The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was created in 1970 to ensure safe & healthy job conditions for all working men and women. Over the past 40 years, OSHA regulations have contributed to drastic decreases in workplace fatalities, serious injuries, and illnesses.
As industries grow and change, the regulations that keep them safe and healthy need to grow too. New OSHA regulations in the face of a constantly changing industry are a challenge to maintain within themselves, let alone for members of the industry to keep track of. Despite this challenge, these are vital aspects of the EHS industry to maintain, as they can have drastic effects on your businesses’ ability to accomplish its goals.
Why Does OSHA Change Their Regulations?
The introduction of new technologies, rapidly changing workforce demographics, and the rising need for stricter environmental standards require OSHA to add, amend, and revise regulations constantly. These changes save lives and prevent injuries every day. However, this is high stakes work. The regulations in place control and organize issues that directly affect both organizational and personal employee well-being, which are not issues to be taken lightly.
That’s why having a comprehensive information management system is vital in order to employ effective health & safety guidelines within the workplace. A complete information management system allows for streamlined interdepartmental integration, data synchronization, and ease of accessibility. Changes can occur overnight and can have a ripple effect that carry consequences far out from the source. Tracking these changes without a digitized EHS management system can be time-consuming, labor-intensive, and risky.
The Top 4 OSHA Regulation Changes to Prepare for in 2018
Staying in the know about new OSHA regulations and the stipulations they place on individual business functionality is essential in the face of constant change. Collaboration and communication are essential in order to accomplish this goal.
Here are the top 4 OSHA regulation changes you need to know:
- Occupational Exposure to Beryllium
- OSHA 300A Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements
- Crane Operator Certification Extension
- General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces & Fall Protection Standards
In the infographic below, we have outlined the 4 upcoming regulation changes that could affect your company this year, who it affects, and why they are important.