OSHA Small Business Handbook Supports Employer Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration Standards

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The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Spotlights OSHA’s Small Business Handbook to Encourage Employer Safety Programs

Cari Elofson, Assistant Director

Cari Elofson, Assistant Director

The Small Business Handbook is just one example of how OSHA works with employers to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, the only authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Center headquartered in Northern California, is spotlighting the OSHA Small Business Handbook to encourage and support the efforts of small business employers to establish safe and healthy workplaces while complying with OSHA’s safety and health requirements.

The materials in the OSHA Small Business Handbook are based on Federal OSHA standards as well as generally accepted principles and activities within the occupational safety and health field. While the handbook is not a legal interpretation of the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, it can serve as a useful guideline to small business owners or managers and can be adapted to a wide variety of workplaces.

“We know that most employers place a high value on the well-being of their employees and are committed to safe and healthful work practices,” said Cari Elofson, Assistant Director of the OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. “The Small Business Handbook is just one example of how OSHA works with employers to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. We believe that making job safety and health a real part of everyday operations will better enable employers to avoid possible losses in the future.

The OSHA Small Business Handbook highlights the importance of developing a safety and health protection plan that addresses the specific types of accidents and health hazard exposures that could occur, which will vary with each unique workplace. As a plan is implemented and integrated into the business culture, employers can expect that safety and health awareness will become second nature to their employees.

The OSHA Small Business Handbook can be accessed and downloaded at the Federal OSHA website. Additional copies can be ordered from the U.S. Government Printing Office, (GPO), Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop SDE, 732 N. Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC 20401, or by calling the OSHA Publications Office at (202) 693-1888.

The OSHA Training Center is offering OSHA 7510 - Introduction to OSHA for Small Business, a half-day workshop focused on workplace safety and health issues for small businesses, on May 20, 2016, in Dublin, California.

About the OSHA Training Center

The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District offers high quality Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standards-based training for construction, maritime and general industry in Dublin, California, conveniently located in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as locations throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam. Programs offered include OSHA safety standards, Outreach Trainer courses, Cal/OSHA standards curriculum, environmental courses and customized on-site safety training. For more information, including a complete course schedule, visit the OSHA Training Center website or call (866) 936-OSHA (6742).

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