Maine Handbook Helps Employers Tackle OSHA Health & Safety Compliance

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Employers in the state of Maine have a new practical, easy to understand guide to OSHA compliance published by Compliance Publications, Inc. Developed with small businesses in mind, 'The Maine Handbook on Occupational Safety and Health' enables companies to take a do-it- yourself approach to improving workplace safety and health, avoiding costly fines, and supporting a healthy bottom line.

The Maine Handbook on Occupational Safety & Health
As a Maine resident, I am especially pleased to introduce the new Maine Edition... I worked closely with Maine workplace safety officials to select the right content to help smaller employers introduce safety procedures and reduce workplace hazards.

Compliance Publications, Inc., a national publisher of workplace health and safety manuals, is pleased to announce the publication of 'The Maine Handbook on Occupational Safety & Health', 2013 Edition. The Handbook provides detailed training guidelines and step-by- step procedures to help employers understand and comply with OSHA workplace safety standards and regulations. Field tested in Maine during the past year, the manual has grown into a national series that currently includes 16 state editions plus a National Edition. The manual is available through for $129.95.

“As a Maine resident, I am especially pleased to introduce the new Maine Edition of our Handbook,” says publisher Daniel Goldenson. “I worked closely with Maine workplace safety officials to select the right content to help smaller employers introduce safety procedures and reduce workplace hazards.”

The Handbook includes information about Maine-specific programs and employer assistance, including SafetyWorks!, an outreach program of the Maine Department of Labor designed to reduce job-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. Another key part of the manual is devoted to employer certification under SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program). A recognition program for workplaces adhering to basic safety standards, can help employers qualify for lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums and exempt their workplaces from OSHA inspection for up to two years at a time.

The Handbook has been called "…the most complete and straight-forward introduction to OSHA and the 58 steps in the SHARP certification process...including the necessary materials and documents on CD to create a customized workplace and training manual and a SHARP Action Plan," by David E. Wacker, CFPS, Director of the Workplace safety and Health Division, Maine Department of Labor.

Every workplace in the United States must comply with OSHA occupational safety and health standards to assure employee protection from workplace hazards — or face the possibility of fines and legal actions. Yet many employers, especially smaller organizations, do not have formal safety programs or staff dedicated to develop and run them. They often assume formal safety programs are too expensive and time-consuming to implement.

Designed especially for small business — manufacturers, packagers, retailers, labs, medical offices, contractors, and more — The Maine Handbook on Occupational Safety and Health is a comprehensive and practical step-by-step guide to the development and implementation of workplace safety programs. The content was compiled from reliable government and OSHA sources, and is clearly organized, outlined, and explained.

According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor, 4.6 million US workers are seriously injured on the job each year, tens of thousands contract serious workplace diseases and medical conditions, and some of these workers die on the job. Federal penalties can start at $7,000 for a single incident and rise substantially if hazards are not corrected.

Making sense of OSHA regulations can be challenging, and it is often difficult to know where to begin. With The Maine Handbook on Occupational Safety & Health, employers can quickly understand what they need to know and what they need to do, and begin to access invaluable resources, programs, training and consulting services to build their workplace safety program.

“Safety really has no limitations — it applies to every setting where individuals spend part or all of their day as workers, customers, suppliers, and contractors,” says Goldenson. “Our Handbook offers a practical, plain English guide to help employers establish safe and healthy workplaces and avoid costly fines while improving workplace morale and the bottom line."

Company Information

Compliance Publications, Inc. is a publisher of occupational safety and health manuals based in Damariscotta, Maine. Daniel R. Goldenson, President, is a graduate of Princeton University, with a degree in economics and public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. He has developed more than 200 specialized guides and directories in the fields of education, medicine, commercial real estate, business, and finance.

Compliance Publications, Inc. is the second publishing business created in Maine by Daniel Goldenson. The first, called Starting Out, Inc., focused on life skills education for high school and college students, GED candidates, veterans, and individuals about to be released from prison. Starting Out, Inc. was acquired by McGraw-Hill, Inc. in 2010.

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