59: New OSHA regulations for toxic behavior in the workplace?

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In many industries employees are exposed to all kinds of hazards in the workplace. When it comes to known hazards like asbestos or radiation, employers can follow OSHA (Occupational Safety Hazards Administration) regulations to protect their employees from harm.

Toxic workplace? Try these OSHA standards

Proposed OSHA guidelines for the workplace

From exposure to toxic chemicals to excessive noise levels, OSHA standards are the guide. But there is one thing that I think has been overlooked – or unaddressed. And that is the known dangers of a toxic work environment.

We’ve all experienced what that feels like.

‘Walking around on eggshells’ in the office, because someone is in a bad mood. Unevenly enforced rules. Subtle snide remarks from a colleague aiming to disempower you, which causes a wall of resentment to build.

Let’s be honest here, no one likes coming into work feeling uncomfortable – or dreading even coming in the first place. So, what do we need to do about it?

In this episode, I’m going to share the reasons and studies to support why I think OSHA should adopt my ‘proposed’ standards for toxic behavior.

What you’ll hear in this podcast:

  • What and “why” is OSHA
  • What is psychological safety
  • How does psychological safety affect team members
  • The top 5 most common forms of incivility in the workplace
  • Toxic workplace studies
  • Suggestions for regulating toxic work environments
  • Effective ways to address workplace conflict

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