THE ROLE OF OSHA IN ENSURING SAFETY IN THE LOGISTICS INDUSTRY
Updated: Feb 26
The logistics industry, which includes shippers, carriers, construction and manufacturing companies, must adhere to strict safety standards set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is a federal agency dedicated to providing safety and health guidelines for employers. It’s important that every organization operating within the logistics industry understands these standards in order to ensure their workers are safe. Let's take a closer look at what OSHA requires.
OSHA Guidelines for Logistics Industry Employers
Under OSHA guidelines, employers must provide a safe workplace free from known hazards. This means that employers have an obligation to identify any potential risks related to hazardous conditions or equipment. Once identified, the employer must create measures for addressing those risks so that employees remain safe while performing their job duties. Employers must also train employees on how to properly use any equipment or chemicals used during work tasks and provide them with protective gear if needed.
Another requirement under OSHA is that all employers within the logistics industry post information about OSHA regulations throughout their workplace. This ensures that all employees have easy access to information regarding their rights and any potential hazards they may be exposed to while on the job. Additionally, employers must keep detailed records of any injuries or illnesses suffered by their employees as well as any safety inspections performed in the workplace. Finally, it’s important that all employers develop an emergency plan in case of accidents or injuries on site that could endanger others working nearby.
Accidents occur more often than we would like in many industries, especially those affiliated with transportation such as logistics companies . Therefore it’s critical for all organizations within this sector to understand their responsibilities when it comes to employee safety and health according to OSHA standards so they can prevent accidents before they happen.
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According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the warehouse and storage sector alone experiences almost 15,000 accidents and illnesses annually. Also dangerous is trucking. Over 475,000 big trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds are involved in collisions every year, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which causes an estimated 5,360 fatalities and 142,000 injuries. Frequently, the truck driver is not at fault. An estimated 70% of fatal truck collisions are believed to have been caused by the risky driving behavior of other motorists.
In terms of insurance expenses, missed time, decreased productivity, and other unfavorable effects of injuries, these incidents come at a high financial cost for both the individual and the firm.
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