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How to Involve Employees in the Safety Management Process

Companies that enjoy a true culture of safety will involve and motivate every employee- from those who sit in the corporate boardroom to those who actually conduct daily operations on the shop, job site, or sales floor. While executives and managers can help improve their company's bottom line by implementing and enforcing an effective safety plan, employees further down the pipeline are also likely to benefit by avoiding workplace accidents and injuries.

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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.

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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.

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Why You Need To Revisit Safety Guidelines Every Year

 

Safety plans are meant to avoid accidents that can cause further employee accidents and injuries. OSHA keeps plenty of statistics that illustrate how effective safety management plans really do help companies reduce incidents, lower costs, and even improve productivity and morale.

However, if there is one thing that we can say for sure, it is that effective safety plans don't happen by accident. They are the result of good planning and constant attention. In fact, they work best when everybody in the company is involved in the plan. Safety management needs to be part of the corporate culture from the boardroom to the shop floor.

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How to Integrate Safety into All Aspects of Your Business

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, or DOL, statistics, an effective and comprehensive safety program can make a tremendous difference for businesses. Investments in these efforts are not just the right thing to do but also capable of returning their investment many times over.

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The Benefits of Educating Workers About Safety Standards

The reports are in. Safe workplaces are happier, more productive, and more profitable workplaces. According to OSHA, investments in worker safety could save U.S. businesses billions of dollars every year. While executives and managers are likely to be interested in how worker education can improve their bottom lines, the entire workforce also needs to get educated and empowered in order to help protect themselves, their coworkers, and their company. After all, management can't be everywhere, and it is very likely that the workers will often be the only ones in a position to spot and address safety standard issues.

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Making the Business Case for Employee Safety Training

According to OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, American companies spent $1 billion dollars every week just in workers compensation direct payments for the worst workplace illnesses or injuries in 2010. Besides just workers compensation payments, unsafe workplaces result in higher expenses because of lost productivity, employee turnover, higher premiums for all sorts of commercial insurance, and even employee turnover. Besides, the billions of dollars lost in direct expenses because of injuries and illnesses doesn't even take into account potential bad press and brand damage because of publicity about a safety incident and the steps an employer might have taken to prevent it.

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How to Identify Future Safety Exposures

The best way to predict the future is to create it. Peter Drucker

In light of recent news about the Amtrak crash that killed eight people and injured hundreds, lots of experts have told us that this tragedy might have been averted with existing technology. According to the Wall Street Journal, a signaling system that would have prevented the accident already existed on the southbound side of the tracks but not the northbound side. This could have been an even easier and cheaper solution than the pricier positive train control system that has been scheduled for installation before the end of the year.

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3 Ways to Improve Workplace Safety, Employee Morale, and Profits

According to OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, American companies spend $170 billion each and every year to pay for expenses related to occupational illnesses and injuries. However, risk managers can take heart from the OHSA opinion that companies can save up to 40 percent of this total by taking appropriate safety measures. For some businesses, this might make the difference between a year of profits, and a year of loss. Not only can additional safety measures help save companies some cash, they can also improve employee morale and productivity. That makes it worthwhile to consider some ways to make workplaces safer.

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3 Things You Need to Know About Safety Software

OSHA, or the U.S. Occupational Health  & Safety Administration, reports that businesses that make investments in workplace safety should expect to enjoy reduced incidents of workplace illnesses, injuries, and fatalities. Not only does this investment in safety help these businesses improve their bottom lines because of decreased bills for noncompliance penalties, lower workman's compensation premiums, and medical bills, it can also help increase profits with improved employee morale and productivity. In fact, OSHA has an entire page dedicated to studies about how improved safety increases ROI.

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