We at LCS Constructors, Inc. take safety incredibly seriously. We firmly believe that there can be no short-cuts when it comes to keeping our employees and your personnel safe. We have safety officers under our employ and we also provide safety education programs, perform weekly safety meetings, and stay up to date on the latest safety regulations. We also utilize proper knowledge of OSHA and ANSI safety regulations. To give you a better idea of just what that means, we have provided a brief introduction to those organizations.
OSHA: Occupational Safety & Health Administration
As a part of the United States Department of Labor, OSHA, or the Occupational Safety & Health Administration exists to “assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance” (About OSHA). In other words, OSHA maintains standards, rules, and methods employers must use to protect employees and others from hazardous conditions in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, or the OSH Act. These standards and rules cover everything from construction management companies and maritime operations, to agriculture and general industry. The following are examples of the standards that employers are required to adhere to:
- provide fall protection
- prevent trenching cave-ins
- prevent exposure to some infectious diseases
- ensure the safety of workers who enter confined spaces
- prevent exposure to harmful chemicals
- put guards on dangerous machines
- provide respirators or other safety equipment
- provide training for certain dangerous jobs in a language and vocabulary workers can understand (OSHA FAQ)
To learn more about OSHA, the OSH Act, and the standards and regulations all construction management companies and many other businesses and agencies are required to follow, please visit the Occupational Safety & Health Administration at https://www.osha.gov/.
ANSI: American National Standards Institute
Whereas OSHA is a government agency, ANSI, or the American National Standards Institute, is a federation of over 1,000 businesses, government agencies, construction management companies, and other associations operating out of the private sector. These agencies and institutions work in close concert with one another to develop a national consensus on “dimensions, ratings, terminology and symbols, test methods, and performance and safety requirements for personnel, products, systems and services in hundreds of industries” (ANSI FAQ). In other words, ANSI is responsible for ensuring that safety standards, processes, and various products are consistent throughout the country. ANSI is also active in an accreditation process which assesses the competence and ability of the organizations who determine conformance to standards.
To learn more about the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), their standards, or operations, visit their website at http://www.ansi.org/.
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We cannot stress enough how important it is to maintain high standards when it comes to the safety of our employees and your personnel. During planning, construction, and beyond, we make every effort to ensure that each individual can operate in the safest environment possible. It is equally important that you as a client and consumer are aware of the standards and procedures construction management companies like ours adhere to. To read more information, stay tuned for Part II in our Safety series, “Safety Pays Part 2: Employer Responsibilities.”