When it comes to workplace safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is our nation’s authority. OSHA’s been around since 1971, offering a plethora of resources that have been proven effective.
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
“Workplace injuries can cause dramatic increases in a Workers’ Compensation premium” said Brian Canady, Focus HR Inc’s Operations Manager. “This can be financially devastating to a business owner, so we think you can never hear enough about OSHA’s recommendations.“
To keep your work force happy and healthy, make sure your business managers are doing their part.
OSHA’s Four Actions that managers should be taking:
- Action item 1: Communicate your commitment to a safety and health program
- Action item 2: Define program goals
- Action item 3: Allocate resources
- Action item 4: Expect performance
Of course, without proper action from employees safety will be ever-elusive.
Here are OSHA’s Five Actions for employees:
- Action item 1: Encourage workers to participate in the program
- Action item 2: Encourage workers to report safety and health concerns
- Action item 3: Give workers access to safety and health information
- Action item 4: Involve workers in all aspects of the program
- Action item 5: Remove barriers to participation
Basically, when business managers and employees work together, the odds of success can only skyrocket. Just be sure to consider all of your industry hazards, and don’t forget the potential impact of outside contractors.