When starting or operating a business, you have many legal obligations to comply with. Some of the regulatory requirements involve making sure you are paying the right amount of taxes and that you have properly registered your business organization with local authorities. The most important regulations you must comply with, however, are those related to health and safety matters.
Those who are running a business have an obligation to customers and consumers to protect their safety. Employers also have a duty to employees to ensure that they are providing a safe workplace environment that is as free as possible of hazardous conditions that could lead to on-the-job injuries and death. A failure to understand your obligations when it comes to safety and health matters can result in a lawsuit, fines and citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and even criminal prosecution. The Law Offices of Mike Ross can help business owners and those in charge of operations to understand the law and ensure they are taking the right steps to protect the business, workers and the public.
Safety and Health Matters When Running a Business
When running a business, safety and health matters to be aware of include the following:
- Premises liability laws. You are required to ensure that you have a reasonably safe premises before inviting customers onto your land or into your building. Those who do business with customers have the highest duty of care to ensure that the property is safe. You must regularly inspect your property and either warn customers of hazardous conditions or correct anything dangerous. If there is reason to believe that there may be a risk of violence or other injury to consumers at your business, you must also provide reasonable security to avoid liability.
- Occupational Safety and Health Act requirements. The Occupational Safety and Health Act set myriad requirements for workplace safety. There are regulations on everything from the required protection from falls to limits on the amount and types of toxic chemicals that workers can be exposed to on the job.
- Child Labor Laws. When hiring younger employees under the age of 18, special precautions must be taken to ensure their safety. Child labor laws impose strict limits on the number of hours that young people can work and also preclude employers from hiring young workers to do dangerous jobs such as operating meat slicers or certain types of heavy equipment.
- Clean Air and Water Laws. There are many laws regulating pollution in the air as well as into ground water. You must comply with all regulations passed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) related to clean air and water. For example, keeping emissions levels down and disposing of pollutants properly is required so you do not face large fines and clean-up costs.
These are just a few of the safety and health matters to be aware of when running a business. The Law Offices of Mike Ross can go over all of the different laws applicable to your situation and help you to ensure you comply with your legal obligations. Call today to speak with a San Jose business law attorney who can help you.