SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE GUIDE
Environmental Regulations by Industry
Industry sector specific materials that explain environmental regulations.
- Sector Notebooks
- One for each of 33 industries; each covers environmental regulations that apply to that industry.
- Compliance assistance and inspection publications
- Guides, manuals, fact sheets, and brochures pertaining to individual sectors or a specific regulations.
Provided by the U.S. EPA.
Fast fact: Businesses that failed within one or two years of start-up had an average injury rate that was more than twice as high as the average rate for businesses that survived for more than five years.
Source: Holizki T, Nelson L, McDonald R. Injury Rate as an Indicator of Business Success. Industrial Health 2006:166-168.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
OSHA.gov organizes information mostly by industry (such as "construction") or hazard (like "asbestos" or "machine guarding").
Offers lists of booklets, brochures, checklists, and other compliance assistance materials tailored to helping small businesses protect workers and comply with regulations. Three Quick Start paths are offered:
- General Industry
- Health Care
Each path takes the small business user through specific steps to getting information about OSHA workplace rules that may apply to that business. Many resources are downloadable. Materials for employers of Hispanic workers can also be accessed through this site.
An index to all OSHA regulations. Many of the most commonly accessed rules are in the "General Industry Standards," Part 1910.
Introduces the general areas of responsibility that employers have for workplace safety and health. They include:
- Who is covered by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act
- Basic provisions/regulations
- Employee rights
- Recordkeeping, reporting, notices and posters
- Relation to state, local, and other federal laws
- Compliance assistance available
- Department of Labor contacts
Information about required, labor-related posters, including one about job safety and health protection. A chart is provided that includes information about the name of the posters, who must post each one, penalties for not posting, and other information. Poster titles include:
- Job Safety and Health Protection
- Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law
- Fair Labor Standards Act
- Your Rights Under the Family and Medical Leave Act
In some cases downloadable and/or language alternative versions of the required posters are offered.
Provided by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), a part of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Fast fact: More than half of the U.S. labor force works in establishments with fewer than 100 employees.
Source: County Business Patterns. In. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce; 2008.
Overview of OSHA Requirements
Basic information about OSHA requirements and links to OSHA publications, posters, and regulations. Includes links to the following information:
- OSHA standards
- Recordkeeping rules
- Required posters
- Hazard communications
- Inspections information
- OSHA offices
- State programs
- Consultation programs
- Factsheets on job safety
Provided by Environmental Safety and Health in the Community (a group of volunteer scientists and engineers).
An overview of the basic elements of a safety and health program. The OSHA four-point safety program is presented. In addition, this site provides links to more than 40 safety checklists that provide a way to assess a business on different aspects of workplace safety and health.
Provided by Small Business Notes.
Indiana Regulations (applicable to other states)
Designed to help small businesses in Indiana understand and comply with regulations that apply to them. It covers both environmental (11 chapters) and occupational safety and health regulations (26 chapters). Each chapter covers a different regulated area. Many of the safety and health regulations apply in other states too.
Provided by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Image courtesy of IDEM.
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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