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Back to Basics
Employers have certain responsibilities under federal or state requirements to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards. But how do they know or prove this is done? A safety hazards analysis conducted by a professional is a great way to start, but the following should also be in place through policies, programs, or procedures:
- Keeping employees from entering or being in any workplace that is not safe;
- Constructing a safe workplace;
- Prohibiting alcohol and narcotics from the workplace;
- Prohibiting employees from using tools and equipment that are not safe;
- Establishing, supervising, and enforcing rules that lead to a safe and healthy work environment;
- Controlling chemical agents (including pesticides); and
- Protecting employees from biological agents (e.g., spiders, snakes, etc.).