The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an education and enforcement action focused on high-hazard manufacturing facilities in Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri.
Jeff Funke, area administrator with OSHA’s Omaha office, says the effort is all about preventing injuries.
“Incidents are preventable, if the right steps are taken,” Funke says. “There are many avenues for employers to protect their employees.”
One option is the Nebraska On-site Safety and Health Consultation Program.
“That is a free service,” Funke says. “They will do the same type of inspection that the enforcement side of OSHA will do, make them aware of their hazards, give them advice on how to correct this.”
Funke says the enforcement phase will begin after a 90-day outreach period with employers. He says violators will be cited and likely face fines, so everyone at a manufacturing site should get involved.
“The employee that raises the concern is actually doing the employer a favor and the cost of injury is much higher than the corrective action, so we all need to work together – employers, employees, and also the regulatory agencies,” Funke says.
Funke says inspections focused on manufacturing facilities will begin this spring and run through September.
More information about the Nebraska On-site Safety and Health Consultation Program is available at (402) 471-4717. The area OSHA office can be reached at (402) 553-0171.