What is OSHA?
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (otherwise known as OSHA) agency was created after the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed in 1970. Their mission statement is “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”
OSHA oversees most state’s private and public workplaces to ensure they are following proper safety plans which protect the employees of these companies.
OSHA reported a total of 4,821 work related deaths in 2014.
While almost 5000 deaths in one year is still a lot, before OSHA was established workplace deaths were incredibly common; the CDC says that in 1913 23,000 people died due to workplace accidents. Because of OSHA, from 1913 to 2014 we have seen an 80% decrease in workplace deaths.
Why Do You Need to Get a Certification?
Well, as you can see above, OSHA has been instrumental to decreasing workplace related deaths by an incredible amount.
If there weren’t certifications OSHA could not ensure that workers knew how to properly protect themselves from workplace hazards. In any field, anybody who may come in contact with infectious materials must have the proper certification.
If that isn’t enough to convince you that certifications are necessary, this probably is! If OSHA performs an inspection and finds you are not following regulations, you can be fined $7,000 for every single violation or $70,000 for a “repeated or willful violation.”
The most any company has ever been fined was 81 MILLION DOLLARS after BP failed to comply with regulations following an explosion that killed 15 people and injured hundreds.
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How Do I Get an OSHA Certification?
You simply use an OSHA Compliance training company (like MedPro Disposal) to train your employees with our program and even get OSHA required safety plans with our online plan builder. Some of the online certification programs take less than an hour to complete!
OSHA themselves do not actually certify companies or their employees, they just set the rules. It is the company’s responsibility to make sure their employees are properly certified for the industry they will be working in.
However, OSHA training is not usually a one-time deal. In order for your employees do stay up to date with current laws and regulations they must be certified fairly often. For instance, HIPAA certification and bloodborne pathogen compliance training must be done annually.
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