If you consider roughly 90 million Americans spend their days at work, the importance of health and safety training for OSHA compliance can’t be overstated. According to the OSHA website, prior to the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970, it was estimated that 14,000 deaths occurred as a result of job-related accidents, almost 2.5 million workers were disabled, and new occupational diseases had reached 300,000. Businesses lost more productivity due to worker illness and injury than to employee strikes. Lost wages, medical expenses and disability compensation cut deeply into the economy.
Understanding the need for uniform regulations on the job, OSHA has dedicated significant resources to training both employers and their employees. The goal of OSHA’s training program is to “broaden worker and employer knowledge on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces.”
Resources to become educated are in place. It is worth the time and effort to participate meaningfully in training for OSHA compliance. Here are a few key benefits:
Quality Work. Employers known to care for the health and safety of their employees attract higher quality employees. Workers with skills, knowledge and experience help businesses build and maintain a reputation for quality products and services.
Similarly, a business committed to the health and safety of its workers will retain quality employees. With less turnover, a business is spared the costs of new employee training as well as the loss in productivity that naturally occurs when new workers are being trained.
Reduced Medical Costs and Increased Productivity. OSHA compliance impacts the bottom line. Compliant work sites have fewer job-related illnesses and injuries. Less illness and injury means less medical payouts and fewer costs associated with disability compensation. Additionally, worker absences are lessened, meaning productivity may remain optimal.
No Penalties. OSHA is authorized to conduct safety and health inspections with little to no advance notice. An employer who understands OSHA regulations and complies with them will not incur citations and pay stiff penalties.
Contact us if your company needs to develop a health and safety training program for OSHA compliance or if your current program needs to be improved, or if you’d like to learn more about our environmental services. We have the knowledge, experience and personnel to help you meet your compliance goals.
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