The following success stories highlight some of the successful measures that employers
and other organizations have implemented to improve workplace safety and health.
- Cooperative Programs. Working through OSHA's Cooperative Programs, many employers and other
organizations have improved their workplace safety and health performance or developed tools and
resources that contribute to improved safety and health. The following are some examples:
- Ergonomics. Accounts submitted to OSHA, or that were based on information obtained by OSHA from
secondary sources, where employers have implemented ergonomics programs or used best practices and
have reported successful results.
- Hispanic Outreach. Accounts submitted to OSHA of employers who have had success in reaching out
to their Spanish-speaking workers.
- Regional Showcase. This page highlights some of the outreach activities taken by OSHA's Regional
and Area Offices. Some of these stories feature successful measures taken by employers and
employees to improve workplace safety and health.
- Small Business. Links to stories about small businesses that have improved their safety and
The following case studies, developed through the OSHA Alliance
Program, demonstrate the value of successful safety and health programs.
- OSHA and Abbott Case Studies.
Through their Alliance, OSHA and Abbott worked together with the Georgetown University McDonough
School of Business to develop the following PowerPoint® presentation and case studies that
communicate the business value and competitive advantages of an effective safety and health
program. These case studies are based on publicly available information from OSHA. These case
studies were prepared by the OSHA and Abbott Alliance in coordination with Georgetown University,
McDonough School of Business. Participation in an Alliance does not constitute an endorsement of
any specific party or any party's products or services. These case studies were prepared as the
basis for class discussion in the "Business Value of Safety." The product names and companies
listed in these studies do not constitute an endorsement by OSHA of their products and services:
- OSHA and the American Foundry Society Case Studies
- OSHA and The Dow Chemical Company Case Studies
- OSHA and the Graphics Arts Coalition Case Study: "Ritrama Invests in Safety and Improves Its Bottom
Line." OSHA. June 2007. Ritrama, a multi-national corporation, designed and implemented a
program to educate the managers, supervisors and employees about safe work practices and
company-specific procedures at its manufacturing plant in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a result of
the program, the company reduced its workers' compensation premiums, increased productivity and
product quality, and improved its employee recruitment and retention.
- OSHA and The Steel Group Case Study.
OSHA. December 2005. Chaparral Steel's implementation of the "Manager Accountable for Safety and
Health" (MASH) program was designed to educate the managers, supervisors and team leaders about
OSHA compliance, safe work practices, and company-specific policies and procedures, and provide the
tools needed to meet these requirements. As a result of the program, Chaparral Steel had under 75
OSHA recordables in calendar year (CY) 2004 with a frequency under 7, an improvement of about 50
percent from CY 2000.
- OSHA and Washington Division of URS Corporation Case Study: "Washington Group International
Designs and Builds a Mixed-Waste Treatment Facility." OSHA. February 2007. This case
study describes how the Washington Group International, Inc. (now known as the Washington Division
of URS Corporation) incorporated its design for safety process into the construction of the U.S.
Department of Energy's Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility in eastern Idaho.
The following are additional case studies that demonstrate the value of successful safety and health
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