A closer look at common regulatory compliance violations

For many business owners in Minnesota, one of their highest priorities is ensuring that their employees stay safe and have the proper tools and resources to do their jobs. Often, to guarantee that policies are adhered to, organizational leaders develop and enforce protocols designed to provide order and optimize function. If such rules are violated by employees or by the company as a whole, anyone who is involved could be at risk of legal consequences for failing to comply with regulatory standards.

So, some may wonder, what is regulatory compliance? According to The University of Scranton, regulatory compliance refers specifically to the laws that organizations are required to follow in order to operate legally. For example, rules regarding health benefits, hiring procedures, retention, employee privacy, work environment and methods for disciplining and terminating employees, must be strictly observed to avoid costly legal consequences. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that the most common violations of regulatory policy include the following:

  • Poor respiratory protection. 
  • Breach of hazardous controls such as lockout and tagout procedures. 
  • Faulty machinery guarding.
  • Lackluster hazard communication.
  • Inadequate fall protection. 

Other violations are centered around the way that electrical systems are designed. Poorly designed systems put workers at risk and reduce the effectiveness of their job. The way in which equipment is used, maintained and stored is also a common area where regulatory compliance issues occur. Company leaders should train their employees to be watchful of potential dangers like switches, wet surfaces, insulators and conductors when operating any type of equipment. 

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