This week, I read a new publication about health and safety in the workplace. It is an OSHA pamphlet, Safety and Health Add Value, and it was great to see how their ideas line up well with ours. We both believe in the importance of involving everyone in the workplace in improving safety.
Safety has a direct impact on the bottom line for employers. OSHA notes that businesses spend over $170 billion per year on costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses. This is money that comes directly from the bottom line of the company, and is a cost that does not need to be incurred at all. OSHA states that businesses with effective health and safety practices can cut costs by 20-40%, but the companies with which we have worked have experienced even greater savings.
In addition to the direct costs of accidents and injuries, the intangible costs are even higher. An effective safety program also has the benefit of improving employee morale and productivity. Employees are more satisfied, they go home to their families uninjured, and the bottom line is improved.
Workplace safety is a great way to begin a program to improve labor-management relations. No one is opposed to safety, but employers have struggled to find a program that produces a lasting impact in safety. Involving employees is the key to establishing a lasting, effective program.
I have to agree with OSHA. Effective safety programs are good for the bottom line of the employer and beneficial to employees and their families. That’s why our Safety Always program is designed to establish a lasting culture of safety in the workplace using the commitment of everyone to build safety.
Next time we will discuss another OSHA publication about safety and employee involvement. For copies of these publications and more information about how CALMC can help you establish an effective safety program, contact us.