Safety equipment required by OSHA

Your business cannot live without this safety equipment required by OSHA:

1. Smoke detectors

Install smoke detectors on every floor and outside each bedroom occupancy and test them regularly. You must keep documentation of who did the testing and when it was performed.

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2. Fire extinguishers

Keep extinguishers in your kitchens including the Kguard units for oil/grease fires. Put them in garage operation areas. They should be located throughout your premises on each and every floor, basement, and storage area. Most fire extinguishers are combination Class ABC types. Class A puts out fires of ordinary combustibles. Class B is used on fires involving flammable liquids such as oil. Class C is used on electrical fires. You do not want the wrong type of fire extinguisher in any area. For example, if you have computer equipment or computer phone boards make sure the right extinguisher is in that area. Make sure you read the tags on the extinguishers as they are only good for one year from the date stamp.

Hold fire extinguisher classes on how to use the equipment not only protecting your business but your employees at home. Document the training for OSHA record keeping as this safety equipment required by OSHA is mandatory.

3. Carbon monoxide detectors

Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, and it can be fatal unless detected. Place a detector outside all bedrooms in your home or hotel rooms. At your workplace, if you have large buses sitting outside dropping off or picking up passengers and you have a nearby air vent the carbon monoxide can drift into the building making employees dizzy or sick to their stomach and they will not know what is ailing them. If you have the carbon monoxide monitor placed inside near the air vent the alarm will go off and you will be alerted that the carbon monoxide is entering the premises.,p>

4. Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)

Use GFCIs throughout your business or your home, especially in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. A GFCI protects against electric shock in case you come in contact with a live wire. You will recognize the units as they have a pop out button in case of overload or water contact with the unit you are using, or if the unit you are using in the circuit is getting too hot for it the unit will pop and stop the electrical current. Not only is this safety equipment required by OSHA but the city electrical code will require it.

5. First aid/emergency kits

Store antibiotic ointment, bandages, adhesive tape, cold packs, antibacterial hand cleaner, scissors, tweezers, eyewash and a flashlight in an easily accessible place. Remember if you have a painting operation or car maintenance battery change area you must have a mounted unit which could be fresh water or containers of solution. The eye wash units must be monitored and dated when the unit was last checked for cleanliness or fresh solution. Normally the solution will have a 90 day expiration date on it. Units are required around your premises based on what hazards require the unit.

Remember no first aid kit can be locked. It has to be available at all times to your employees and regularly stocked. You might not have realized that this safety equipment is required by OSHA. They will check your premises on a comprehensive review and fine you if the first aid kit is not available, or locked or not stocked.

You can keep additional supplies for emergency use in a carry all bag such as blankets, warning tape, yellow cones to prevent entrance to an accident area.

6. Flashlights, glow sticks, emergency lighting

Flashlights, glow sticks, emergency lighting in stairwells must be tested to support exit if an emergency condition exists. Safety equipment required by OSHA for exits is a must. They will check each and every emergency exit you have to make sure there is proper exit signage including emergency lights.

7. MSDS manual

Material Safety Data Sheets must be readily available in case of exposure from a chemical used at your business. If an employee would get pepper spray in their eyes or face the first thing they want to do is put water on it which is wrong. That will only increase the sting and if you use this on your premises to prevent robberies you must have the MSDS sheet to know how to treat. Another example is floor stripping chemicals. You need to know how much ventilation is required in the area and how to treat if the employee got it on their hands or face. This is one of the most common OSHA fines for not having the proper safety equipment required by OSHA to protect against chemical exposures.

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