Complying with OSHA: Basic Requirements

Elliott Stapleton Employment Law

The Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), created in 1970, is a federal agency designed to assure safe and healthful conditions for workers through the implementation of various safety regulations, procedures, and enforcement mechanisms.  All private workers are covered by OSHA.

In general, OSHA requires that employers keep their workplace free of serious recognized hazards.  More specifically, OSHA requires employers to:

  • Inform employees of hazards;
  • Keep accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses;
  • Perform tests, such as air sampling;
  • Provide medical exams, such as hearing tests;
  • Post certain data, including an OSHA poster;
  • Inform OSHA within 8 hours of a workplace incident in which there is a death or 3 or more workers go to a hospital.

OSHA has industry specific standards for Construction, General Industry, Maritime, and Agricultural businesses.  For an in-depth description of various standards and regulations, visit OSHA Law and Regulations.

OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program

OSHA also offers a free, confidential on-site consultation for small and medium sized businesses.  These visits will not result in fines or citations but merely help the employer identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.  The consultation office in Ohio is:

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
Division of Safety and Hygiene, OSHA On-Site Consultation
13430 Yarmouth Drive
Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: (800) 282-1425
Fax: (614) 644-3133

The On-Site Consultation program is an excellent place to start if you have questions on whether your business is complying with OSHA regulations and trainings.


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Elliott Stapleton

Elliott is a partner in the firm of Cornetet, Meyer, Rush and Stapleton serving clients throughout Ohio. Elliott's business clients range from small single member companies to large privately-held businesses. CMRS Law provides legal services which include advice on Business Formation and Transactions, Real Estate Transactions, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Probate Administration, and Succession Planning. CMRS Law serves clients at two locations: 123 Boggs Lane, 1st Floor, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246 and 2101 Grandin Road, Suite A, Cincinnati, OH 45208