The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal occupational safety and health enforcement agency, covering all employees in the nation either directly through OSHA or through an OSHA-approved State Plan. State-run safety and health programs must be at least as effective as the federal OSHA program.
OSHA conducts workplace inspections to determine whether employers are complying with OSHA requirements. In the dental industry, most OSHA inspections are triggered by complaints, most often made by disgruntled employees who feel that their overall concerns at work have not been adequately addressed. The best way to prepare for a OSHA visit is to have a strong, sound safety program in place that includes safety orientation training for all new employees, ongoing safety training, internal inspections of office areas and processes, effective recordkeeping, and the active involvement of employees.
For our OSHA Review subscribers… A Cal/OSHA Regulatory Checklist can be downloaded from our website – oshareview.com; after logging into your account, under the OSHA Review menu at the top of the page, select Document List, and search under Topic: IIPP.
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