Making the Business Case for Safety and Health -
Why Should I Care?
Why is safety
and health important for me?
As an employer
(or person representing the employer), you have
a duty to protect your workers from injury and
illness on the job. Protecting workers also
makes good business sense. Accidents and
injuries are more expensive than many realize.
Costs mount up quickly. But substantial savings
in workers’ compensation and lost workdays are
possible when injuries and illness decline. The
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) can help you.
OSHA regulations is essential. Compliance along
with an effective voluntary safety and health
program can help reduce your costs and injuries
and illnesses. An organized, carefully crafted
plan that systematically focuses on workplace
hazards and employee training is critical.
How can I
reduce employee injuries and illnesses?
Buy-in from every
manager and employee is essential. Everyone has
to work at safety and health.
Each safety and
health program should be tailored to fit the
company, to blend with its unique operations and
culture, and to help employers maintain a system
that continually addresses workplace hazards.
How do I
develop this program?
There are four
elements that every effective program should
leadership and employee involvement,
and control, and
safety and health
training and education.
What do you
mean by management commitment and employee
employees work together to make safety and
health a priority.
For example, this
partnership can be achieved when you:
Post the company’s
written safety and health policy for all to see
in policymaking on safety and health issues
Take an active part
in safety activities
Hold meetings that
focus on employee safety and health
Abide by all safety
and health rules
commitment by investing time, effort, and money
in your safety and health program.
worksite analysis and how often do I have to do
analysis means that you and your employees
analyze all worksite conditions to
eliminate existing or potential hazards. This
should be done on a regular
and timely basis.
There should be a current hazard analysis for
all jobs and processes
employees know and understand.
To do this, you
Become aware of
hazards in your industry
Create safety teams
to report workplace hazards
Examine history of
Have an adequate
system for reporting hazards
personnel conduct inspections of the worksite
and correct hazards
Ensure that any
changes in process or new high-hazard facilities
are reviewed by a competent person
from safety and health experts.
What else do I
need to know?
The next part of
a good safety and health program means that you
continually review your work environment and
work practices to control or prevent workplace
hazards. This can be done when you:
thoroughly maintain equipment
Ensure that hazard
correction procedures are in place
employees know how to use and maintain personal
Ensure that all
employees understand and follow safe work
Make sure that,
where necessary, you have a medical program
tailored to your facility to help prevent
workplace hazards and exposures.
It is important
that everyone in the workplace be properly
trained, from the floor worker to the
supervisors, managers, contractors, and
part-time and temporary employees. This can be
done when you:
Allow only properly
authorized and instructed employees to do any
Make sure no
employees do any job that appears unsafe
preparedness drills for employees
attention to employees learning new operations
to make sure they have the proper job skills and
awareness of hazards
and managers to recognize hazards and understand
Good Examples of Cost Reduction Through
Proactive Safety Programs
* On August 29,
2001, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company released
a report titled: A Majority of U.S. Businesses
Report Workplace Safety Delivers a Return on
Investment. The Liberty Mutual survey shows 61
percent of executives say $3 or more is saved
for each $1 invested in workplace safety.
* A coal mining
company in Charleston West Virginia has attained
a competitive advantage through investment in SH&E
programs. The company claims its worker
compensation rate is $1.28 per $100 in payroll
as opposed to its competitor's rate of $13.78.
* Fall protection
program implementation reduced one employer's
accident costs by 96 percent - from $4.25 to $
0.18 per person-hour
of an consultation program reduced losses at a
forklift manufacturing operation from $70,000 to
$7,000 per year
of an improved safety and health program reduced
Servicemaster's worker's compensation costs by
$2.4 million over a two-year period
OSHA's Office of
Regulatory Analysis has stated: …our evidence
suggests that companies that implement effective
safety and health cans expect reductions of 20%
or greater in their injury and illness rates and
a return of $4 to $6 for every $1 invested...
Would you like to
realize similar savings? To achieve these types
of savings you must develop the following six
critical components of a successful health &
2. Written Health
& Safety Programs
3. Injury &
of the OSHA regulations
5. Proactive site
6. Displaying the
If you can
complete these six components, you’ll be well on
to way to compliance and a healthy & safe
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