By Bill Herzog is the CEO of Lionheart Security Services
Safety at your company is a top priority for any business owner. This is especially true for any company that has employees working on potentially hazardous job sites. Industrial plant workers, construction workers, warehouse workers, and healthcare workers all could be exposed to potentially dangerous OSHA violations. You want to spot and report these potential violations before they cause unwanted injury and liability. This means ensuring you have enough qualified people on site that can spot these issues and one of the best methods to do this is hiring OSHA 10 certified security guards. These security guards benefit a variety of job sites because they have the proper training and credentials to spot dangerous OSHA violations.
OSHA 10 security guards are trained by OSHA instructors via a ten-hour construction industry training program. OSHA 10 training gives professionals who work on job sites a general ability to recognize OSHA violations on-site and prevent injury from said violations. OSHA 10 security guards are not just guards walking through the floor but guards that will help you avoid costly OSHA violations and most importantly prevent injury to your team.
Hiring OSHA 10 certified guards means they will identify safety hazards and then send them to the proper chain of command. They will ensure people are wearing proper personal protection equipment, check for unmarked holes, and find tripping hazards, as well as improperly placed equipment. They are looking for anything that can be a safety violation on your work site.
Hiring OSHA 10 security guards is usually a low priority for most companies since they are more concerned about training their own workers. However, the best-case scenario is that you have as many people who understand OSHA in the workplace as possible.
Most companies are unaware that OSHA 10 security guards exist and the option is a welcome surprise to many company executives. They are happy to hire another set of eyes to look out for OSHA violations. Security is frequently forgotten about on job sites. Everyone who works on-site should be OSHA 10 certified, but sadly, many companies hire guards that are not certified to do the job and lack the training to catch violations. A security company that is not certified could use guards that are unaware of safety protocol which could lead them to be the cause of an OSHA violation.
A good security company will take OSHA seriously and have every guard who works on your site OSHA 10 certified. A well-put-together security company will even get members of their team instructor certified so they can certify their workers in-house.
The benefit of having OSHA 10 certified guards is that you will have a security team that is aware of the risks that exist on a job site. They can recognize dangers on a job site in real-time. They can recognize something as simple as a backhoe left in the up position as a hazard and properly document it to the foreman.
OSHA 10 certification is a requirement for many workers on worksites and your security team should not be an exception to that rule. Safety is the topmost priority for any company so make sure your security team has the ability to not only protect your job site but also spot and report violations. It is always better to ere on the side of caution than to have a violation occur and regret not having the team spot it beforehand.
Bill Herzog is the CEO of Lionheart Security Services in Tempe, Ariz. He is an expert in construction and private business security and has over 25 years of law enforcement experience.