Founded in 1971, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requires that all work areas be safe for employees, including maintenance workers. A maintenance employee in California commonly performs routine checks and repairs at facilities and the grounds. Some of these jobs may involve carpentry, plumbing and electrical work.

Asbestos

OSHA requires auto repair services for brakes and clutch follow asbestos regulations. OSHA prefers the shops to use a HEPA system and low-pressure cleaning methods with low water. These methods do not require respiratory control. If the owner of the shop employs a similar method, the employer must show that the asbestos levels are lower than the suggested OSHA method.

Fall Prevention

OSHA requires floor openings to have guard rails that meet construction standards, and they must be installed on both sides of staircases, excluding entrances. If a stairwell is rarely used and can’t support rails, the floor should have a durable floor cover. Fixable rails are required to be installed on both sides.

A toe board must be installed on both sides of a ladder-way floor opening, and skylight screens must be placed around all skylight floor openings. Toe boards also should be installed in areas where materials may fall, and a window comes below a landing.

Safety Equipment

OSHA sets regulations for personal protective equipment. PPE includes safety gear for electrical hazards and respirators. The equipment should include a machine guard to avoid contact with danger zones and motion guards to keep limbs and hands out of hazardous areas.

Abiding by OSHA regulations reduces an employer’s risk of getting served lawsuits due to employee injuries. Injured workers may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they get injured on the job. They could also report an employer for violating OSHA requirements.