The safety and well-being of employees is paramount. As an employer, it is your responsibility to create a safe and healthy work environment for your team. Over the years, occupational safety laws and regulations have become more stringent. This blog will explore the basic occupational safety laws and regulations that every employer should be familiar with.
The Labor Inspection Service supervises the enforcement of labor safety norms in Georgia.
It is crucial that you review and comply with your obligations during an inspection by the Labor Inspection Service, including providing a safe and healthy workplace, organizing training and keeping records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
The hazard communication standard requires employers to provide information to employees about hazards in the workplace, such as hazardous chemicals, for which a safety data sheet (MSDS) must first be available. This ensures that employees are aware of potential risks and take the necessary precautions.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The use of personal protective equipment is necessary to protect employees from hazards.
Employers must ensure the provision use of PPE, such as helmets, gloves, safety glasses, and respiratory protection when appropriate.
Regular inspections are necessary to detect and correct potential hazards. Emergency action plans are critical to responding to various emergency situations in the workplace. These plans should be in place to deal with fire, chemical, natural disasters and other potential crises.
Employers must ensure that employees are trained and aware of these plans.
Record keeping and reporting
Keeping accurate records of workplace injuries and illnesses is required by law. Employers must report injuries and fatalities to the supervisory agency and must retain these records for the period prescribed by law. Detailed records facilitate tracking and preventive measures.
compensation of employees
The employer is obliged to provide appropriate compensation for the persons affected in the workplace.
Proper training is critical to workplace safety. Employees must be trained in the use of equipment, safety procedures, and handling of hazardous materials. Trainings and training programs ensure that employees are prepared for different situations.
Employers must take occupational safety laws and regulations seriously. By following these laws, you not only protect your employees, but also protect your business from sanctions and legal consequences. Being aware and proactive in creating a safe work environment is beneficial for any employee.
Note that the law can change, so seeking professional advice is a wise approach.
Prioritizing occupational safety is not just a legal requirement. It is a moral obligation and sound business practice that promotes a healthy and productive work environment.