Safety Standards That Can Help Your Business Avoid Employee Harm

When you are running a business, it is your responsibility to make sure that everyone on your team is safe and healthy in the workplace. That responsibility can feel heavy and difficult to manage all on your own. However, there are safety standards in place that you can use as a guide to make sure that everyone is safe and happy when they are working for your business.

ANSI Standards

First, you want to make sure that you and your employees are following all American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards. While ANSI doesn’t set any standards themselves, they do evaluate all other standards to make sure that they are up to par. If you want to make sure you are keeping your employees as safe as possible you want to make sure that the standards you stick to are ANSI approved. Since ANSI has a rigorous approval process, you know that anything that meets ANSI’s approval will be a high standard that is designed to keep people safe in their workplaces.

GHS Labeling

If your business uses any kind of harsh chemical, no matter how infrequently, you need to make sure that everything is labeled appropriately. The GHS labeling standard is used to ensure that all hazardous materials are easily identifiable and properly treated and used. Labels are critical when moving chemicals from one place to another. When you are confident in what is in each bottle, you can avoid incidents and ensure that no one is hurt by accident. 

OSHA Standards

You also want to make sure that your business is in compliance with all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards. These standards include a variety of elements from how machinery should be handled and operated, the way your business should be laid out, and other elements that are designed to increase safety. By following OSHA standards, you can keep your employees safe and avoid a potential citation or litigation down the line. Read into requirements for your industry before you start and stay on top of changes to keep everyone safe.

Industry safety standards are there for a reason, and as a boss, they can take a little off your plate. When you use the industry standards to keep your business safe, you know you have research and data on your side. That is all you need to keep everyone safe in your workplace.

Check out this article on common workplace hazards you should watch out for!

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