Definition of Occupational Safety

by Cherrine Banks - Updated September 26, 2017

Employers by law must provide employees with a clean, safe environment. Some methods of occupational safety include providing safety gear and offering safety classes. Occupational safety is regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor. Employees who suspect unsafe conditions can file a complaint with OSHA.

Definition

Occupational safety is your legal right to work in conditions that are free of known dangers. The requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 helps employers prevent the number of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths.

Benefits for Employers

Employers benefit from providing a safe workplace for their employees by knowing that they are complying with federal and state laws, enjoying a possible reduction in health insurance premiums and having fewer employees file workman's compensation claims.

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Types of Occupational Hazards

Some occupational hazards include chemical exposure, contaminated air and physical hazards such as spills on the floor.

Prevention/Solution

Occupational safety measures include keeping hallways clean, providing good lighting and replacing broken doorways. Other safety procedures involve creating workplace safety training materials and conducting safety seminars.

Considerations

Employers can consider hiring health and safety specialists, including occupational nurses. These health and safety specialists can help employers understand workplace safety issues and develop written procedures.

About the Author

Cherrine Banks has written about various topics include alternative health, business, cooking, diet, fitness and exercise, medical science, nutrition, and personal finance. Her background includes working in the financial services, health, insurance, Internet, and publishing industries. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management.

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