Remaining compliant under current OSHA guidelines is key to not only protecting your employees but also helping your company avoid hefty citations for violations to current guidelines you may not even be aware of. Read on to learn more about what OSHA is and how employers can ensure they are remaining compliant under the current updated guidelines.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created under the Occupational Safety Act of 1970 and is focused on ensuring safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing safety standards. OSHA provides training, outreach, education, and assistance for both employers and employees. As part of the US Department of Labor, OSHA covers most private sector employers and their employees as well as some public sector employers.
Under OSHA’s guidelines, employers are required to provide a safe workplace. This includes providing safety training in a language their employees can understand and developing and implementing safety protocols designed to protect employees from known potential health and safety hazards. OSHA regularly updates their guidelines to keep pace with evolving workplace conditions and hazards, and employers failing to adhere to these updated standards can face significant penalties, including hefty citations for failing to comply with current standards. In order to maintain a safe working environment, as well as to avoid citations, employers need to make sure they are keeping current with the updated OSHA standards. Current OSHA requirements and standards can be found here (https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs) as well as by contacting your local OSHA office.
OSHA keeps a keen eye on evolving workplace conditions and regularly updates their standards whenever warranted, often several times within the year. Because of this, it is critical that employers stay current and remain compliant under the new guidelines.
The first step in remaining compliant is in staying up to date on the ever-changing standards. These key employer responsibilities provide a general framework under which employers can operate. The OSHA Law and Regulations site provides a searchable directory of the current guidelines, which can help employers be aware of the standards and standard interpretations that apply to their industry.
Part of remaining compliant under OSHA guidelines is maintaining injury and illness records and submitting them to OSHA electronically, when required. Employers also need to report all severe injuries and fatalities to OSHA within specified timelines. Finally, employers must post the “Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law!” poster in an employee-accessible location. This poster outlines employee rights and employer responsibilities and also provides OSHA contact information.
Understanding the current OSHA guidelines can be overwhelming, especially for small to mid-sized businesses. OSHA’s Compliance Assistance Quick Start will generate an initial set of compliance materials for your workplace. While these are not comprehensive, they can provide a general set of guidelines to get your company on the right path toward OSHA compliance. Employers can also contact a Compliance Assistance Specialist to schedule an on-site consultation to help identify workplace hazards and provide advice for compliance.
At Clarity HR, we understand how daunting it can be to keep up with the ever-changing OSHA standards while also doing the work of running your company. Our Fractional HR services team for non-union trades understands the importance of worker safety and meeting OSHA requirements. We will help you protect your employees from workplace hazards and health concerns and protect your company from hefty fines as well as help you avoid the damage done by public notice of violations and citations issued.
Our team includes OSHA 30 Certified experts. Our portal can provide some uniform guidelines, but our HR experts can help walk you through your OSHA questions and concerns. Sometimes, having a trusted advisor and a person you can call makes all the difference. The team at Clarity HR are experts you can trust. We know the laws and can help you remain compliant as you navigate the ever-changing OSHA requirements. Our dedicated team is there for you when you need us. We are invested in seeing your business thrive.
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The biggest challenge facing companies today, across all sectors, but particularly those in the trade professions, is in recruiting and retaining quality employees. With nearly twice as many job openings as potential employees to fill them, companies need to be thinking about the best methods for attracting the best trade talent.
H2: The Waning Workforce in Trade Professions
Trade professions have been dealing with labor shortages since before the pandemic, which has only made the situation worse as the workforce continues to shrink. According to a Reuters report, openings in the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector rose in May 2022, with 1.9 job vacancies for every unemployed worker. And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly half of the 8 million skilled-labor jobs vacated during the pandemic remain unfilled. What is causing this labor shortage? A report from Jobs for the Future (JFF) indicates that an aging workforce and limited awareness of opportunities for careers in the trades is contributing to the labor shortage in trade professions.
As one of many employers attempting to attract skilled trade talent, it’s important for companies to find ways to stand out from the crowd as a place where people will want to work. In order to set yourself apart from the rest of the field, you need to first know what those competing for the limited tradesmen are doing to attract new talent. First, ask yourself who your primary industry competitors are and what they are doing to attract new talent. Are they having more success in filling open positions? If so, consider what they are offering that you may not be and how you can shift things within your company to fill that gap. Whether it’s hiring incentives, opportunities for continued training and education, or overall company culture, job seekers are keenly aware of which companies offer the best opportunities and which are just seeking to just fill open positions.
In the current trade shortage, companies need to not only be thinking about attracting new talent, but also finding methods for retaining the trade talent they already have. Many tradesmen operate as independent contractors (under 1099 status), which makes them at a higher risk of leaving should other companies offer higher pay or other employment incentives—such as retirement plans, health insurance, PTO, or even W-2 status. When an employee has additional benefits as a W-2 worker, it makes them more sticky in a position.
Companies need to be keenly aware of how their compensation and benefits packages compare to those of their competitors, particularly when struggling with employee retention. If you’re having a difficult time retaining trade talent, consider what other companies may be offering to see whether you are able to offer the same, if not better.
As of April 2022, a toxic company is cited as the primary reason people leave a job, followed closely by low salary, poor management, and lack of healthy work-life balance. Arguably, these top four reasons all factor into a company’s culture. So, what is company culture?
Company culture encompasses everything about how a company interacts with the world, both inside and out. This includes the attitudes and behaviors of a company and its employees, meaning how they interact with each other as well as their past, current, and potential future customers. Given this, it’s easy to understand why fostering a healthy company culture is so vital to attracting and retaining quality trade talent.
At Clarity HR, we offer years of experience bringing HR best practices to trades. Our services are specifically designed for construction, including roofing, masonry, remodeling, plumbing, and HVAC for both commercial and residential. We want to help you navigate the complex world of HR management to help develop a company culture tradesmen will want to be a part of.
We offer a wide range of services that will enhance your employee experience and Company branding. Everything from coaching and employee engagement opportunities and ideas to payroll and employee onboarding, employee benefits programs, and multi-state and federal regulatory compliance. When you work with us, we’ll create a unique approach, specifically tailored for your business needs and goals so that you can focus on what matters most: running your company!
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