OSHA Requirements for Safety. Jesse LaPrade Extension Environmental and Safety Specialist The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University. OSHA Requirements for Safety .
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Extension Environmental and Safety Specialist
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University
The Alabama Farm Safety Management Plan can help horticultural businesses reduce injuries and fatalities, reduce liability, and comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.
a. Reducing the number of on-the-job injuries.
b. Reducing the liability of the company.
c. Providing a framework for employers to train all
Basic OSHA Regulations
Companies must meet the following requirements:
OSHA’s 4-point plan to help businesses develop their own safety program:
Safety Policy Statement (an example)
The personal safety and health of each employee is of primary importance to this business and its management personnel and owners. All employees will be trained on the safe use of equipment before that employee is expected to operate it. No employee is expected to work at a job he or she knows is not safe. All employees are encouraged and expected to help detect and control hazards that can cause injuries and to inform the supervisor immediately of any unsafe situations or if you have any questions about safety.
All businesses must post the “Job Safety and Health Protection” poster (OSHA 2203), and many businesses post their safety policy statement beside that poster as well. It is a good idea to also post the company’s safety rules at that location.
(Show a copy of the OSHA 2203 Poster here)
*(Look at the Farm Safety Web site and read the Safety Management Plan
and Safety Rules)
This is a physical inspection of the work site premises looking for potential hazards.
Things to look for:
1have 3 or more workers admitted to the hospital
An emergency information sheet should be posted beside all work-site phones, cell phones, and in trucks and trailers that take equipment off site.
The sheet should include phone numbers for the following:
Use the fire extinguisher that is approved for the fire’s class: A, B, or C. You can also use a fire extinguisher approved for all classes: A to C.
All off-site crews should carry an approved functional fire extinguisher.
Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is an OSHA regulation that requires employers to inform workers of any chemical hazards on the job and to train workers how to protect themselves from the hazards.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to enforce the restricted-use pesticide standard for all pesticides used in Alabama. This requires that all handlers, applicators, mixers, and loaders of restricted-use pesticides be trained on safe use in accordance with the law. Each business must have a licensed registrant to purchase restricted-use pesticides and make application to various sites for pest control. Training for this license can be obtained from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System Pesticide Safety Education Program. You can get information by calling Dr. Fudd Graham at (334) 844-6389.
These are two separate and different laws for which every business must comply.
If pesticides are the only toxic chemicals your company uses and all use is away
from the main business site (even mixing, loading, and cleaning of equipment, etc.),
your primary concern is to comply with the EPA regulations for restricted use of