In order to have a safe work environment, it is important to start with having the proper safety procedures in place in the working environment. It is then important that employees are properly trained about hazardous conditions in the workplace and how to maintain safety in the workplace. Finally, it is important that the employees use the tools given to them from their employer and if the employee seeks additional information, then the employee can ask the employer for more guidance and/or the employee can seek guidance from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
Many companies have strict safety standards that go above and beyond OSHA’s basic safety standards, If, however, an employee notices hazards in the workplace and/or that proper safety protocol is not being followed, then OSHA gives the employee an avenue to notify the employer through OSHA, and the employee may also have her/his name kept confidential if he/she so desires.
According to OSHA, “Each year approximately 6,000 employees in this country die from workplace injuries while another 50,000 die from illnesses caused by exposure to workplace hazards. In addition, 6 million workers suffer non-fatal workplace injuries.” To help prevent exposure to workplace safety and health hazards, both the employer and the employee must comply with all OSHA requirements applicable and specific to that industry. As stated above, in order to avoid accidents and hazards in the workplace it is imperative that the employer maintain a safe working environment for all employees through the employers own actions and through proper training to its employees on workplace hazards as well as workplace safety.