Hard work and profitable incentives go a long way toward creating a prosperous business. There is another factor that has made US businesses prosper in spite of the mixed feelings that it brings: OSHA.
OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Act which was created by the U.S. Department of Labor, may have a tendency to strike fear in the hearts of CEOs and management teams with nerve-wracking inspections, fines, and demands for equipment upgrades or modifications. Yet, the end result of such monitoring has proven beneficial in the area of saved lives and increased production – making businesses more profitable and successful than ever before.
The U.S. Department of Labor states,
“Studies have shown that a direct correlation exists between a company’s performance in safety and its subsequent performance in productivity and financial results. Injury and Illness Prevention Programs will help…businesses remain competitive in a global market.”
A Five-step Injury and Illness Prevention Plan
OSHA encourages the use of an injury and illness prevention program that is based on a universal set of key elements. These elements are:
–Management initiative and involvement: A successful EHS program starts at the top. CEOs, members of the board of directors and management teams must demonstrate awareness and desire for a safe workplace if an illness and injury prevention program is going to succeed.
–Worker participation: A successful illness and injury prevention program is possible only when the work force actively pursues the safety culture instituted by the management. This team effort saves lives and increases production.
–Hazard management: This involves identifying potential hazards, developing a plan for dealing with them, and putting that plan into action.
–Education and training: Bring your management team together and get them operating on the same page with a mobile training program and shared software that promotes uniformity throughout the entire corporation.
–Program evaluation and improvement: Sometimes a fresh look from the outside is needed to spot areas that need improvement. (Our expert consultants can help your team pinpoint those potential areas and help you develop solutions for improvement.)
Spending the time and money needed to enact this five-step prevention program is a smart move. As Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor, stated,
“According to the National Safety Council, workplace injuries and illnesses cost our economy 198.2 billion dollars a year. That’s over half a billion dollars each day!”
OSHA has made employers responsible for providing a safe, healthy work environment for their employees. Businesses which take the time and money to invest in programs that prevent illness and injury on the job are doing their part to offset this catastrophic loss in the labor force. Not only is it the morally right thing to do, but it is also a wise move towards building a prosperous company!