Legal Aspects of Safety and Health

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Running head: LEGAL ASPECTS OF SAFETY AND HEALTHDiscussion on OSHA guidelinesName of the StudentName of the UniversityAuthor Note
1LEGAL ASPECTS OF SAFETYAND HEALTHBenefits of OSHA alliances- The OSHA Alliance Program works with several groupswith the aim of providing safety to the workers and maintaining their health status by preventinginjuries, illnesses and fatalities. The program includes several consulates, professional and tradeorganizations, educational institutions and unions that develop and formulate complianceassistance resources and tools, while sharing relevant information with the employers andeducating them about their responsibilities and roles (Lamba, 2013). Thus, it creates severalhealth and safety products that help the employers to gain a sound understanding on the specifichazards that may occur in the industry.The pamphlet on electrical hazards informs the employee about the hazards associatedwith work on aerial devices and also formulates guidelines (Zhang et al., 2013). The operatortraining for aerial equipment pamphlet helps the workers identify training practices for operationand inspection of aerial equipment. The potential hazards are identified by the fact sheet onbaggage tug and carts, thereby preventing accidents due to equipment or aircraft damage. Thus,the program increases the access of the employers to effective workplace health and safety tools.It also leverages resources for maximizing health protection and worker safety and establishesprogressive dialogue with the agencies for establishing worker rights, thereby giving benefits tothe employees (OSHA, 2013).Procedure required for achieving STAR status- The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)partners with worksites and business by recognizing their excellence in maintaining occupationalhealth and safety. The sites that display commitment towards effective protecting of theiremployees beyond the requirements of the proposed OSHA standards are given the star statusevery three-five years. The primary objective of participating in the VPP instills a high degree ofawareness on safety for all employees (Howard & Hearl, 2012). There are three levels of
2LEGAL ASPECTS OF SAFETYAND HEALTHparticipation that include demonstration, merit and star. Meeting the merit goal is consideredimperative for achieving the star status. Worksites that demonstrate good health management andsafety provisions, in combination with the commitment to meet the goals tailored for each siteare better suited for achieving the star status.On-site evaluations assess the star eligibility requirements and performance. Therefore,an industry or worksite should demonstrate exemplary practice in comprehensive and successfulmanagement of health and safety systems in their setting (Brackey, 2013). It is essential for thecompanies to achieve an injury and illness rate below the national average for the respectiveindustries. The companies should also be self-sufficient for controlling workplace hazards. Anannual evaluation of the incident rates and re-evaluation every 3-5 years helps in conferring thestar status (OSHA, 2009).OSHA voluntary cooperative program for small business that prints letterheads- The On-site consultation program can be utilised by a small business that prints letterheads and businesscard. This program will offer confidential and free occupational health and safety advice. It willemphasise on preventing hazards at the worksites. Consultation by using the program will helpemployers to identify the potential hazards at their worksites. It will also create provisions forimproving health hazard prevention strategies that already exist at their place (Mendeloff &Gray, 2012). The company may also qualify for a 1 year exemption for the routine inspections byOSHA. The consultation will be delivered by well trained staff from the state government, on-site and will make use of limited services that are available at the workplace.The consultation will maintain confidentiality in terms of the company and allinformation related to the workplace (Autenrieth et al., 2015). Furthermore, the unhealthful and
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