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Understanding the Importance of OSHA Safety Standards

OSHA, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration, was born out of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970. However, more than just establishing another government organization, this piece of legislation confirmed that American workers have the right to do their jobs in a safe and healthy workplace. The organization operates with the mission of protecting workers against work-related injuries and illnesses.

Some employers seem to think that OSHA regulations only exist to cost them time and money. However, it is very possible to make a case that these standards help employers too. Proper compliance with regulations protects people, bottom lines, and brand reputations. According to OSHA, American companies lose billions of dollars each year because of injuries and fatalities, but safety management programs might reduce these losses by 20 to 40 percent.

Topics: OSHA safety management government standards

EPA Safety Standards: Monitoring and Enforcement

Employers need to meet OSHA compliance standards, and these are mostly put in place to protect worker safety. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has put another set of standards in place. According to the EPA, the organization puts standards in place that enforce legislation and helps to protect the natural environment and public health.  Of course, any standards put in place to help protect health and the environment are also likely to help protect area workers.

Topics: safety management epa environmental protection agency government standards government regulations