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OSHA's Take on Safety
According to OSHA, an effective safety and health program can save $4 to $6 for every $1 invested.
bakemag.com, July 26, 2012
by Staff

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Safety is good business. According to OSHA, an effective safety and health program can save $4 to $6 for every $1 invested. It’s the right thing to do, and doing it right pays off in lower costs, increased productivity and higher employee morale.

Safety and health programs should be tailored to fit the company, blend with its unique operations and culture and help employers maintain a system that continually addresses workplace hazards. Every effective program should have management leadership and employee participation, workplace analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training and education. Use the following tips from OSHA to maintain the safest and healthiest workplace possible.

Management leadership and employee participation

• Post your written safety and health policy for all to see.
• Involve employees in policymaking on safety and health issues.
• Take an active part in safety activities.
• Hold meetings that focus on employee safety and health.
• Abide by all safety and health rules.
• Show your commitment by investing time, effort and money in your safety and health program.

Workplace analysis

• Request a free OSHA Consultation visit.
• Become aware of hazards in your industry.
• Create safety teams.
• Encourage employees to report workplace hazards.
• Examine history of worksite conditions.
• Have an adequate system for reporting hazards.
• Have trained personnel conduct inspections of the worksite and correct hazards.
• Ensure that any changes in process or new high-hazard facilities are reviewed by a competent person.

Hazard prevention and control

• Regularly and thoroughly maintain equipment.
• Ensure that hazard correction procedures are in place.
• Ensure that employees know how to use and maintain personal protective equipment.
• Ensure that all employees understand and follow safe work procedures.
• Make sure that, where necessary, you have a medical program tailored to your facility to help prevent workplace hazards and exposures.

Safety and health training and education

• Allow only properly authorized and instructed employees to do any job.
• Make sure no employees do any job that appears unsafe.
• Hold emergency preparedness drills for employees.
• Pay particular attention to employees learning new operations, and make sure they have the proper job skills and awareness of hazards.|
• Train supervisors and managers to recognize hazards and understand their responsibilities.
• Encourage all employees to report any hazardous conditions to their supervisors.

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