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Top Ten Construction Safety Standards To Live By

Safety Standard #1: Adhere to OSHA Rules

A lot accidents can occur at a construction site, which means executing and pressing safety rules should be the most important objective of all construction projects. For employers to accomplish this, they must adhere to the established regulations of the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

Safety Standard #2: Establish Site Safety Management

The utilization of site management and safe-site management can drastically improve safety awareness among the employees and will aid promoting a work site that is free of hazards and accidents, conducing to a productive and very efficient construction project.

Safety Standard #3: Protective Equipment is A Must

Safety equipment must be issued to employees by the employer to ensure the safety of human life. On the list of safety equipment are, but not limited to:

safety goggles
steel-toe boots
durable gloves
utility belt
proper face masks

Safety Standard #4: Have a Safe Place to Store Things

Break areas and rest areas are essential for the health of workers. Every work site should have a suitable place for workers to store food, beverages, and other items.

Safety Standard #5: Access to Clean Running Water

Per OSHA rules, employers are required to provide their worker with an area that has clean water for washing utensils, hands, and other objects. Moreover, the water must be suitable to drink without causing illness to those with access.

Safety Standard #6: Have a Place to Boil Water

There should be a space for workers to have access to that would allow them to boil water for sterilization purposes or food preparation. This aids in the cleanliness of the facility and promotes excellent sanitary practices.

Safety Standard #7: Must Have a Place to Eat Meals

In addition to having a place to store food and boil water, it is imperative that the employee allocate space for workers to sit and eat their meals. This space has to be out of harm’s way.

Safety Standard #8: Workers Need to Have Access to Restrooms

Employers must provide adequate access to restrooms with working toilets, or Port-A-Potty for waste management purposes. Restrooms must be well ventilated and have a door so workers can have privacy.

Safety Standard #9: Safety Precautions for Workers Above Ground

OSHA has established a set of rules for workers who operate at different heights. By installing equipment support systems, the employer will be providing safety measures to prevent any individual from falling to their death, in addition to lessening the severity of possible injuries.

Safety Standard #10: Guard Rails and Other Measures

Scaffold platform that incorporates a double guard rail must be used to prevent workers from falling from lethal heights. Safety nets in the construction site should be used to reducing the distance and impact of a fall, and drastically reducing injuries, casualties, and liability.

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