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. 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. Success stories about small businesses that have improved their safety and health programs.
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 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 Graphics Arts Coalition Case Study: "Ritrama Invests in Safety and Improves Its Bottom Line." (2007, June). 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. (2005, December). 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.
The following are additional case studies that demonstrate the value of successful safety and health programs.
Ergonomics Case Studies. Case studies submitted to OSHA, or that were based on information obtained by OSHA from primary or secondary sources, where employers have implemented safety and health processes or utilized best practices and have reported successful results.
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