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The Easy Checklist For OSHA Compliance and Reporting in Construction

October 16, 2023

construction worker and OSHA compliance

OSHA compliance is essential in any workplace, but it is especially important in working environments that are statistically dangerous for workers. Construction is one of the most hazardous industries in the country, so OSHA regulations tend to be strict and comprehensive.

Remaining compliant with OSHA can involve a degree of reporting that many new or expanding businesses may not yet be accustomed to. Even among the common and primary OSHA compliance requirements (such as heat illness prevention), construction can vary quite a bit from the other categories of agriculture, maritime, and general industry. You can support your compliance with OSHA regulations by following this checklist when making reports and workplace rules:

Checklist for Preventing Violations

Many experts recommend you check the following factors on your job site to ensure that your workers are safe and in compliance with OSHA regulations. These items should be verified before you start any work.

Posting of workers' rights and OSHA regulations in common areas
Accessible first aid supplies
Clear walkways and workspaces
Protection from falls on scaffoldings, ladders, etc.
Serviced hand tools and equipment
Available personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing
Proper illumination of the workspace
Frequent safety training for employees
Regular inspection of equipment and machinery
Easily identifiable emergency stop buttons when applicable
Secure guard rails and barriers

 

Checklist for Reporting

OSHA has specific guidelines for reporting any accidents or incidents at your workplace, so it is important that all reporting be done correctly and remain compliant with time limits and other procedures.

Report any serious injuries or fatalities within eight hours
Report any hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours
Submit reports via the Injury Tracking Application or (ITA)
Maintain records of all injuries and illnesses for at least five years
Post a summary of injuries and illnesses from the previous year each February through April
Provide copies of records to current and former employees, or their representatives, upon request

 

Checklist for OSHA Inspections

OSHA inspections come in three distinct parts, and you'll need a checklist to make sure you can get through it all with high marks. They are the opening conference, facility walkthrough, and closing conference. Remember that you must answer all questions truthfully and accurately to the limit of your knowledge and ability. Follow the checklist, though, and you can confidently go through an inspection.

Have employees ready for interviews
Keep relevant records on hand
Expect a copy of a formal complaint if that is what triggered the inspection
Have a representative of the company accompany the inspector
Eliminate violations beforehand to avoid an expanded inspection
Review the inspector's report and plan to remedy violations
Plan for training programs if necessary

 

Ensure OSHA Compliance

Maintaining OSHA compliance can be tough on your own, especially when you are primarily focused on getting the construction job done right.

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