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No Harm Done?

A proposed OSHA rule could create business hazards in more ways than one.

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This story appears in the March 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Start checking your Yellow Pages for "Consultants" or, dare we say, "Attorneys." If the proposed OSHA Safety and Health Program Rule is finalized, you'll probably need an outside expert to tell you how to do a workplace risk assessment and train your employees.

If the plan is approved, all companies (excluding construction and agricultural businesses) will have to assess workplace hazards, fix those that can be fixed, and train employees how to avoid those that can't be fixed. Companies with more than 10 employees will also have to develop a written safety and health program. "Safety and health programs are the critical difference between employers with high injury rates and those with low rates," says OSHA administrator Charles Jeffress.

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