Texas Safety and Health: What you need to know

Safety and health in the workplace are regulated in large part according to standards developed under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, a federal law. The law provides for individual states to devise and administer their own work safety laws and regulations, provided that the state programs are federally approved and at least as stringent as the corresponding federal standards. Because Texas does not have its own approved occupational safety and health plan, federal standards are the governing law of the state. There is additional information on Texas OSHA requirements.
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The Occupational Safety and Health Consultation (OSHCON) program is a free service available to private employers through the Texas Department of Insurance/Division of Workers' Compensation. The program is designed to help businesses in high hazard industries to identify potential hazards and improve their safety and health management systems. It is separate from OSHA compliance activities, it is confidential, and no penalties are assessed or violations cited in connection with the consultation. The employer must make a commitment to correct imminent dangers and other serious job safety and health hazards in a timely manner.
Studies have shown that Texas employers experience fewer reported injuries and illnesses following their participation in the OSHCON program. There are 18 area consultation offices throughout the state. The OSHCON program can be especially helpful to small employers that have limited staff or resources to allocate toward the development and implementation of safety and health programs.
OSHCON offers a special recognition program for qualified ...

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