Workers are exposed to a variety of safety hazards in their workplaces. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assist employers and employees in reducing injuries, illnesses and deaths on the job in the U.S. OSHA has recently stepped up enforcement and is targeting businesses with high injury and illness rates.
Companies effectively implementing comprehensive safety and health programs experience lower workers’ compensation insurance costs, reduced medical expenditures, decreased payout for return-to work programs, fewer faulty products, and lower costs for job accommodations for injured workers. There are also benefits such as increased productivity, lower costs for training replacement workers and decreased costs for overtime.
If your organization wants to reduce accidents, injuries, illnesses, and their related costs, everyone must place as much emphasis on safety and health issues as they place on other company issues, such as production, sales, and quality control. To achieve the highest level of workplace safety, safety and health efforts must be balanced with, and integrated into other core business processes. Building a sustainable safety culture is a critical component of an effective safety and health program.
“Safety First” is often repeated in the workplace, but in reality, safety should not be considered separately. Rather, it must become a core value of your organization. To emphasize the principle that safety is as important as production change “Safety First” to “Safe production is our only standard.” Read more here about building a sustainable safety culture.
Ecothink group can provide the following services:
- Comprehensive safety and health programs
- Specific on site health and safety plans (HASP)
- On site safety audits
- Assistance with OSHA safety inspections
- Ergonomic programs
- Safety Training
- Emergency action plans
- Electrical safety
- Fall protection plans