Small business owners with fewer than 10 employees in low-risk, non-farming industries may be exempt from some Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reporting requirements. However, you’ll still have to follow OSHA regulations and are subject to certain OSHA inspections and even citations.
Here are OSHA requirements for employers of small businesses (in non-farming, low-hazard industries with fewer than 10 employees):
On the other hand, you may be exempt from certain OSHA requirements:
According to OSHA, as a business owner, you are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for your employees. To establishing a strong safety and health program for your small business, follow the OSHA four-point workplace program which entails:
Remember…if you’re a small, non-farming business in a low-hazard industry, OSHA can still inspect your work facility and issue citations. A partial exemption from certain OSHA record-keeping requirements and routine safety inspections does not mean you are not subject to OSHA regulations.
Read more in our Pie Insurance post Do small businesses have to follow OSHA? and refer to OSHA’s small business site and the OSHA small business handbook for more details. All situations vary, so be sure to check with an attorney to confirm which OSHA regulations apply to your business.
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