Employee safety and OSHA compliance is one of our specialties at Nine Point Strategies. Our experienced staff of OSHA professionals are ready to assist you with all your safety needs including all legally required programs and trainings. From development of your cannabis operations Illness and Injury Prevention Program to consulting on workers compensation claims brought to you by employees, Nine Point is ready to join your team and get to work.
Injury & Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP)
With approximately 3 million non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses occurring each year and an estimated $170 billion dollars in costs that are associated with them, which is why it is important for employers to do what they can to protect their workers. Learn how to get your operation compliant with state and federal requirements by contacting our Safety Services Department today.Learn More
Chemical Hazard Communication Program (CHCP)
Every day throughout the US, employees in the Cannabis industry work directly with or are incidentally exposed to hazardous substances. While chemicals play a very important part in the Cannabis industry, they can pose a wide range of health and physical hazards, if protective measures are not taken.Learn More
Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
Emergencies and disasters are never expected and can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time. In the moment of crisis, few people can think clearly or logically, so it is of the utmost importance to prepare for any emergency beforehand.Learn More
Safety Trainings (Employee & Management Level)
The first step to OSHA compliance and injury prevention is knowledge. Educating and training our employees on the hazards associated with their job is not only your responsibility as an employer, but training our employees to work safely can have other long-lasting, positive effects.Learn More
General Safety Consulting & Support
Whether you need clarification of an OSHA regulation or if you’ve just been visited by OSHA and you need urgent guidance, our team of experienced safety professionals are ready to assist!Learn More
- Retail Dispensaries
- Smoke Shop
- Landlords of Cannabis Tenants
- Cyber Liability
- Workers Compensation
- Directors & Officers
- Physicians Errors & Omissions
- Employment Practices Liability
- Course of Construction
OSHA Penalty Structure
Every year, millions of workers are injured at the workplace – many of which are considered seriously injured. These accidents and injuries could prompt an inspection from OSHA, which may result in expensive penalties and fines.
Injury & Illness Prevention Program
Accidents in the workplace cost employers significant money in workers comp claims and OSHA Fines. There are approximately 3 million non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses occurring each year and an estimated $170 billion dollars in costs that are associated with them, it is important for employers to do what they can to protect their workers.
OSHA requires that all employers provide their employees with “a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.” Although other safety programs are required, the Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) is the primary plan to comply with OSHA standards and to reduce the risk and cost of injury.
The IIPP is a site-specific written program that is designed to address the identified hazards in the workplace and outlines how employers plan on protecting their employees from them.
Am I required to have a Safety Program
- California: Yes, employers with 10 or more employees must have a written IIPP
- Washington: Yes, all employers are required to have a written Accident Prevention Program (APP)
- Oregon: Yes, all construction employers and all other employers with 10 or more employees are required to have a written IIPP.
Failure to comply with this law will result in fines of up to $12,471 per violation! Fines may vary by state.
Benefits of an Effective IIPP
- Reduction in work-related injuries
- Reduced Worker’s Compensation costs
- Avoid costly penalties from OSHA
- Increased productivity
- Reduced time and resources spent to replace or reassign injured workers
- Reduced absenteeism
Chemical Hazard Communications Plan
Every day throughout the US, employees in the Cannabis industry work directly with or are incidentally exposed to hazardous substances that can be harmful to their health and safety. Chemical exposure in the workplace can have long-lasting negative effects on an employee’s health, if they are not properly protected. OSHA has specific regulations on chemical use and exposure in the workplace and as an employer, it is our obligation to ensure they are protected from the hazards they present.
The main way we can protect our employees and keep in compliance with OSHA’s standards is by developing and implementing a Chemical Hazard Communication Program. This written program identifies the potential hazards of chemical use in the workplace and how we will communicate these hazards to our employees, as well as detailing our plan to protect them.
Failure to have a written Chemical Hazard Communication Program in place and failure to train your employees is against OSHA regulations and a fine of up to $12,471 may be assessed.
Emergency Action Plan
Emergencies and disasters are never expected and can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time. In the moment of crisis, few people can think clearly or logically, so it is of the utmost importance to prepare for any emergency beforehand.
As employers, being prepared is the best way to comply with OSHA standards and protect ourselves, our employees, and our business. Developing and implementing a plan of action, along with employee training, will result in fewer and less severe injuries, less structural damage to your business and less chaos!
Nine Point Strategies specializes in creating Emergency Action Plans (EAP’s) for any business to ensure they are ready when disaster or OSHA strikes! Call today for a free consultation.
YES! OSHA requires all employers with 10 or more employees to have a written plan in place. OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.38 (Click Here to View)
Workplace Emergencies to Consider
- Bomb Threats
- Chemical Spills
- Civil Disturbances
- Toxic Gas Release
- Utility Failure
- Workplace Violence
Employee & Management Level Safety Trainings
Regularly training our employees can help minimize the frequency of injuries in the workplace, decrease Workers Compensation premiums, improve employee morale and retention, avoid costly OSHA Fines, all while changing the overall safety culture. Stratton Agency offers a full range of safety trainings and certifications including, but not limited to:
- Accident Investigation Training
- Burn & Scalds Prevention Training
- Chemical Hazard Communication Training
- Confined Space Training & Certification
- Emergency Action Plan Training
- Fire Extinguisher/Protection Training
- Heat Stress/Illness Prevention Training
- Ladder Safety Training
- Lockout/Tagout Training
- Personal Protective Equipment Training
- Proper Lifting/Back Safety Training
- Respiratory Protection Training
- Slips, Trips, & Falls Training
- Workers Comp Management Training & Support
- Workplace Violence Training
- And more!
General Safety Consulting & Support
Our team can work with you and your staff to develop procedures and processes to improve the safety and compliance of your workplace, update you on changes in OSHA regulations, strategize to reduce injuries and illnesses and more! Contact our sales team to find out more.
Here are some of the typical questions we address regularly with clients. Let Nine Point be your go-to contact for OSHA and Employee Safety questions.
What does my company need to be in compliance with OSHA standards?
What trainings are required for my employees?
My ex-mod on workers comp is really high, what can I do to be a safer company?
How do I fill out my OSHA 300 log?
What can I expect when OSHA visits my location?
Understanding OSHA’s Penalty Structure
Employers should be aware of the potential risks at their company due to safety hazards and ensure that a comprehensive safety and health program is being implemented to minimize or eliminate those and reduce their workers comp insurance costs. Being safety minded and staying compliant within OSHA’s rules and regulations will save you money!
A violation that the employer knowingly commits or commits with plain indifference to the law. The employer either knows that what he or she is doing constitutes a violation, or is aware that a hazardous conditions existed and made no reasonable effort to eliminate it. Penalties of up to $129,336 may be proposed for each willful violation, with a minimum penalty of $5,000 for each violation.
A violation of any standard, regulation, rule or order where, upon reinspection, a substantially similar violation can bring a fine of up to $129,336 for each such violation.
Other than Serious Violations
A violation that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm. A proposed penalty of up to $12,934 for each violation is discretionary.
Other-Than-Serious Posting Requirements
A violation where there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and that the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard. A mandatory penalty of up to $12,934 for each violation is proposed.
Failure to Abate Prior Violation
Failure to abate a prior violation may bring a civil penalty of up to $12,934 for each day the violation continues beyond the prescribed abatement date.