Why a Safety Program?
These are questions you should be asking when faced with increasing workers compensation costs, employee disloyalty or declining production and service.
Incorporating safety in the workplace as a permanent and proactive component is often met with hesitation. There are a great deal of fallacies and misconceptions of what a safety system involves and what it truly provides.
There is never a one size fits all approach to developing a safety system. The common elements existing in almost all health and safety systems are: management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and program evaluation and improvement. These elements are both interrelated and interdependent but necessary to ensure the success of any program.
Why the reluctance? Injury and Illness prevention programs (I2P2) are neither new, nor are they untested. Years of research has provided evidence at both establishment and corporate levels noting the effectiveness of an I2P2. Let’s explore the successes of companies with a dedication to the safety of their employees.
Estimated national costs range in the billions for occupational injuries and illnesses; this is reflected in direct and indirect costs to the employer. Companies that do not now have an I2P2 are estimated by OSHA to reduce injuries from 15 to 35% through implementation of such a program. The direct and indirect costs related to injuries have shown positive correlation with the implementation of an I2P2.
A safe and healthy work environment not only protects workers from injury and illness but eliminates direct workers compensation costs, it will reduce absenteeism and turnover, increase productivity, quality, and raise employee morale.
Putting the right programs in place through identification of workplace hazards and implementing controls can ensure that your company meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements. Let our team help! Our staff is specializes in OSHA and safety compliance, we have Authorized OSHA Instructors and Certified Department of Labor Consultants dedicated to providing services to maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
The Resources You Need
Our team assembles articles each quarter to help you plan and develop your safety program. This quarter, we're talking about:
- The Benefits of OHSA Compliance
- Protecting your Hearing
- Whistleblower Programs
- Hazard Communications
- The Value of a Learning Workplace Culture
- Employer Responsibilities in Winter Weather
The Marshall & Sterling Workplace Safety Compliance Program (WSCP)
The WSCP was created to assist our clients in promoting a safer and more compliant work environment, thereby helping to control their losses and assist in managing various costs. It is a step-by-step process that considers the 10 components of safety, to help you and your team develop and implement comprehensive safety program.
The 10 Components:
- Company policy statement
- Written responsibility for safety
- Safety inspections
- Incident reporting
- Incident investigations
- Safety meetings
- Written safety rules
- Training and programs
- Record keeping and reporting
- Emergency action plan