South Carolina and federal laws require employers to furnish employees with a place of employment that is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees. The law also requires both the employer and employee to comply with all occupational safety and health rules and regulations set forth under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which is enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The employer also is required to keep its employees informed of the protections and obligations under the law, through the posting of notices or other appropriate means.
Employers should implement a safety and health policy to establish that a safe work environment is not only important to the employer but should be to employees. While the sample policy is intended to apply to a manufacturing setting, even employers in the safest work environments should provide at least a short statement in writing to employees evidencing the employer’s concern for their health and safety.
The objective of a health and safety policy in all work settings is to make employees more conscious of safety concerns and reduce the...
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