stroke of the lettering at least l/2inch (1. when J Are elevated surface loadappropriate. collapsing.08 centimeters) of the top edge in any downward or outward direction? or stairways exit directly any J Where stairsvehicles may be operated. but could are neither exits nor access be mistaken for exits. rolling. passagewaysto exits.into adearea where are quate barriers and warnings provided to prevent employees from stepping into the path of traffic? J Are all exits amarked with an exit sign and illuminated by reliable light source? immediJ Are the directions to exits.16centimeter) toeboards? J Are step risers on stairs uniform from top to bottom? J Are steps slip-resistant? J Are stairway handrails located between 30 inches (76.36 centimeters) above the leading edge of stair treads? J Is a permanent means of access and egress provided to elevated storage and work surfaces? J Is required headroom provided where necessary? elevated surfaces J Is materialinon manner to preventpiled. ” “TO BASEMENT. or spreading? when J Are dock boards or bridge plates usedand transferring materials between docks trucks or railcars? EXITING OR EGRESS . applied a load of 200 pounds within 2 inches (5.6576 meters) or landings 12 feet less? ELEVATED SURFACES handrails J Do standardatstair rails orrisers? on all stairways have least four J Are all stairways at least 22 inches (55. or racked a it from tipping.20 centimeters) provided dard guardrails? all elevated beneath which peoJ Are or machinerysurfacesbe exposed to falling ple could objects provided with standard 4-inch (10. stacked. appropriately marked “NOT AN EXIT. ” “STOREROOM.2700 centimeters) wide? J Are exit doors side-hinged? OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES .88 centimeters) wide? stairs not less than J Do incheshave landing platformsthe direction 30 (76.20 centimeters) in of travel and extend 22 inches (55.7 kilograms). marked with visible or stairways that J Are doors. ” etc.EVACUATION J Do stairway handrails have at least 3 inches (7.20 centimeters) and 34 inches (86.34 centimeters)? capable of withstanding J Are stairway handrails(90. when notsigns? ately apparent. is a platform provided of the door does not reduce the width of the platform to less than 21 inches (53.22 provided with a self-closing feature when appropriate? STAIRS AND STAIRWAYS landings have a J Do stairwaydirection of traveldimension measat least equal to ured in the the width of the stairway? vertical between stairway J Is thelimited todistance(3.62 centimeters) of clearance between the handrails and the wall or surface they are mounted on? directly on a J Where doors or gates open so the swing stairway. showing the capacity? than 30 J Are surfaces that are elevated more with staninches (76.? the J Are exit signs labeled with(12. falling.88 centimeters) in width at every 12 feet (3.

3048 meter) vertical and 12 feet (3. doors. pits. or rooms where from the absence of a second exit would increase the risk of injury from hot. or that are broken. or other area where vehicles be operated. storm frameless glass doors.80 kilograms) or less in the direction of the exit traffic? J Are doors on cold storage rooms provided with an inside release mechanism that will release the latch and open the door even if the door is padlocked or otherwise locked on the outside? exit J Where alley. J Are allbetween maintainedsidegood tight. flammable. or guarded? prohibited from J Are employees barrels. are the doors fully tempered and meet the safety requirements for human impact? EXIT DOORS ladders in condition.6576 meters) horizontal? exiting will be through J Where glass exit doors. and moveable parts operating freely without binding or undue play? non-slip safety J Arerung ladder. or explosive substances? is installed J Where panic hardware it allow the on a to door required exit door. door proJ Is a revolving. poisonous. have missing steps. is ramp to 1 foot (0. or other faulty equipment? J Are employees instructed notastoause the top step of ordinary stepladders step? Occupational Safety and Health Administration . all joints steps and rails hardware and fittings securely attached. andfeet provided on each metal or are ladder rungs and steps free of grease and oil? employees prohibited from placing ladJ Are in front of doors opening toward thealadder der unless the door is blocked open. locked.23 J Are all exits kept free of obstructions? least two means of egress provided J Are atelevated platforms.doors open directly onto any may street. are adequate barriers and warnings provided to prevent employees from stepping into the path of traffic? doors in both directions J Are locatedthat swingrooms where thereandfreare between is quent traffic provided with viewing panels in each door? PORTABLE LADDERS J Are there sufficient exits to permit prompt escape in case of emergency? precautions taken to protect J Are special during construction and repair employees operations? J Is the number of exits from each floor of a building and the number of exits from the building itself appropriate for the building occupancy load? that are J Are exit stairwaysparts of arequired to be separated from other building enclosed by at least 2-hour fire-resistive construction in buildings more than four stories in height. etc. or other placing ladders on boxes. and not less than 1-hour fire-resistive construction elsewhere? as required exitJ Where ramps are usedthe part ofslope limited ing from a building. unstable bases to obtain additional height? that are required to serve exits J Are doorsand constructed so that theaspath of designed exit travel is obvious and direct? J Are windows that could be mistaken for exit doors made inaccessible by means of barriers or railings? the J Are exit doors able to be opened from of a key direction of exit travel without the use or any special knowledge or effort when the building is occupied? sliding. corrosive.. cleats. suffocating.serving asoraoverheadexit door? hibited from required J Are employees required to face the ladder when ascending or descending? ladders J Are employees prohibited from usingrungs. broken side rails. will open by applying a force of 15 pounds (6.

prohibited from using ladders as skids. braces. etc.Do Not marked with signs reading “CAUTION Use Around Electrical Equipment” or equivalent wording? employees J Areguys. saws and safety guards? provided with appropriate tools used with J Are power attachments.48 centimeters) centerspaced at 12 to center? HAND TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT J Are all tools and equipment (both company and employee-owned) used at the workplace in good condition? J Are hand tools. gin poles.9144 meters) above the elevated surface? tool J Are tool cutting edges kept sharp so theskipwill move smoothly without binding or ping? J Are employees required to secure the base of a portable rung or cleat type ladder to prevent slipping. by guards.. or for other than their intended purposes? only adjust extenJ Are employees instructed toat a base (not sion ladders while standing while standing on the ladder or from a position above the ladder)? J Are tools stored in abedry. or recommended the manufacturer? equipped with J Are portable circular sawsthe base shoe? guards above and below to J Are circular saw guards checked theensure that they are not wedged up. does the ladder always extend at least 3 feet (0.? J Are metal ladders inspected for damage? the rungs of ladders uniformly J Areinches (30. leaving lower portion of the blade unguarded? or moving parts of equipment J Are rotatingprevent physical contact? guarded to cord-connected.. axes and similar equipment replaced promptly? J J Are worn or bent wrenches replaced? appropriate J Are tools? handles used on files and similar J Are employees aware of hazards caused by faulty or improperly used hand tools? safety glasses. pulleys. face J Are appropriate using hand tools or shields. roofs.24 J When portable rung ladders are used to gain access to elevated platforms. used while equipment that might produce flying materials or be subject to breakage? jacks checked periodically to J Are in good operating condition? ensure they are J Arealltool handles wedged tightly into the heads of tools? J Are portable fans provided with full guards or screens having openings 1/2 inch (1. as proper shields. punches. chains equipment such as concrete mixers. secure location where they cannot tampered with? face protection used J Is eye andor tempered studs or when driving hardened nails? PORTABLE (POWER OPERATED) TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT similar equipment J Are grinders. etc. electrically operated J Are alland equipment effectively grounded or tools of the approved double insulated type? guards in place J Are effectiveand sprockets onover belts.3175 centimeter) of the wheel? OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . or otherwise lash or hold it in place? legibly J Are portable metal ladders.2700 centimeters) or less? available and used J Is hoisting equipmentand are hoist ratingsfor lifting heavy objects. air compressors. etc. and characteristics appropriate for the task? ground-fault J Areall temporary circuit interrupters provided on electrical 15 and 20 ampere circuits used during periods of construction? and hydraulic hoses J Are pneumatic checked regularly foron poweroperated tools deterioration or damage? ABRASIVE WHEEL EQUIPMENT GRINDERS J Is the work rest used and kept adjusted to within 1/8 inch (0. which develop mushroomed heads during use. etc. reconditioned or replaced as necessary? Are broken or fractured handles on hammers.. such as chisels.

78 centimeters) by centimeters) with bold face type reading “POWDER-ACTUATED TOOL IN USE” conspicuously posted when the tool is being used? tools J Are powder-actuatedused? left unloaded until they are ready to be J Are manually operated valves and switches controlling the operation of equipment and machines clearly identified and readily accessible? J Are all emergency stop buttons colored red? and 7 feet (2. set up and servicing. J Do sideand 75 percentthethe wheelnut and flange of diameter? J Are bench and pedestal grinders permanently mounted? J Are goggles or face shields always worn when grinding? J Is the maximum revolutions per minute (rpm) rating of each abrasive wheel compatible with the rpm rating of the grinder motor? tools inspected J Are powder-actuatedeach day before for obuse? structions or defects have and J Do powder-actuated tool operatorshats.6350 centimeters) of the wheel? guards cover spindle.25 side J Is the adjustable tongue on the topwithinof the 1/4 grinder used and kept adjusted to inch (0. material handling and waste removal? machinery securely placed J Is equipment andprevent tipping or other and anchored to movement that could result in personal injury? a power J Is thereoperator’s shut-off switch within reach of the position at each machine? electric power to each J Canfor maintenance.40inches (17.machine be locked out or security? of J Are the noncurrent-carrying metal partsand electrically operated machines bonded grounded? arJ Are foot-operated switches guarded or by perranged to prevent accidental actuation sonnel or falling objects? J Is cleanliness maintained around grinders? POWDER-ACTUATED TOOLS J Are employees who operate powder-actuated tools trained in their use and required to carry a valid operator’s card? powder-actuated tool stored in J Is eachcontainer when not being used?its own locked sign at least 7 J Is a10 inches (25. repair. safety use appropriate PPE such as hard goggles. safety shoes and ear protectors? MACHINE GUARDING a training program to instruct employJ Is theresafe methods of machine operation? ees on to ensure that J Is there adequate supervision machine operatemployees are following safe ing procedures? J Are fixed ortopermanently mounted grinders connected their electrical supply system with metallic conduit or other permanent wiring method? grinder J Does each switch? have an individual on and off control J Is each electrically operated grinder effectively grounded? J Are new abrasive wheels visually inspected and ring tested before they are mounted? and proJ Are dust collectorsused powered exhaustsprovided on grinders in operations that duce large amounts of dust? on grinders that J Are splash guards mountedcoolant from reachuse coolant to prevent the ing employees? J Is there a regular program of safety inspection of machinery and equipment? J Is all machinery and equipment kept clean and properly maintained? around and J Is sufficient clearance provided safe operabetween machines to allow for tions.1336 J Are all pulleys floorbelts within level properly meters) of the or working guarded? J Are all moving chains and gears properly guarded? Occupational Safety and Health Administration .

air. or J When machineoperator to leave the control size require an station and part of the machine could move if accidentally activated.) be reenergy (mechanical. hydraulic. configuration. leased or blocked before equipment is locked out for repairs? employees provided J Are appropriatepersonal safety locks? with individually keyed employees required to keep personal conJ Are of their key(s) while they have safety locks trol in use? required J Is itthe hazardthat only the employee exposed to can place or remove the safety lock? required employees safety J Is itthe lockoutthat attempting acheck theafter of by startup making sure no one is exposed? instructed J Are employeesstop button to always push the control circuit prior to re-energizing the main power switch? provided to identify any or J Is there a meansare working on locked-out all employees who equipment by their locks or accompanying tags? sufficient number J Are a or tags and safety of accident prevention signs padlocks provided for any reasonably foreseeable repair emergency? operations. servicing. is air pressure controlled and PPE or other safeguards utilized to protect operators and other workers from eye and body injury? with a J Are fan blades protectedl/2 inchguard having openings no larger than (1. is a safeshutprocedure locked out and job established and rigidly followed? J J Are machines constructed so as to be free from excessive vibration when the largest size tool is mounted and run at full speed? If machinery is cleaned with compressed air. J Are provisions made to prevent machines from automatically starting when power is restored after a power failure or shutdown? for equipment does J If the power disconnect electrical control cirnot also disconnect the cuit. is the part required to be separately locked out or blocked? lines cannot be down.1336 meters) of the floor? used for ripping equipped J Are sawsdevices and spreaders? with antikickback arm saws J Are radial will gently so arranged that the cutting head return to the back of the table when released? LOCKOUT/TAGOUT PROCEDURES J Is all machinerytoorbeequipment capable of movement required de-energized or disengaged and blocked or locked out during cleaning. rotating parts. barrels andinterlocked guarded by an enclosure that is with the drive mechanism so that revolution cannot occur unless the guard enclosure is in place? and mandrels have firm and J Do arborsand are they free from play? secure bearings. are the appropriate electrical enclosures identified and is a means provided to ensure that the control circuit can also be disconnected and locked out? of control circuits J Is the locking outpower disconnectsinstead of locking out main prohibited? equipment control valve handles J Are allwith a means for locking out? provided that stored J Does the lockout procedure requireetc. tor’s hands? containers J Are revolving drums.26 on machines that J Are splash guards mountedcoolant from reachuse coolant to prevent the ing employees? protect the J Are methods providedintothe machine operator and other employees area from hazards created at the point of operation.2700 centimeters) when operating within 7 feet (2. J If equipment ortagged. or setting up operations? OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . ingoing nip points. flying chips and sparks? guards secure and J Are machinecause a hazard whilearranged so they do not in use? are used for placing and J If special hand toolsdo they protect the operaremoving material. adjusting.

acetylene generators. valves. ined for obvious signs of defects. are shields used to confine heat. CUTTING AND BRAZING J Are only authorized and trained personnel permitted to use welding. cutting. OR OPEN LIGHTS.. green black for inert gas and air hoses? pressure-reducing regulators used only J Are gas and pressures for which they are in-for the tended? of arc welding J Is open circuit (no-load) voltage possible and and cutting machines as low as not in excess of the recommended limits? are automatic J Under wet conditions. stairs. J Are cylinders. covered with damp sand.voltage used? controls for reducing no-load J Is grounding of the machine frame and safety ground connections of portable machines checked periodically? J examJ Are compressed gas cylinders regularlyrusting. J Before and gas released? is the valve closed J Are cable connectors adequately insulated? to be J When the objecthazardswelded cannot be moved and fire cannot be removed. deep or leakage? used in handling J Is caresafety valves. regulators. the equivalent? cylinder valves.ofregulators. sparks and slag? watchers assigned when welding or J Are fireis performed in locations where a sericutting ous fire might develop? J Are combustible floors kept wet. manifolds) used? from sources J Are cylinders kept awaygangways? of heat and elevators. etc.and apparatuses couplings. pressure reducing valves. to prevent damage? precautions to prevent the mixture J Areair or oxygen takenflammable gases. hoses kept free oily or greasy substances? J Are electrodes removed from the holders when not in use? required that electric power to the welder J Is itshut off when no one is in attendance? be J Is suitable fire extinguishing equipment available for immediate use? to J Is the welder forbidden hiscoil or loop welding electrode cable around body? machines J Are wetuse? thoroughly dried and tested before electrode lead cables J Are work and wear and damage. handles.27 WELDING. except of with at a burner or in a standard torch? J Are only approved apparatuses (torches. reliefand storage of cylinders. NO ” or SMOKING. or J Is it prohibited to use cylinders as rollers or supports? J Are empty cylinders appropriately marked and their valves closed? J Are signs posted reading “DANGER. MATCHES. or protected by fire-resistant shields? personnel J Areshock whenprotected from possible electrical floors are wet? precautions combustibles J Arethe other sidetaken to protectwhen welding on of metal walls is underway? Occupational Safety and Health Administration . or wrenches on stem valves when in service? gases stored J Are liquefiedvalve covers inand shipped valveend up with place? crack a fuel J Are employees trained never to of ignition? gas cylinder valve near sources a regulator is removed. or brazing equipment? Does each operator have a copy of and follow the appropriate operating instructions? the acetylene J Is red used to identifyfor the oxygen(and other hose and fuel-gas) hose. andfrequently inspected for replaced when needed? J Is care taken not to drop or strike cylinders? J Are regulators removed and valve-protection caps put in place before moving cylinders. unless they are secured on special trucks? without fixed J Do cylindersnon-adjustablewheels have keys.

ignite. cutting. tankssubstances conthat tainers thoroughly cleaned of could explode.28 and other J Are used drums. back. or produce toxic vapors before hot work begins? compressed air for J When usingwear protective chipcleaning. the pressure locked out? warn of the automatic J Are signs postedoftothe compressors? starting feature belt drive system totally enclosed to J Is theprotection for the front. springloaded safety valves? total relieving the safety J Is the able to preventcapacity ofin the receiver valve pressure from exceeding the maximum allowable working pressure of the receiver by more than 10 percent? with a J Is every airatreceiver provided for the drain pipe and valve the lowest point removal of accumulated oil and water? J Are safety devices on compressed air systems checked frequently? pressure system is reJ Before aiscompressor’s bled off and the system paired. are environmental monitoring tests done and means provided for quick removal of welders in case of an emergency? COMPRESSORS AND COMPRESSED AIR J Are safety chains or other suitable locking devices used at couplings of high-pressure hose lines where a connection failure would create a hazard? air is used to empty conJ Before compressedthe safe working pressure tainers of liquid. equipped so as uncontaminated air enters the compressor? J Are air filters installed on the compressor intake? operated and lubricated in J Are compressorsthe manufacturer’s recomaccordance with mendations? receiver J Is everyand one orequipped with a pressure gauge more automatic. are employees trained to reduce the pressure to less than 10 pounds per square inch (psi)? J Are compressed air receivers periodically drained of moisture and oil? all safety valves tested at J Aredetermine whether they areregular intervals to in good operating condition? J Is there a current operating permit? inlet air receivers and piping systems J Is thefree ofofaccumulated oil and carbonaceous kept materials? OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . helmets. is of the container checked? compressed air is used with abrasive J Whencleaning equipment. do guarding and employees PPE? J employees exposed to the hazards created J Arewelding. is the operating blast valve a type that must be held open manually? compressed air is to inflate auto J Whenare a clip-on chuck usedan inline regulatires. and tor preset to 40 psi required? prohibited from J Are employeesclean up or move using compressed air to combustible dust if such action could cause the dust to be suspended in the air and cause a fire or explosion hazard? COMPRESSORS/AIR RECEIVERS J Are compressors equipped with pressure relief valves and pressure gauges? air intakes installed and J Are compressorto ensure that only clean. top and provide sides? employees J Are compressedstrictly prohibited from directing air towards a person? J Are employees prohibited from using highly compressed air for cleaning purposes? J When compressed air is used to clean clothing. hand shields and goggles meet appropriate standards? tected with PPE and clothing? adequate J Is a check made for or cutting ventilation in and where welding is performed? J When working in confined places. or brazing operations proby Do eye protection. barrels.

falling. or with a collar or recess to protect the valve? cylinders legibly J Are type of gas? marked to clearly identify the gas cylinders stored in areas J Are compressedexternal heat sources such as protected from flame impingement.1336 meters) of the floor. gong. or rolling? gas J Are cylinders containingaliquefied fuelthat the stored or transported in position so safety relief device is always in direct contact with the vapor space in the cylinder? placed on J Are valve protectors always not in use cylinders when the cylinders are or connected for use? rated load each hoist J Is thevisible to theofoperator? legibly marked and stops J Aretrolley provided at the safe limits of travel for hoists? plainly J Are the controls of hoiststravel or marked to indicate the direction of motion? J Is each cage-controlled hoist equipped with an effective warning device? or other suitable deJ Are close-fitting guardshoist to ensure that vices installed on each hoist ropes will be maintained in the sheave grooves? chains or J Are all hoistfull range ofropes long enough to handle the movement of the application while maintaining two full wraps around the drum at all times? points or contact J Are guards provided for nipand sheaves perpoints between hoist ropes manently located within 7 feet (2. or any other defect that might indicate a weakness or render them unfit for service? the periodic check of low-pressure fuel J Doescylinders include a close inspection of the gas cylinders’ bottoms? HOIST AND AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT J Is the operator instructed to avoid carrying loads above people? INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS . when the cylinder is empty and completion of each job? checked J Are low-pressure fuel gas cylindersdistortion. intense radiant heat. or working platform? chains J Are employees prohibited from usingand pro-or rope slings that are kinked or twisted hibited from using the hoist rope or chain wrapped around the load as a substitute for a sling? J Are all valves closed off before a cylinderatisthe moved. or high-temperature lines? located or stored in areas J Are cylindersbe damaged by passing orwhere they will not falling objects or subject to tampering by unauthorized persons? cylinders or transported a manJ Are to preventstored from creating ainhazard by ner them tipping.FORKLIFTS J Is each overhead electric hoist equipped with a limit device to stop the hook at its highest and lowest point of safe travel? each hoist automatically and hold J Will load up to 125 percent ofstoprated load if any its its actuating force is removed? employees properly trained in the use J Are type of industrial truck they operate? of the J Are only trained personnel allowed to operate industrial trucks? overhead protective equipment J Is substantialhigh lift rider equipment? provided on the required J Areand enforced?lift truck operating rules posted indusJ Is directional lighting provided on each less trial truck that operates in an area with than 2 footcandles per square foot of general lighting? truck have a warning J Does each industrial or other device that can horn. whistle. be clearly heard above normal noise in the areas where it is operated? Occupational Safety and Health Administration . ground.29 COMPRESSED GAS CYLINDERS J Are cylinders with a water weight capacity over 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) equipped with a means to connect a valve protector device. periodically for corrosion. electric arcs. general cracks.

paint storage areas? J Is the spray area kept clean of combustible residue? booths of metal. J Are spray or otherconstructed noncombustimasonry. at (6.that operate where flammable gases. substantial ble material? J Are unauthorized employees prohibited from riding on trucks? from driving up J Are operators prohibited of a fixed object?to anyone standing in front J Are arms and legs kept inside the running lines of the truck? handled J Areofloadstruck? only within the rated capacity the J Are trucks in need of repair removed from service immediately? SPRAYING OPERATIONS J Are spray booth floors and baffles noncombustible and easily cleaned? kept out of the J Is infrared drying apparatusoperations and is spray area during spraying the spray booth completely ventilated before using the drying apparatus? J Is the electric drying apparatus properly grounded? fixtures for spray booths located J Are lightingbooth with the interior lighted outside the through sealed clear panels? motors for J Are the electric or ducts? exhaust fans placed outside booths J Are belts and pulleys inside the booth fully enclosed? J Do ducts have access doors to allow cleaning? J Do all drying spaces have adequate ventilation? ENTERING CONFINED SPACES J Is adequate ventilation provided before spraying operations are started? J Is mechanical ventilation provided when spraying operations are performed in enclosed areas? is J When mechanical ventilationso provided during spraying operations. as acids or caustics. combustible dust. is it arranged that it will not circulate the contaminated air? of J Are confined spaces thoroughly emptiedsuch any corrosive or hazardous substances.30 the brakes industrial truck capable J Arebringing the on eachto a complete and safe vehicle of stop when fully loaded? parking brake the industrial truck J Does thethe vehicle fromofmoving when unatprevent tended? trucks J Are industrial vapors.096 meters) least sparks. paint rooms. or ignitable fibers may be present approved for such locations? spray surfaces and J Is the20 feetarea free of hotfrom flames. operating electrical motors and other ignition sources? illuminate spray J Are portable lamps usedatohazardous location? areas suitable for use in J Is approved respiratory equipment provided and used when appropriate during spraying operations? cleaning have a J Do solvents used for Fahrenheit (deg. whether loaded or empty? J Are fire control sprinkler heads kept clean? signs posted in J Are “NO SMOKING”paint booths and spray areas.flash point to 100 degrees F) or more? J Are motorized hand and hand/rider trucks designed so that the brakes are applied and power to the drive motor shuts off when the operator releases his or her grip on the device that controls the truck’s travel? trucks with J Are industrialare operatedinternal combustion engines that in buildings or enclosed areas carefully checked to ensure that such operations do not cause harmful concentrations of dangerous gases or fumes? safe distances maintained from J Areelevated ramps and platforms? the edges of prohibited from J Are employeeselevated portionsstanding or passing under of trucks. before entry? OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES .

? to chemicals in the J Is employee exposure acceptable levels? workplace kept within J Can a less harmful method or product be used? J Is the work area ventilation system appropriate for the work performed? J Are spray painting operations performed in spray rooms or booths equipped with an appropriate exhaust system? to conJ Is employee exposureusewelding fumes expotrolled by ventilation. torches lighted only outside the confined area and the confined area tested for an explosive atmosphere each time before a lighted torch is taken into the confined space? J If employees will be using oxygen-consuming Occupational Safety and Health Administration . which may cause harm by inhalation.31 lines to a confined contain J Are alltoxic. etc. such as ammonia. identified? hazards J Are employees aware of thethey may involved with the various chemicals be exposed to in their work environment. toxic subto stances and explosive concentrations in the confined space before entry? provided for the J Is adequate illuminationconfined space? work to be performed in the inside the confined space J Is the atmosphereor continuously monitored frequently tested during work? equipped J Is there a trained and outside thestandby employee positioned confined space. is it possible for vehicle exhaust or carbon monoxide to enter the space? ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROLS J Are all work areas properly illuminated? J Are employees instructed in proper first aid and other emergency procedures? J Are hazardous substances. or skin absorption or contact. in a confined space. furnaces. chlorine. or space thatmaterials corrosive inert. epoxies. etc. sure time limits. whose sole responsibility is to watch the work in progress. of respirators. ingestion. flammable.. caustics. torches. agitators. are hoses checked for leaks.5 percent by volume? used J Whenever combustion-type equipment is to in a confined space. or other means? J Is all portable electrical equipment used inside confined spaces either grounded and insulated or equipped with ground fault protection? compressed gas J Are confined space? bottles forbidden inside the J Before gas welding or burning is started in a confined space. valved off and blanked or disconnected and separated before entry? impellers. J Are alland equipment insideor other moving parts confined spaces locked out if they present a hazard? ventilation J Is either natural or mechanicalentry? provided prior to confined space appropriate atmospheric tests performed J Arecheck for oxygen deficiency. is sufficient air provided to assure combustion without reducing the oxygen concentration of the atmosphere below 19. blood and other potentially infectious materials. are provisions made ensure the exhaust gases are vented outside of the enclosure? decaying J Is each confined space checked for may provegetation or animal matter which duce methane? for possible J Is the confined space checkedcontain toxic industrial waste which could properties? J If the confined space is below ground and near areas where motor vehicles will be operating. sound an alarm if necessary and render assistance? standby employee appropriately J Is theequipped to handle an emergency?trained and J Are employees prohibited from entering the confined space without lifelines and respiratory equipment if there is any question as to the cause of an emergency? equipment J Is approved respiratorythe confinedrequired if the atmosphere inside space cannot be made acceptable? equipment such as salamanders.

.32 welders J Arewith flashand other nearby workers providshields during welding operaed tions? other vehicles in buildJ If forklifts andenclosed areas. and are ducts not plugged and belts not slipping? physical J Are employees’ assigned capacities assessed to jobs requiring before they are heavy work? employees instructed in J Are for lifting heavy objects? the proper manner heat is a problem. etc. used and maintained wherever required? written standard J Are there the selection andoperating procedures for use of respirators where needed? J J Is all water provided for drinking.g.. all fixed work J Wherebeen provided with have cooling or air areas spot conditioning? J Are employees screened before ifassignment to areas of high heat to determine their health might make them more susceptible to having an adverse reaction? working on streets and roadJ Are employeesexposed to the hazards of traffic ways who are required to wear bright colored (traffic orange) warning vests? stacks and air intakes located J Are exhaustcontaminated air will not be re-so that nearby circulated within a building or other enclosed area? J Is equipment producing ultraviolet radiation properly shielded? precautions observed where J Are universalexposure to blood or other pooccupational tentially infectious materials can occur and in all instances where differentiation of types of body fluids or potentially infectious materials is difficult or impossible? FLAMMABLE AND COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS waste J Are combustible scrap.)? J Is PPE provided. parts cleaning tainers when not use tanks. including combustion? tanks used to J Are approved containers andand combustible store and handle flammable liquids? connections J Are allpiping. saws and other machinesindustriproduce respirable dusts vented to an al collector or central exhaust system? systems deJ Are all local exhaust ventilationflow and volsigned to provide sufficient air ume for the application. vapor on drums and combustible liquid and liquid tight? kept in closed conJ Are all flammableinliquids(e. asbestos)warn of hazardous and biohazards (e. washing and cooking potable? J Are all outlets for water that is not suitable for drinking clearly identified? Are restrooms and washrooms kept clean and sanitary? OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES .g.are usedcarbon ings or other are the monoxide levels kept below maximum acceptable concentration? been a J Hasinthere facilitiesdetermination that noise levels the are within acceptable levels? taken to J Are steps beingexcessiveuse engineering controls to reduce noise levels? J Are proper precautions being taken when handling asbestos and other fibrous materials? labels and signs used to J Are cautionsubstances (e. to prevent airborne asbestos fibers. bloodborne pathogens)? methods used. silica dust and similar hazardous materials? examined and J Are engineering controlsscheduled basis?maintained or replaced on a J Is vacuuming with appropriate equipment used whenever possible rather than blowing or sweeping dust? that J Are grinders. J Are wet the emission ofwhen practicable. etc.) stored in metal receptacles and promptly removed from the worksite? practiced to J Is proper storagespontaneousminimize the risk of fire.. pans.g. debris and covered materials (oily rags.

048 meters) of any inside storage area for such materials? J Are all employees required to use personal protective clothing and equipment when handling chemicals (gloves.g. emptying.? exposure J Is employeelevels? to chemicals kept within acceptable showers J Are eye-wash fountains and safety chemicals provided in areas where corrosive are handled? such as vats. etc..)? toxic J Are flammable or whenchemicals kept in closed containers not in use? chemical piping J Aretheir content? systems clearly marked as to J Where corrosive liquids are frequently handled in open containers or drawn from storage vessels or pipelines. phenols. Class C .. respirators. maintained and tagged at intervals not to exceed one year? J Are all extinguishers fully charged and in their designated places? Occupational Safety and Health Administration .Flammable liquid. epoxies. Class B .33 of flammable liquids grounded J Are bulk drumscontainers during dispensing? and bonded to flammable and comJ Do storage rooms forexplosion-proof lights bustible liquids have and mechanical or gravity ventilation? handled J Is liquefiedinpetroleum gas stored. labeled as to e. gas or grease fires. etc. J Are all containers.Ordinary combustible material fires. practices and used accordance with safe and standards? signs on liquefied J Are “NO SMOKING” and inpostedwhere flampetroleum gas tanks areas mable or combustible materials are used or stored? liquefied petroleum J Areprevent damage fromstorage tanks guarded to vehicles? and flammable liquids J Are all solvent wastescovered containers until kept in fire-resistant. etc. are adequate means readily J Are extinguishers free from obstructions or blockage? J Are all extinguishers serviced.or vent the development of excessive vacuum pressure as a result of filling. eye protection. caustics. or atmosphere temperature changes? equipped with J Are storage tanksrelieve excessiveemergency venting that will internal pressure caused by fire exposure? J Are rulesofenforced in areas involving storage and use hazardous materials? HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL EXPOSURE aware of the potential hazards J Are employeessafe handling practices for situand trained in ations involving various chemicals stored or used in the workplace such as tanks. they are removed from the worksite? used whenever possible J Is vacuuming or sweeping combustiblerather than blowing dust? firm separators placed between containers J Arecombustibles or flammables that are stackof ed one upon another to ensure their support and stability? are J Where sprinkler systemsheadspermanently or so directed installed. J Are appropriate fire extinguishers mounted within 75 feet (22. bases.86 meters) of outside areas containing flammable liquids and within 10 feet (3.their contents. are the nozzle arranged that water will not be sprayed into operating electrical switchboards and equipment? safety cans used J Arecombustible liquidsfor dispensingofflammable or at the point use? J Are all spills of flammable or combustible liquids cleaned up promptly? J Are storage tanks adequately vented to pre. “CAUSTICS”? J Are fuel gas cylinders and oxygen cylinders separated by distance and fire-resistant barriers while in storage? fire extinguishers selected J Arethe types of materials in theand provided for areas where they are to be used? Class A .Energized-electrical equipment fires.

including instituted for hazardous safe handling practices and the use of respirators and ventilation systems? are hazardous substances J Whenever possible. labeling and employee training? substance J Is each container for a hazardousetc.exhaust ventilation vapors. sanitized and maintained? J If internal combustion engines are used. spray painting.. storage tanks. smoke. or sensitization of the skin? considered having an industrial J Have you or environmental health specialist hygienist evaluate your operation? J J Is PPE used and maintained whenever necessary? written standard J Are there the selection andoperating procedures for use of respirators where needed? program. nausea. vats. is carbon monoxide kept within acceptable levels? than blowing or J Is vacuuming used rather possible for cleanup? sweeping dust whenever toxic. clean and sanitary location. gases. buffing. designed and exhausted handled in properly booths or similar locations? general dilution or local J Do you usesystems to control dusts. irritation. where applicable? J If hazardous substances are used in your processes. or anesthetic stored in remote or isolated locations when not in use? HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES COMMUNICATION used in J Is there a list of hazardous substancesavailable your workplace and an MSDS readily for each hazardous substance used? written J Is there a currentexposureexposure control plan for occupational to bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious materials. explanation of “A Right to Know”. J If you have a respirator protection the correct are your employees instructed on usage and limitations of the respirators? Are the respirators National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)approved for this particular application? Are they regularly inspected. do you have a medical or biological monitoring system in operation? you familiar with the threshold limit values J Arepermissible exposure limits of airborne conor taminants and physical agents used in your workplace? procedures been J Have appropriate controlmaterials. identification of where an employee can see I J Is operational ventilation equipment provided for removal of contaminants from production grinding. cleaned. solvents. J Are materials that give offfumes asphyxiant. with product identity and a hazard warning (communication of the specific health hazards and physical hazards)? an employee training program J Is there substances that includes: for hazardous I an explanation of what an MSDS is and how to use and obtain one.34 available for neutralizing or disposing of spills or overflows and performed properly and safely? operating procedures established J Are standard being followed when cleaning up and are they chemical spills? J Do employees complain aboutordizziness. suffocating. or mists that may be generated in your workplace? J Is there a written hazard communication program dealing with MSDSs. irritation. and are they adequate for emergencies? Are employees prohibited from eating in areas where hazardous chemicals are present? J Is there a dermatitis problem? Do employees complain about dryness. of discomfort when they use solvents or other chemicals? J Are respirators stored in a convenient.e. fumes. other factors headaches. bottles. and/or vapor degreasing? I I OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . MSDS contents for each hazardous substance or class of substances.) labeled (i.

an explanation of the employer’s exposure control plan and the means by which employees can obtain a copy of the written plan. proper use. an explanation of the appropriate methods for recognizing tasks and the other activities that may involve exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials. and an explanation of signs. removal.35 the written hazard communication program. proper use. 120 volt alternating current (AC) circuit at locations where construction. an explanation of the basis for selection of PPE. information on the types. or adjusted. information on the hepatitis B vaccine. polishers. selection. vending grounded? I I I I I J Do extension cords have a grounding conductor? J Are multiple plug adaptors prohibited? ground-fault circuit J Areeach temporary 15 orinterrupters installed on 20 ampere. engineering controls and PPE. including how to use the labeling system and MSDSs. I I J Are employees trained in: I how to recognize tasks that might result in occupational exposure. maintained. location. an explanation of the use and limitations of methods that will prevent or reduce exposure. handling. and who to contact and what to do in an emergency. Occupational Safety and Health Administration . an explanation of the modes of transmission of Bloodborne Pathogens. locked out or tagged. and their limitations. sary switches opened. how to obtain information on the types. cleaners. I I information on post-exposure evaluations and follow-up. information on the appropriate actions to take and persons to contact in an emergency involving blood or other potentially infectious materials. how to use work practice. labels and color coding. an explanation of the procedure to follow if an exposure incident occurs. location of physical and health hazards in particular work areas and the specific protective measures to be used. work practices and PPE. and details of the hazard communication program. handling. a general explanation of the epidemiology and symptoms of bloodborne diseases. location. whenever possible? and equipment J Are portable electrical toolsinsulated type? grounded or of the double as vacuum J Are electrical appliances suchmachines. including appropriate engineering controls.. ELECTRICAL J Does the employee training program on the bloodborne pathogens standard contain the following elements: I I an accessible copy of the standard and an explanation of its contents. demolition. removal. including the methods of reporting the incident and the medical follow-up that will be made available. I I I I I I require compliance with OSHA J Do youfor all contract electrical work? standards required to report any obviJ Are all employeesor property in connection ous hazard to life with electrical equipment or lines as soon as possible? I J Are employees instructed to make preliminary inspections and/or appropriate tests to determine conditions before starting work on electrical equipment or lines? are to be J When electrical equipment or linesare necesserviced. etc. decontamination and disposal of PPE. decontamination and disposal of PPE. modifications.

hand-lines or metallic thread woven into the fabric prohibited where they could come in contact with energized parts of equipment or circuit conductors? J Are disconnectingofswitches for electrical to motors in excess two horsepower able open the circuit when the motor is stalled without exploding? (Switches must be horsepower rated equal to or in excess of the motor rating. provided with tight-fitting covers or plates? cord. etc. underground. drilling. cable J Are alland secure? and raceway connections intact locations. or plates? wiring and cords frayed J Are exposed insulation repairedwithreplacedor deteriorated or promptly? J clamps or other securing means provided J Areflexible cords or cables at plugs.) determined before digging.) protection provided in the J Is low voltagemotors driving machines orcontrol device of equipment that could cause injury from inadvertent starting? switch or circuit J Is each motor disconnectingof the motor conbreaker located within sight trol device? motor J Is eachor is thelocated within sight of its controller controller disconnecting means able to be locked open or is a separate disconnecting means installed in the circuit within sight of the motor? controller that exceeds J Is thehorsepowerfor each motor or above the two rated equal to rating of the motor it serves? J Is the use of metal ladders prohibited where the ladder or the person using the ladder could come in contact with energized parts of equipment.. and is the cord jacket securely held in place? Are flexible cords and cables free of splices or taps? J Are electrical enclosures such as switches. ropes. plugs. equipment. are J In wet or damp appropriate forelectrical tools and equipment the use or location or otherwise protected? lines J Is the location of electrical powerunder and cables (overhead. floor. or similar work is begun? metal measuring J Aresimilar devices withtapes. other side of walls. fixtures.. etc. receptacles. receptaon cles. or excavations are being performed? J Are all temporary circuits protected by suitable disconnecting switches or plug connectors at the junction with permanent wiring? J Are all electrical raceways and enclosures securely fastened in place? J Are all energized parts of electrical circuits and equipment guarded against accidental contact by approved cabinets or enclosures? J Do you have electrical installations in hazardous dust or vapor areas? If so. or circuit conductors? J Are all disconnecting switches and circuit breakers labeled to indicate their use or equipment served? J Are employees who regularly work on or lines around energized electrical equipment or instructed in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)? employees prohibited from J Areenergized lines or equipmentworking alone on over 600 volts? J Are disconnecting means always opened before fuses are replaced? interior wiring systems include proviJ Do allfor grounding metal parts of electrical sions raceways. etc. do they meet the National Electrical Code (NEC) for hazardous locations? J Is sufficient access and working space provided and maintained around all electrical equipment to permit ready and safe operations and maintenance? openings (including conduit J Are all unusedelectrical enclosures and fittings knockouts) in closed with appropriate covers. equipment and enclosures? OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . tools. junction boxes.36 alterations.

or arcing fueling transfer of fuel operations? J Are noise levels measured with a sound level meter or an octave band analyzer and are records being kept? controls been used J Have engineeringnoise levels? Wheretoengireduce excessive neering controls are determined to be infeasible.containeralways metal and the fuel contact between the tank? J Have work areas where noise levels make difvoice communication between employees ficult been identified and posted? J Are fueling hoses designed to handle the specific type of fuel? J Are employees prohibited from handling or transferring gasoline in open containers? open lights.37 NOISE J health J Is there an ongoing preventivelevels ofprogram noise. or tapes located at reasonable intervals and at each outlet. valve. effects of noise on their health and the use of personal protection? Are there areas in the workplace where continuous noise levels exceed 85 decibels? is there J In fueling operations. or J Are equipment prohibited nearsparking. washing. or connection. and are all visible parts of the line so identified? pipelines are the J Whencode posted atidentified by color. the nozzles self-closing? IDENTIFICATION OF PIPING SYSTEMS J Is approved hearing protective equipment (noise attenuating devices) available to every employee working in noisy areas? J Have you tried isolating noisy machinery from the rest of your operation? ear are employees J If you use and protectors.arethe informaby name is tion readily visible on the pipe near each valve or outlet? substances J When pipelines carrying hazardousconstructed are identified by tags. isconfucolor all locations where sion could introduce hazards to employees? contents of pipelines identified J When theor name abbreviation. are administrative controls ( their use? properly fitted instructed high given periJ Are employees intestingnoise areas that you odic audiometric to ensure have an effective hearing protection system? FUELING piped J When nonpotable water ispostedthrough a facility. to educate employees in safe exposures. are outlets or taps to alert employees that the water is unsafe and not to be used for drinking. evaporated. are the tags of durable materials.. is each pipeline identified at points where confusion could introduce hazards to employees? are identified J When pipelines are the bandsby color painted bands or tapes. or are other measures taken to control vapors before restarting the engine? tank caps replaced J Are fuel the engine? and secured before starting Occupational Safety and Health Administration . open flames. worker rotation) being used to minimize individual employee exposure to noise? J Is smoking prohibited in the vicinity of fueling operations? fueling operations in J Areother enclosed areasprohibitednot buildings or that are specifically ventilated for this purpose? is J Where fueling or transfer of fuelare done through a gravity flow system. the message printed J Are employees prohibited from fueling an internal combustion engine with a flammable liquid while the engine is running? J Are fueling operations performed to minimize spillage? spillage occurs during fueling J When is the spilled fuel washed awayoperations. or other personal use? J When hazardous substances are transported through above-ground piping.e. completely.

ropes. chockers. fumes. or slings adequate for the job? that no one is J Are provisions made to ensureor equipment? below when hoisting material available to J Are MSDSssubstances? employees handling hazardous TRANSPORTING EMPLOYEES AND MATERIALS J Is there safe clearance for equipment through aisles and doorways? permanently marked J Are aisleways unhindered passage? and kept clear to allow J Are motorized vehicles and mechanized equipment inspected daily or prior to use? J Are vehicles shut off and brakes set prior to loading or unloading? of liquid combustibles or flamJ Are containersstacked while being moved. mables. topple. equipped with lamps. valves. in maincondition. when always protected by dunnage (packing material) sufficient to provide stability? when J Are dockorboards (bridge plates) usedtaking loading unloading operations are place between vehicles and docks? who on public J Do employees have operate vehicleslicenses? thoroughfares valid operator’s or employees are J When sevenin amore bus. and are tags installed at each valve or outlet? are heated by electricity. with at least a 4 B:C rating tained in each employee transport vehicle? tools or tools with sharp J When cutting passenger compartmentsedges are carried in of employee transport vehicles. or truck. are they placed in closed boxes or containers that are secured in place? employees on top J Areany load thatprohibited from riding otherof could shift. is regularly transported van. placed and arranged to allow employees to safely mount or dismount? employee transport vehicles equipped J Aretimes with at least two reflective-type at all flares? good J Is a fully charged fire extinguisher. steps.38 clearly and permanently. or similar devices. vapors. and to convey them to a suitable point of disposal? OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . stirrups. J When pipelines external source. windshields and turn signals. or other serviceable parts of the system? MATERIALS HANDLING J Are securing chains. are suitable steam. mists. or wise become unstable? CONTROL OF HARMFUL SUBSTANCES BY VENTILATION J J Are trucks and trailers secured from movement during loading and unloading operations? Are dock plates and loading ramps constructed and maintained with sufficient strength to support imposed loading? Are hand trucks maintained in safe operating condition? J of suffiJ Are chutes equipped with sideboardsbeing cient height to prevent the materials handled from falling off? and gravity roller J Are chutessecured to prevent sections firmly placed or displacement? provisions made to J Arethe handled materialsbrake the movementof of at the delivery end rollers or chutes? usually J Are palletsmoved? inspected before being loaded or devices J Are safety latches and othermaterialsbeing used to prevent slippage of off of hoisting hooks? and velocity of air J Is the volume sufficient to gatherin each exhaust system the dusts. or other warning signs or tags placed at unions. mirrors. brakes. and are they in good repair? J Are transport vehicles provided with handrails. the operator’s license appropriate for the class of vehicle being driven and are there enough seats? employees J Are vehicles used to transporthorns. or gases to be controlled.

personal protective clothing or unless it has been properly cleaned? J Are machines and equipment that process. materials.45 centimeters) of hose between the chuck and an in-line hand valve and gauge? the automatiJ Doesshuttire inflation control valve valve is cally off the air flow when the released? tire device such as a J Is aotherrestrainingmeans used while cage. handle. constructed and collapse or failure of any part of the system? or doors provided at J Are clean-out ports12 feet (3. explosion. could the combination of substances involved create a fire. is it done in a manner that will not contaminate non-regulated areas or the external environment? TIRE INFLATION J Is adequate makeup air provided to areas where exhaust systems are operating? source point for makeup J Is theonly clean.54 hose have a clip-on chuck with at inches (6. is from protective a street clean change room with a separate storage facility for street and protective clothing provided? J Are employees required to shower aand wash their hair as soon as possible after known contact with a carcinogen has occurred? equipment.6576 meters)intervals not to exceed in all horizontal runs of exhaust ducts? two or more different J Wherecontrolled through the operations are being same exhaust system.39 and plenums deJ Are exhaust inlets. free ofair located so that contaminants will enter the work environment? systems J Where two orismore ventilationsuch that serve a work area. or apply materials that could injure employees cleaned and/or decontaminated before being overhauled or placed in storage? from smoking or J Are employees prohibitedcontaminants are eating in any area where present that could be injurious if ingested? Occupational Safety and Health Administration . ductssupported to prevent signed. or effective inflating tires mounted on split rims or rims using retainer rings? standing J Are employees prohibited afrom while it is directly over or in front of tire being inflated? J Is required personal protective clothing or equipment able to be cleaned and disinfected easily? interchanging J Are employees prohibited fromequipment. fresh air. other items are J Wheninto or removed from aorcarcinogen-regtaken ulated area. or chemical reaction hazard in the duct? employees to change J When clothing intoare requiredclothing. rack. their operation one will not offset the functions of the other? SANITIZING EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING J Where tires are mounted and/or inflated on drop center wheels or on wheels with split rims and/or retainer rings. is a safe practice procedure posted and enforced? inflation J Does each tireleast 2.

the consultant will work with you to ensure they are corrected in a reasonable timeframe agreed upon by all parties. access compliance information. but which nevertheless may pose safety or health risks to your employees. In that case.40 ASSISTANCE IN SAFETY AND HEALTH FOR SMALL BUSINESSES OSHA Assistance OSHA’S OFFICE OF SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE OSHA created the Office of Small Business Assistance to help small business employers understand their safety and health obligations. Department of Labor. however. DC 20210. he or she will first meet with you in an opening conference to briefly review the consultant’s role and the obligations you incur as an employer. Most consultations take place on-site. your work schedule and the time needed for the consultant to prepare adequately to serve you. The consultant will then review detailed findings with you in a closing conference. (3) a conference with management on findings. The service is delivered at your workplace by state governments using well-trained professional staff. 200 Constitution Avenue. you and the consultant will examine conditions in your workplace. will not routinely be reported to the OSHA enforcement staff. provide guidance in regulatory standards. ON-SITE CONSULTATION Using the free and confidential on-site consultation service largely funded by the Federal OSHA. Talking with employees during the walkthrough helps the consultant identify and judge the nature and extent of specific hazards. At that time you can discuss problems. Your telephone call or letter sets the consulting machinery in motion. In rare instances. Better informed and alert employees can help you identify and correct potential injury and illness hazards in your workplace. It is also confidential. (4) a written report of recommendations and agreements. When the consultant arrives at your worksite for the scheduled visit. if you wish. Opening Conference. you must request it. this safety and health Consultation Program is completely separate from OSHA’s enforcement efforts. Primarily targeted for smaller businesses. plus any unsafe or unhealthful working conditions that the consultant uncovers. Room N-3700. OSHA’s Office of Small Business Assistance can be contacted by telephone at (202) 693-2220 or by writing to the U. In certain other situa- OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . and (5) training and assistance with implementing recommendations. If hazards are discovered. The consultant will discuss your specific needs and set up a visit date based on the priority assigned to your request. and to educate them about cost-effective means for ensuring the safety and health of worksites. (2) appraisal of the present job safety and health program or help in establishing one. Together.a commitment that you are expected to make prior to the actual consultation visit. and discuss applicable OSHA standards. the consultant may find an “imminent danger” situation during the walkthrough. Washington. Your only obligation will be to commit to correcting serious job safety and health hazards discovered -. you must take immediate action to protect employees. OSHA strongly encourages maximum employee participation in the walk-through. Since consultation is a voluntary activity. NW. The consultant also will point out other safety or health risks which might not be cited under OSHA standards. possible solutions and abatement periods to eliminate or control any serious hazards identified during the walk-through. as well. employers can find out about potential hazards at their worksites. You will learn not only what you need to improve but what you are doing right. Your name. He or she may suggest and even provide measures such as selfinspection and safety and health training that you and your employees can apply to prevent future hazardous situations. and even qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections. A comprehensive consultation also includes: (1) appraisal of all mechanical and environmental hazards and physical work practices. No inspections are triggered by using the Consultation Program and no citations are issued or penalties proposed. The consultant will study your entire workplace. Getting Started. or only those specific operations you designate. improve their occupational safety and health management systems. you may limit the visit to one or more specific problems. Walk-through. OSHA encourages a complete review of your firm’s safety and health situation. Closing Conference. though limited services away from the worksite are available.S. your firm’s name and any information you provide about your workplace.

In many states. I I I I I I The on-site consultants will not: I issue citations or propose penalties for violations of OSHA standards. He or she may also suggest other sources for technical help. of course. Abatement and Follow-through. Benefits. beginning with a comprehensive safety and health consultation visit. Employers who meet these specific SHARP requirements may be removed from OSHA’s programmed inspection list for one year. This type of referral is extremely rare. and agreement to request further consultative visits if major changes in working conditions or processes occur that may introduce new hazards. or by contacting OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs at the U. DC 20210. This program is designed to provide incentives and support to smaller. the consultant will send you a detailed written report explaining the findings and confirming any abatement periods agreed upon. Occupational Safety and Health Administration . Ultimately. phone (202) 693-2200. The on-site consultants will: I help you recognize hazards in your workplace. Knowledge of your workplace hazards and ways to eliminate them can only improve your own operations–and the management of your firm.41 tions–those that would be judged a “serious violation” under OSHA criteria–you and the consultant must develop and agree to a reasonable plan and schedule to eliminate or control that hazard. The consultant can help you establish or strengthen an employee safety and health program. once program criteria are smallbusiness/consult_directory. high-hazard employers to develop. OSHA does require hazard abatement so that each consultation visit achieves its objective–effective employee protection. report possible violations to OSHA enforcement staff. see the OSHA website at www. Following the closing conference. OSHA Area Office. suggest general approaches or options for solving a safety or health problem. The consultant may also contact you from time to time to check your progress. employers may participate in OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).osha. the situation must be referred from consultation to an OSHA enforcement office for appropriate action. provide you with a written report summarizing findings. may always contact him or her for assistance. You will get professional advice and assistance on the correction of workplace hazards and benefit from on-site training and assistance provided. 200 Constitution Avenue. NW. correction of all workplace safety and health hazards.html. identify kinds of help available if you need further assistance. SHARP provides recognition of employers who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in workplace safety and health. Room N-3700. The consultant will offer general approaches and options to you. I I For a list of consultation projects in each state. If you fail to eliminate or control identified serious hazards (or an imminent danger) according to the plan and within the limits agreed upon or an agreed-upon extension. adoption and implementation of effective safety and health management systems. guarantee that your workplace will “pass” an OSHA inspection. assist you in developing or maintaining an effective safety and health program. provide training and education for you and your employees. You. implement and continuously improve effective safety and health programs at their worksite(s).S. recommend you for a one-year exclusion from OSHA programmed inspections. making safety and health activities routine rather than crisisoriented responses. OTHER COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS Information about OSHA’s different cooperative programs is available from any OSHA Regional Office. Washington. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Department of Labor.

or contact the OSHA Publications Office. the OSHA Area Office will refer you to your state office which can provide all relevant information. OSHA Publications A single free copy of the following materials can be obtained from the OSHA Area or Regional Office. 200 Constitution Avenue. and promoting the national dialogue on occupational safety and health. information on the poster and recordkeeping requirements. “at least as effective as” the Federal OSHA Program. employees. OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . States with Approved Plans The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 encourages states to develop and operate their own job safety and health programs. Please visit http://www. Alliances focus on one or more of the following goals: training and education. OSHA STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (OSPP) OSPP is designed to enable groups of employers. See the list of OSHA-approved state plans at The state office also can provide you with further assistance. The Star Program is for worksites that have at least one year’s experience with an effectively implemented safety and health program. NW. Access to Medical and Exposure Records – OSHA 3110 All About OSHA – OSHA 3302 Asbestos Standard for the Construction Industry – OSHA 3096 Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) – OSHA 3120 Employee Workplace Rights – OSHA 3021 Employer Rights and Responsibilities Following an OSHA Inspection – OSHA 3000 (Spanish version 3195) Hand and Power Tools – OSHA 3080 Alliances are goal-oriented written agreements between OSHA and organizations to work together to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Department of Labor. Twenty-four states. U. voluntary. OSHA approves and monitors state plans and provides up to 50 percent of an approved plan’s operating costs. employees and employee representatives to partner with OSHA and enter into an extended. including directing you to the free. assist and recognize efforts to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of worker safety and health.osha. outreach and communications. Washington. states may have different or additional requirements parallel to those described in the Federal program. or call (202) 693-1888. cooperative relationship in order to encourage. Although many states have adopted standards and procedures identical to Federal standards. To determine which set of standards and regulations apply to you. you need to know whether you are covered by a state plan or subject to Federal OSHA. OSHA ALLIANCE PROGRAM These state plans operate under authority of state law and are required to be. on-site consultation services described above. DC /index. management and government to work together cooperatively to further the goal of providing effective safety and health protection in the workplace. Organizations include employers. The Star Demonstration Program is for worksites with programs at Star quality but with some aspect of their program that requires further study by OSHA. The Merit Program is for worksites working toward an effectively implemented program. or fax (202) 693-2498. N-3101. If you are subject to state enforcement. All participants work in partnership with OSHA and provide models for OSHA and for their industries.42 VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAMS (VPP) OSHA’s VPP provide an opportunity for labor. trade or professional groups. and special services available to small businesses. in structure and performance. such as whether the state is using the Federal standards. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands currently operate approved state plans.html. The VPP grant recognition to worksites that provide or are committed to providing effective protection for their employees through implementation of systematically managed safety and health programs. labor unions.oshaslc. call the OSHA Area Office nearest you. or (800) 321-OSHA to obtain this information. educational institutions and government agencies.

found at http://www. call (800) 321-OSHA. OSHA standards.osha-slc.00 Construction Industry Digest – OSHA 2202 Order No. can be purchased on CD-ROM from the U.osha.75 Internet—There is an enormous amount of compliance assistance information on OSHA’s website that can be useful to the small business owner. DC 20402. engineering. Samoa. Hazard Communication: A Compliance Kit – OSHA 3111 Order No. Small Business Administration (SBA) administers the Small Business Development Center Program to provide management and technical assistance to current and prospective small business owners. directives and additional information are also available at http://www. outreach. and technical assistance. production. To contact the VPPPA national organization. Include GPO Order Number and make checks payable to Superintendent of Documents. Services could include helping small businesses with and http://www.S.43 How to Plan for Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations – OSHA 3088 Job Safety and Health Protection Poster – OSHA 3165 Job Hazard Analysis – OSHA 3071 Model Plans & Programs for the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and Hazard Communications Standards – OSHA 3186 Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act – OSHA 2001 Personal Protective Equipment – OSHA 3151 Servicing Single-Piece and Multi-Piece Rim Wheels – OSHA 3086 The following publications are available from the assistance/index. 029-016-00215-4. 029-016-00200-6. All prices are subject to change by Virgin Islands. directives. interpretations.S. Government Printing Office.000 service centers across the country. interpretations. contact your nearest OSHA Area or Regional Office or call (800) 321-OSHA. Government Printing Office (GPO). phone toll-free (866) 512-1800. VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAMS PARTICIPANTS’ ASSOCIATION (VPPPA) For further information on any OSHA program.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration . VA 22043 (703) 761-1146 SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS The U. The VPPPA is willing to provide information. To contact your regional chapter of the VPPPA. Washington. Superintendent of Documents. Guam. Puerto Rico. Cost: $21. Cost: $8. with more than 1.html. The VPPPA has members in most states where the Federal OSHA program operates and in many states where state plans are in force. organization.00 Materials Handling and Storing – OSHA 2236 Order No. Emergencies—For life-threatening situations. and more. training. Members of these chapters also are willing to provide the kind of assistance provided by the national organization. call or write the OSHA Regional Office listed in the back of this publication for the address and telephone number of the chapter in your region. Your call will be directed to the nearest OSHA Area or state office for help. 029-016-00212-0. and mentoring to help worksites improve their safety and health programs. the District of Columbia. Other Sources of Assistance The VPPPA is a private organization made up of VPP participant companies.osha. Suite 440 Falls Church. and the U. please call (703) 761-1146 or write to the following address: Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association 7600 East Leesburg Pike. marketing. Superintendent of Documents. including standards. fax (202) 5122250. Chapters of the national association have been formed in most OSHA regions. Cost: $3.S. There is a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in every state. and technical problems. CD-ROM—A wide variety of OSHA materials. SBDC assistance is tailored to the local community and the needs of individual clients and designed to deliver up-to-date counseling. phone toll-free (866) 512-1800.

DC 20006 YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY If your employees are organized. TRADE UNIONS AND EMPLOYEE GROUPS Talk to your local doctors or clinics for advice on workplace medical matters on a consulting basis. many trade associations and employer groups have put a new emphasis on safety and health matters to better serve their members. set up some communications. private organizations. call (800) 667-2968 or write to: American National Red Cross National Headquarters Safety Programs 2025 E Street.cdc. find out if these groups are circulating their materials to nonmembers. Safety and health is one area where advance planning will produce action on common goals. to get coordinated action on hazards in your business. If there is no chapter nearby. Contact your carrier and see what it has to offer. and mailing information to enable small businesses to contact government agencies. Managers of small and medium-sized businesses need to know what services are available from these sources. conduct periodic inspections and visits to evaluate safety and health hazards. IL 60143-3201 PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS The following professional associations are an additional resource that may be able to provide assistance to you: American Society of Safety Engineers 1800 East Oakton Street Des Plaines. NIOSH has produced a useful guide.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NW Washington. (OSHA is a regulatory agency in the U. Safety and Health Resource Guide for Small Businesses. If you are a member of such a group. with telephone numbers. Contact your local Red Cross chapter for assistance in first-aid training. as well as many liability and fire insurance companies. The NIOSH toll-free phone number is (800) 356-4674. as you do in normal labor relations. Many trade unions have safety and health expertise that they are willing to share.44 NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (NIOSH) THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL AND LOCAL CHAPTERS NIOSH is a research agency in the U. IL 60018-2187 American Industrial Hygiene Association 2700 Prosperity Avenue Suite 250 Fairfax. e-mail and Internet addresses. NIOSH conducts research and makes recommendations to prevent work-related illness and injury. consultants. If you are not a member. Department of Labor). you can call or visit to see how you can use materials pertaining to your business. If you cannot identify a local chapter. as many do. Many local or university libraries contain information on specific safety and health subjects per- OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . VA 22031-4319 American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists 1330 Kemper Meadow Drive Cincinnati.S. and its website address is www. TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND EMPLOYER GROUPS Because of the increase in job safety and health awareness resulting from OSHA activities. If you have a local chapter of the NSC in your area. gov/niosh. and others who can help with occupational safety and health issues. find out how it is assisting its members. you can write to: National Safety Council 1121 Spring Lake Drive Itasca. WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CARRIERS AND OTHER INSURANCE COMPANIES The National Safety Council (NSC) has a broad range of information services available. OH 45240 SPECIFIC MEDICAL CONSULTATION Many workers’ compensation carriers.

Small Business Administration’s home page.firstgov. Ask your librarian what is available. You may wish to consult your own bank. since safety and health improvements can often be expensed or depreciated. Two basic publications of the National Safety Council will give you many sources of technical information. to read them and to submit their views. The library may be able to obtain materials for you through inter-library loan. http://www. or (2) do not provide a reasonable estimate of the cost to correct each condition. these listings may not be current.) http://www. contains excellent information on toxic materials and recommended health and hygiene practices.S.businesslaw. They fluctuate but are generally lower than you can obtain elsewhere. A helpful hint: if you decide to apply for an SBA loan. The second book.regulations. http://www. Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene. These materials are usually in reference rooms or technical subject A site to enable small business owners to find all Federal regulations that are open for comment. Both of these references list other sources at the end of each chapter that may help you in solving specific problems. experience indicates that most delays in processing SBA/OSHA loans are because applications (1) do not adequately describe each workplace condition to be corrected and identify one or more OSHA standards applicable to the condition to be corrected. FINANCING WORKPLACE IMPROVEMENT Interest rate information on SBA loans may be obtained from any SBA office. http://www. Don’t forget to check with your accountant at income tax time. The Accident Prevention Manual for Industrial Operations is a basic reference book for all safety and health work. Occupational Safety and Health Administration . purchase. The SBA is authorized to make loans to assist small businesses with meeting OSHA For help with understanding environmental regulations that relate to the operation of your It pays to shop around for loans. etc.assistancecenters.html This Internal Revenue Service website offers industry. The age and condition of the building and equipment are major factors to be Legal and regulatory information for small businesses by state. http://www.sba. safety hazards can be corrected without financial assistance.and profession-specific tax information and guidelines. In most cases.irs. Because SBA’s definition of a “small” business varies from industry to industry.45 taining to your business. ADDITIONAL WEB PAGES OF INTEREST TO SMALL BUSINESSES (Internet websites change The U. contact your local SBA field office to determine whether you A website for all agencies of the Federal government. Health hazards may be more costly to correct. http://www.

8. 6.46 Appendix A: Overall Action Plan Worksheet Major Action Steps to be Taken Priority (Assign each Step a Number) Projected Completion Date Actual Completion Date 1. 4. 9. OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . 7. 3. 2. 10. 5.

5. 2. 4.Action Steps Description of Action to be Taken: 47 Specific Steps Required Persons Assigned Projected Problems/ Actual Completion Delays Completion Date Encountered Date 1. 3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration .

Our goal is zero accidents and injuries. ” “Safety and health in our business must be a part of every operation. To the greatest degree possible. the best experience of operations similar to ours. ” “We will maintain a safety and health program conforming to the best practices of organizations of this type. every accident to find out what caused it and to correct the problem so that it won’t happen again. management will provide all mechanical and physical facilities required for personal safety and health in keeping with the highest standards. promptly and thoroughly. for its effectiveness and improvement. Employees are responsible for compliance with all rules and regulations and for continuously practicing safety while performing their duties. Investigating.48 Appendix B: Model Policy Statements The following statements provide examples that can be used or modified by employers to help prevent employee injury and illness. Training all employees in good safety and health practices. Setting up a system of recognition and awards for outstanding safety service or performance. and for ensuring that all operations are performed with the utmost regard for the safety and health of all personnel involved. Supervisors are responsible for developing the proper attitudes toward safety and health in themselves and in those they supervise. and for providing safe conditions. Providing necessary personal protective equipment and instructions for its use and care. controlling them is a condition of your employment. Developing and enforcing safety and health rules and requiring that employees cooperate with these rules as a condition of employment. To do this we must constantly be aware of conditions in all work areas that can produce injuries. Inform your supervisor immediately of any situation beyond your ability or authority to correct. including themselves. ” “The personal safety and health of each employee of this company is of primary importance. Only through such a cooperative effort can a safety program in the best interest of all be established and preserved. No employee is required to work at a job he or she knows is not safe or healthful. not only between supervisor and employee. ” “It is the intent of this company to comply with all laws. ” I I I I I I “We recognize that the responsibilities for safety and health are shared: I The employer accepts responsibility for leadership of the safety and health program. The prevention of occupationally-induced injuries and illnesses is of such consequence that it will be given precedence over operating productivity whenever necessary. ” “Our safety and health program will include: I Providing mechanical and physical safeguards to the maximum extent possible. to control health hazards. and to comply fully with the safety and health standards for every job. in turn. To be successful. The safety and health of our employees continues to be the first consideration in the operation of this business. It also requires cooperation in all safety and health matters. ” I I OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES . not merely in keeping with. ” “Our objective is a safety and health program that will reduce the number of injuries and illnesses to an absolute minimum. such a program must embody the proper attitudes toward injury and illness prevention on the part of supervisors and employees. but surpassing. “The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 clearly states our common goal of safe and healthful working conditions. but also between each employee and his or her co-workers. Without question it is every employee’s responsibility at all levels. Your cooperation in detecting hazards and. A program of safety and health inspections to identify and eliminate unsafe working conditions or practices.

or other causes that might expose the individual or others to injury. always face the steps and use both hands while climbing. 6. Supervisors shall insist that employees observe and obey every rule.Appendix C: Codes of Safe Practices This is a suggested code. 2. When using a ladder. and they shall report deficiencies. unless they have received instructions from their supervisor/employer. Gasoline shall not be used for cleaning purposes. 8. and other acts that tend to endanger the safety or well-being of employees are prohibited. finger rings. No one shall knowingly be permitted or required to work while his or her ability or alertness is impaired by fatigue. Loose or frayed clothing. Do not leave the cords of tools where cars or trucks will run over them. must not be worn around moving machinery or other places where they can get caught. regulation. 5. illness. emergency. Files shall be equipped with handles. It is intended only as a model that you can customize to describe your own work environment. and articles concerning workplace safety and health shall be given at least once every _____ working days. Do not use a screwdriver as a chisel. Instructions. etc. Wash thoroughly after handling injurious or poisonous substances. 7. All employees shall be given frequent accident prevention instructions. fire. When lifting heavy objects. All injuries shall be reported promptly to the supervisor/employer so that arrangements can be made for medical and/or first-aid treatment. rescue squad. Machinery shall not be repaired or adjusted while in operation. never use a file as a punch or pry. dangling ties. and doctors’ telephone numbers are located ___________. Persons with symptoms of alcohol and/or drug abuse are encouraged to discuss personal or work-related problems with the supervisor/employer. Do not lift or lower portable electric tools by the power cords. Back injuries are the most frequent and often the most persistent and painful type of workplace injury. Approved protective equipment shall be worn in specified work areas. machinery. I I I Use of Tools and Equipment I Keep faces of hammers in good condition to avoid flying nails and bruised fingers. 4. General Policy 1. I I Occupational Safety and Health Administration . 3. practice drills. and report all unsafe conditions or practices to the supervisor/employer. Employees should be alert to see that all guards and other protective devices are in proper places and adjusted. use a rope. Work shall be well planned and supervised to prevent injuries when working with equipment and handling heavy materials. employees should bend their knees and use the large muscles of the legs instead of the smaller muscles of the back. I I I I Machinery and Vehicles I Do not attempt to operate machinery or equipment without special permission unless it is part of your regular duties.. or air or water lines in a manner not within the scope of their duties. Firstaid materials are located in ____________. It is general in nature and includes many types of small business activities. 10. Suggested Safety Rules I 49 Do not throw material. and order necessary to the safe conduct of the work and take such action necessary to obtain compliance. and fire extinguishers are located at ___________. Workers shall not handle or tamper with any electrical equipment. tools. 9. render every possible aid to safe operations. or other objects from heights (whether structures or buildings) until proper precautions are taken to protect others from the falling object hazard. All employees of this firm shall follow these safe practice rules. scuffling. Anyone known to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs shall not be allowed on the job while in that condition. ambulance. Horseplay.

if you are engaged in retail trade or service and you do not have compressed gases. or explosives on your premises. your equipment. Staff there should be able to answer any questions you may have about standards and provide general guidelines on methods of implementation in your workplace. unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard. After you have obtained a copy of the current standards. Maritime Employment (29 CFR 1915-1919). and Agriculture (29 CFR 1928). 29 U. and then analyze the possible hazards in terms of your workplace. Construction (29 CFR 1926). flammables. Maritime. you may contact the nearest OSHA Area Office for assistance. Small businesses are encouraged to participate in the development of standards. or by common sense.50 Appendix D: OSHA Job Safety and Health which provides that: (a) Each employer – – (1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees. If you have any questions in determining whether a standard is applicable to your workplace. OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES .S. your materials and of your employees. Regulations and Requirements OSHA has four separate sets of standards: General Industry (29 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1910). For example. identify those that apply to your business by a process of elimination. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard. by the employer. OSHA has regulations on posting and other administrative matters in 29 CFR 1903 and on recording and reporting of injuries and illnesses in 29 CFR 1904. A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer’s industry or industry in general. 654(b)(1). General Industry. The OSH Act also has a general duty clause. you can eliminate Hazardous Materials (Subpart H) as not applying to your business. and Construction OSHA standards are available at www. Read the introduction to the subpart heading. section 5(a)(1).C.osha.

in response to concerns expressed by the small business community that Federal regulations were too numerous. Submit final rules to Congress for http://www.sba. Nor does it mean that you need not take other available legal steps to protect your interests.sba.html Be responsive to small business inquiries about compliance with the agency’s regulations.Appendix E: Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA) In 1996.html Or you may contact the SBA's Office of the National Ombudsman by: I Toll-Free Phone: (888) REG-FAIR (734-3247) Fax: (202) 481-5719 E-mail: ombudsman@sba.S.html For more information on SBREFA the following web links may prove helpful: http://www. SBREFA was designed to give small businesses assistance in understanding and complying with regulations and more of a voice in the development of new regulations. Congress passed the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. DC 20416-0005 I I Produce Small Entity Compliance Guides for some rules. MC2120 Washington.html http://www. you may file Occupational Safety and Health Administration . I I I To view the SBREFA Act in its entirety.. If you are a small business and believe that you have been treated unfairly by Mail: Office of the National Ombudsman U. Have a penalty reduction policy for small businesses. please visit the following web link: http://www. or http://www. Under SBREFA.sba. the Small Business Administration (SBA) has established an SBA Ombudsman and SBA Regional Fairness Boards to investigate small business complaints about Federal agency enforcement actions. and Involve small businesses in the development of some proposed rules through Small Business Advocacy Review Panels.sba. the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other Federal agencies must: I 51 an electronic comment/complaint with the SBA Ombudsman over the Internet at: http://www.sba. S. Small Business Administration 409 3rd Street.sba. I I Commenting on Enforcement Actions Under a law passed by Congress in 1996.W.html NOTE: Filing a complaint with the SBA Ombudsman does not affect any obligation that you may have to comply with an OSHA citation or other enforcement action. too complex and too expensive to implement.sba.

RI. MO 64108-2416 (816) 283-8745 Region VIII (CO. NE) Two Pershing Square 2300 Main Street.* MI. New York and Virgin Islands plans cover public employees only. NO. Suite 1690 PO Box 46550 Denver. NY 10014 (212) 337-2378 Region III (DE. Room 6T50 oshdir.* NV. Room 602 Dallas.* MS. MO. Room E340 Boston. Suite 18-100 San Francisco. TX) 525 Griffin Street.* WA*) 1111 Third Avenue. IN. the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa) 90 7th Street. Suite 1010 Kansas City. CA 94103 (415) 625-2547 Region X (AK. MD. the Federal OSHA standards. LA. DC. Room 670 New York. MA. The Connecticut.* ME. NM.* HI.html or by contacting: U.* PR.* WY*) 1999 Broadway.* KS.* NY. AZ. WI) 230 South Dearborn Street Room 3244 Chicago. States with approved programs must have standards that are identical to.osha.S. CO 80202-5716 (720) 264-6550 Region IX (American Samoa. TX 75202 (972) 850-4145 Region VII (IA. Note: To get contact information for OSHA Area Offices.* TN*) 61 Forsyth Street. or call us at 1-800-321-0SHA. FL. NW Washington. Contact Information The most complete and current information and email addresses for OSHA Regional and Area Offices and the state Consultation Projects can be found on OSHA’s website at www. Independence Mall West Suite 740 West Philadelphia.* OH. NH. SO. please visit us online at www. VA. IL 60604 (312) 353-2220 Region VI (AR. or at least as effective as.osha. New Jersey. KY. OSHA-approved State Plans and OSHA Consultation Projects.* SC. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs Office of Small Business Assistance 200 Constitution Ave.* ID.* CA. NC. Suite 715 Seattle. WA 98101-3212 (206) 553-5930 * These states and territories operate their own OSHA-approved job safety and health programs and cover state and local government employees as well as private sector employees.* and Guam. GA.* MN. MT. MA 02203 (617) 565-9860 Region II (NJ.52 OSHA Regional Offices Region I (CT.* WV) The Curtis Center 170 S. SW.* VI*) 201 Varick Street.* OK. DC 20210 (800) 321-OSHA OSHA HANDBOOK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES .* PA. GA 30303 (404) 562-2300 Region V (lL. OR. VT*) JFK Federal Building. PA 19106-3309 (215) 861-4900 Region IV (AL..

Further. nor shall such employer inquiries protect them against regular inspections conducted pursuant to guidelines established by the agency.103). Section 5 . B. The exact wording is: Employer Contacts. such as the presence of an imminent danger or the occurrence of a fatality. OSHA policy is to provide assistance to help employers prevent and reduce workplace fatalities. This policy is outlined in OSHA Instruction CPL 02-00-103 (CPL 2. While exceptions to this policy exist. if an employer or its representatives indicates that an imminent danger exists or that a fatality or catastrophe has occurred. Contacts for information initiated by employers or their representatives shall not trigger an inspection. . Field Inspection Reference Manual.OSHA’s Non-Retaliation Policy The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a long-established policy that information inquiries received by the agency regarding safety and health regulations or other safety-related subjects shall not trigger an inspection.b.Chapter I. illnesses and injuries.4. the Area Director shall act in accordance with established inspection priority procedures.

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