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Safety & Health Management Systems eTool

Does a safety and health program really make a difference? Definitely!

The best Safety and Health Programs involve every level of the organization, instilling a safety culture that reduces accidents for workers and improves the bottom line for managers. When Safety and Health are part of the organization and a way of life, everyone wins.

There are four crucial questions you should be asking. The detailed answers are found in the four modules of this eTool*.

What practices are best for assuring lasting success? Safety and Health Payoffs What 'Return on Investment' can S&H programs provide?
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What 'Return on Investment' can S&H programs provide? answer
What practices are best for assuring lasting success?
Creating Change Management System + S&H Integration
Doing a Safety & Health Check Up
What indicators tell me if I'm getting weaker or stronger? What indicators tell me if I'm getting weaker or stronger? How can safety & health become part of the way our business runs?
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For additional information, see OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Page, Fact Sheet [567 KB PDF*, 2 pages] or refer to Safety and Health News – Success Stories.

How do I find out about employer responsibilities and worker rights?

Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury). For more information see www.whistleblowers.gov or worker rights.

OSHA has a great deal of information to assist employers in complying with their responsibilities under the OSHA law.

OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. To reach your regional or area OSHA office, go to OSHA's Regional & Area Offices webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).

Small business employers may contact OSHA's free and confidential on-site consultation service to help determine whether there are hazards at their worksites and work with OSHA on correcting any identified hazards. On-site consultation services are separate from enforcement activities and do not result in penalties or citations. To contact OSHA's free consultation service, go to OSHA's On-site Consultation webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) and press number 4.

Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards. Employees can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), online via eCompliant Form, or by printing the complaint form and mailing or faxing it to your local OSHA area office. Complaints that are signed by an employee are more likely to result in an inspection.

If you think your job is unsafe or you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). It's confidential. We can help. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA's Workers' page.

* eTools are electronic Compliance Assistance Tools that provide guidance information for developing a comprehensive safety and health program. Although Safety and Health Programs are required by some states, there is no general OSHA requirement for such a program. Therefore, this eTool includes elements that go beyond specific OSHA mandates, such as recommendations for good industry practice. As indicated in the disclaimer, eTools do not create new OSHA requirements.*


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