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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was enacted in 1970 to protect employees from potential workplace hazards. This piece of legislation was created to ensure that workers’ rights to work in a safe and healthy workplace are adhered to. The mission of this organization is to protect workers against work-related illnesses and injuries.
Although some employers think OSHA regulations exist to cost them their time and money, these standards do help employers. For instance, according to the BLS, in the year 2016, there were over 5,000 employee deaths from occupational accidents, and almost three million recorded cases of workplace injuries. Each of the three million cases required at least eight days away from work, which means that employers paid millions for days of lost work time. Recent research has indicated that U.S. employers incur over $50 billion annually in workplace illnesses and injuries. However, safety and health management programs can help reduce such losses by 20 to 40 percent.
Meeting OSHA requirements for health and safety in your workplace has the ultimate goal of protecting your staff from harm. No employer wants workplace accidents on their conscience or the guilt of knowing that they are responsible for long-term effects on someone’s health.
With the increasing number of working age people failing, it has become important to recruit and retain staff. By investing in employee health and safety training and creating a positive environment, you will reduce employee turnover and recruitment expenses.
Providing quality health and safety training to your employees will help you build a positive reputation with your staff, clients, and associates. If your employees’ feel that they are valued, and well looked after, they will share their experience with other people, and you will have more competition for employment, experience an increase in sales and generate more leads.
By proving that you have provided ample training to your staff on health and safety issues, you can greatly reduce your insurance premiums because it indicates that there are slim chances that you will make a claim. The action you take to prevent illnesses and injury in your workplace will also mean that the premiums stay low.
Employees that have received training on health and safety practices will know how to reduce illnesses, which will greatly reduce their chances of absence. For instance, through their training, their knowledge of the recommended working temperatures will help prevent viruses in washrooms from spreading.
If your employees experience hand, back, and wrist aches because of working behind a computer, they may not have the confidence or knowledge to raise it as an issue, and they will suffer silently and work slower than usual. A trained manager will conduct a thorough health and safety audit and check for such occurrences. This means that your employees will always be protected from such injuries and will be provided with resources that can make them as productive as possible.
By creating effective workplace health and safety policies and procedures, you will save more time because health and safety matters will be handled quickly through an existing procedure, rather than your employees having to deal with issues as they occur.
Regardless of whether you have a formal policy or not, all companies are required by law to take reasonable measures to protect the health of their staff. Business owners that are found negligent in protecting their employees from injury and illnesses can be liable and fined or even imprisoned. Safety training will ensure that even the minor incidents are investigated thus reducing chances of injuries and subsequent claims.
While your workplace accident insurance can cover some claims, you will still need to prove that you had taken safety and health measures to prevent the accident or illness. Insurance claims also don’t cover all costs after an accident, for example, lost profits or equipment repair.
OSHA’s primary goal is to help create a safe and healthy working environment. To ensure that you are compliant, contact NTT Training today and get more information on employee health and safety training.
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