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Virginia employers must comply with federal safety regulations

Most employers in Virginia want to ensure they keep their premises safe for their workers. They know that workers have certain rights should they be exposed to dangerous work conditions. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, outlines the regulatory compliance measures employers must take to keep their workplaces safe for employees.

Employers are responsible for keeping their premises free from recognizable dangers as well as comply with federal standards and regulations. This means they must regularly inspect their workplace to ensure they are in compliance with OSHA standards. An employer's operating procedures should be updated when necessary to comply with federal rules, and they need to let workers know of these changes.

Employers must ensure that workers have safe tools and equipment to use and that these items are maintained so they are in good working order. Another part of having a safe workplace is providing signs, color codes and labels to make sure employees know when something is potentially dangerous. Any safety training needs to be given to employees in a language that they can understand.

Employers should also have a hazard communication program in writing, particularly with regard to dangerous chemicals, and workers need to be trained on what to do if they are exposed to these substances. Sometimes, it is necessary per OSHA rules for employers to provide workers with medical examinations. Finally, an OSHA poster should be placed in a prominent area that informs workers of their rights under the OSH Act.

These are only a few examples of what employers are responsible for per the OSH Act. There are other requirements not covered by this post. Therefore, employers who want to ensure they are complying with the OSH Act will want to seek guidance from a business law professional, who can advise them on this topic.

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