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Employer safety responsibilities in Texas

Based on regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers have a variety of responsibilities related to ensuring that workplaces are safe for their employers. These include ensuring that employees are provided with appropriate and safe tools to complete their work as well as being trained on safe ways to use the tools and avoid hazards.

Along with training, some of OSHA's requirements mandate the use of posters, color codes and signs to inform employees of potential risks. If hazardous chemicals are in use, employers must create a written hazard communication program and train employees on it. Safety data sheets must also be made available.

If an accident does occur or an employee is injured, employers are required to report these instances to OSHA in a timely manner. All work-related fatalities must be reported to OSHA within eight hours, and all losses of an eye, amputations and in-patient hospitalizations must be reported within 24 hours. Organizations are also obligated to keep records of employee injuries, but there are some exceptions. For example, this requirement does not apply to employers with fewer than 10 employees or that are in low-risk industries. Employees and their authorized representatives must also be given access to medical and exposure records.

In most cases, businesses are also required to provide workers' compensation insurance to their employees. Workers' compensation benefits usually cover medical expenses and lost wages for individuals who have been harmed at or because of their work. If someone has been injured at work or has developed a medical condition, a lawyer could help them file a claim. Additionally, if a claim has been denied, a lawyer may be able to help someone have it appealed.

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