OSHA regulators are taking a closer look at assisted living and residential care communities in recent years. Are you in compliance with OSHA regulations? Let’s start with a quick introduction to OSHA.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, better known as OSHA, is a federal agency of the United States Department of Labor. OSHA was created by Congress under the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1971. According to OSHA, “The purpose of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.” Most private sector employers are required to follow OSHA regulations.
State OSHA Programs
Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (the Act) encourages States to develop and operate their own job safety and health programs. OSHA approves and monitors State plans and provides up to 50% of an approved plan’s operating costs. As of the date of this writing there are 22 States and jurisdictions operating complete State plans (covering both the private sector and State and local government employees).
States must set job safety and health standards that are “at least as effective as” comparable federal standards. (Most States adopt standards identical to federal ones.) States have the option to promulgate standards covering hazards not addressed by federal standards.
Learn more about OSHA requirements, such as bloodborne pathogens standards, hazard communication, and more, at the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) website.