HR mistakes cost more than small businesses can afford
This 8-part blog series highlights a few of the many laws that apply to all businesses or to those with 11+, 15+, 20+, or 50+ employees. We also provide best practice tips to help small businesses avoid costly mistakes. Many of our examples also apply to non-profit agencies and the public sector.
TIP 4: Workplace Safety – Safety is Everyone’s Business
Safety is the responsibility of all employers and employees. It depends on your type of business or agency to know which of the OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1970) laws apply to your organization. However, all employers must deal with protecting their employees and provide a safe work environment. Aspects of this include:
- Providing ergonomic equipment to prevent injuries from repetitive motions and movement (e.g., providing a proper desk at the appropriate angle for typing on a computer).
- Responding to workplace violence. If an employee is threatening other employees, it is the employer’s duty to report it to the police or other authorities. (This is similar to the rules at the airport—if you see something, say something.)
- If you have chemicals at your worksite, you are required to maintain MSD (Material Safety Data) Sheets that have instructions in case of exposure.
- If you have more than 11 employees, OSHA requires that you keep a record of all accidents on a yearly basis.
- If an employee gets hurt at your location during work hours (or driving for you), then they are entitled to workers’ compensation. Every employer is required to have workers’ compensation insurance to pay for these types of accidents. But be aware that every state has different regulations and policies regarding reporting, processing, and payment procedures.
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