Buckle Belt is now back from their Thanksgiving break and are ready to dive in to making their prototype. Myself, Jada Washington during Thanksgiving break worked on OSHA Training. OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration which came from Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. During training I have learned that their overall mission is to help reduce the amount of employees and employers job injuries, illnesses and deaths. More OSHA responsibilities include:
- Creating a required job safety and health standards.
- Implement those standards, and if not followed enact penalties for being unsafe during work.
- Keeping updated record keeping’s including illnesses, injuries and deaths.
- Providing the needed training and materials to promote safety
Through Career Safe also known as OSHA, I was able to learn the importance behind safety with using the philosophy “StartSafe and StaySafe.” As most people know the true definition of safety is “the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury.” From listening to OSHA training I was able to learn that “StartSafe” is understanding your job, thinking about safety and planning your actions. It is important to understand the job and its requirements, if the job isn’t understood then think of questions to ask that will allow you to understand. Thinking about safety is important because you want to make know what the dangers of the job are by observing your surroundings to recognize any hazards and dangers. Also make sure you have the correct tools and equipment available, and seeing if there are any further training needed. Planning actions is important after you know all requirements and safety needs to plan how you will do your job safely and successfully. “StaySafe” is using your knowledge, practicing safety and sharing safety. Knowledge is the best way to ensure that you and others stay safe. Practicing safety is making sure you are always thinking and acting safe. With the knowledge you’ve gained you are to share the responsibility with others to make sure everyone stays safe.
From what I have previous stated, safety has become very important to me and is the first need for our (Buckle Belt Inc) needs. As a teenager I believe that people my age could see how important safety is due to the fact from OSHA that “One youth worker is killed every 5 days in work-related incident.” This number should decrease substantially because these individuals are young and unable to live a full life before being killed on the job. It would be even better if zero amount of individuals are killed whether they are young or old.
Through going through more OSHA training I also read about “The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1983” who “establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting full-time and part-time workers.” Minimum wage really caught my eye in the definition due to the fact that I think this was a huge reform. It is important that even non-skilled workers, who weren’t able to receive an education has an opportunity to have a minimum wage job to support themselves and/or their family.
OSHA training has taught me a lot and makes me want to live a much safer life and not just go through the motions. With what I have learned I would be glad to teach others in my family and even friends about the need for practicing safety. Besides from OSHA, I am really excited to build our prototype but it is disheartening since our materials are still not in. There is still hope, and I will be ready whenever the materials decide to come in!