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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

5 reasons to act now on OSHA’s new electronic-submission proposal

If you’re a risk and/or safety manager, you’re probably interested in OSHA’s proposal from Nov. 7 to amend its recordkeeping regulations by adding requirements for the electronic submission of establishment-specific injury and illness data. Employers subject to OSHA regulations are already required to keep this information, yet according to OSHA, the agency has timely, systematic access to establishment-specific injury and illness data from only a small percentage of the 7.5 million establishments in the U.S.  

What would these new electronic submission requirements mean for businesses and other organizations subject to OSHA regulations?

Topics: risk management software OSHA

3 Ways to Transform the OSHA Reporting and Recordkeeping Process

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On March 21, Christina Ellefson, corporate claims administrator with Quad Graphics, and I led a webinar for Aon eSolutions' clients on the topic of improving management of the OSHA recordkeeping and reporting process. Under Christina’'s leadership, Quad Graphics has transformed the OSHA process into an integral part of the company'’s broader safety and claims management programs.

Topics: risk management software OSHA