Many construction and non construction employers may be placing their companies at risk of receiving an OSHA citation by not being aware of OSHA’s Multi-Employer Citation Policy. Understanding the policy can help limit a company’s exposures to the OSHA citation process. As an adjunct instructor at one of the OSHA Training Institute Education Centers, the author has found that many company safety representatives and operations personnel are unaware of this policy.
This article reviews and reexamines the policy so that construction and non construction employers can further understand how it applies to their farm’s safety program and its value to their clients.
The primary benefit of implementing an effective occupational safety pro-gram is preventing on-the-job injuries. Other benefits include protecting a company from incurring the monetary costs of incidents, loss of productivity and regulatory noncompliance. Avoiding citations is important, as they can lead to monetary fines, being placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program and negative public attention. Also, because clients often use the number and type of OSHA citations when evaluating a company, citations can exclude a farm from the opportunity to be in a client’s bidding process.
Understanding the OSHA Multi-Employer Citation Policy can help a company avoid citations. While savvy companies work proactively to limit their exposure to citations, they also understand that they can add value to their clients by knowing how to limit their clients’ exposures.
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