Quartz Hill Chamber Business Development Center
SOME OTHER VALUABLE CONSIDERATIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESS:::::
1. MSDS - You will need to keep and have current a Material Safety Data Sheet reference notebook.
This notebook is to be a reference on the chemical or other possible
hazardous properties of any items that
you are USING in your business operation. This safety requirement is so
that employees can read and be
aware of precautions needed when working at the business. NOTE: This
MSDS is not for items you are
selling in the business, just those that you are USING in the
business. Every manufacturer makes such
sheets for all of the products they sell, and will gladly send you
copies for your MSDS Book.
2. ADA: - The Americans with Disabilities Act is the determinate on any accomodations you will need to comply
with to insure accessibility for handicapped individuals as your
customers or employees. Everything from
aisle width to bathroom dimensions to parking lot size need to be
considered. Information is on the internet
and here. (ADA Standards for Accessible Design)
3. OSHA - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This organization, and its cousin, CalOSHA,
set guidelines and directives stipulating what safety measures
businesses are required to institute to insure
worker safety. Safety violations can be very expensive and are of
a high priority. Each business must have
an IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Plan) and businesses must be
sure that it is complied with. An example,
each business over a certain hire limit must post an OSHA Form 200
annually from February to April. This
form states any accidents and injuries over the past year and must be
placed in a common employee viewing area
so that all are aware. SAMPLE IIPP
4. Employee Handbooks: Businesses should produce an Employee Handbook particular to that business.
The book states company policy on all employee interaction with the
business or management. This gets the rules
stated so that employees know such things as work hours, sick days,
sexual harassment policies, dress codes, etc.
Sample Employee Handbook
5. Labor Law Posters: The latest revision is the March 7, 2014 Californis Required Notices Packate. In a common
employee break area, the state of California requires the posting of a
standardized set of posters which
have information about minimum wage, voting rights, emergency medical
aid, workers compensation,
hours of operation and such. Any changes to the data on the posters
requires a new poster or set of posters.
These posters may be purchased locally or over the internet..