Safety is not just a one-time shot of education that can be injected to provide a lifetime of immunity from hazard. Safety must become a habit for all segments of an installation operation, developed from continuous learning, upgrading and analysis of what works and what doesn’t. The guidelines that must be met or exceeded are established by regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These regulations, referred to as standards, apply to all forms of business. That in and of itself becomes part of the challenge facing those who are in charge of safety aspects.
A good beginning comes from completing an OSHA-recognized, 10-hour training program for installers and management personnel. This will help point you in the direction required to bring your company into compliance. Besides learning about written plans and safety assessments, management will find that OSHA carries a big stick in the way of fines when helping to “encourage” a company toward a safe working environment.