Success Stories and Case Studies
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:
- Alliance Program
- OSHA Challenge Success Stories
- OSHA Strategic Partnership Program Success Stories
- Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Success Stories
- 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:
- The Business Case for Safety: Adding Value and Competitive Advantage. (2005, March). Presentation is for use with the case studies.
- Auto Parts Manufacturing: "Auto Parts Manufacturing Corporation." (2005, April).
- Ergonomics in Manufacturing: "Ergonomic Improvements in Manufacturing." (2005, April).
- Ergonomics in Nursing Homes: "Countryside Care Nursing Home." (2005, April).
- Ergonomics in an Office Setting: "Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island." (2005, April).
- Fleet Safety: "Fleet Safety at Abbott." (2005, April).
- Occupational Exposure Limits: "Procuring R-Active at Abbott." (2005, April).
- Stadium Construction: "The Great American Ballpark." (2005, April).
- OSHA and The Dow Chemical Company Case Studies
- Overview of OSHA and The Dow Chemical Company Case Studies. (2008, September). Provides a summary of the case studies developed through the OSHA and The Dow Chemical Company Alliance.
- "Contractor Safety Case Study: Texas Operations Contractor Alliance for Safety at Dow Facility in Freeport, Texas." (2008, September). Describes how the Texas Operations Contractor Alliance for Safety (TOCAS) works to identify and articulate the safety-related needs of its broad spectrum of contractor companies and partners with Texas operations to improve contractor safety performance.
- "Motor Vehicle Accident Case Study: The Dow Chemical Company's Use of Six Sigma Methodology." (2005, December). Describes the Six Sigma methodology and how Dow used it to successfully reduce motor vehicle accidents in the company's Hydrocarbons and Energy business unit.
- "Ergonomics Case Study: The Dow Chemical Company's Use of the Six Sigma Methodology (PDF)". (2004, May). Describes the Six Sigma methodology and how Dow used it to successfully address ergonomics hazards in the company's design and construction division.
- 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.
- OSHA and Washington Division of URS Corporation Case Study: "Washington Group International Designs and Builds a Mixed-Waste Treatment Facility." (2008, February). 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 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.
- Research Report: Driving Towards "0" – Best Practices in Corporate Safety and Health (PDF*). Conference Board with OSHA funding. Outlines a core set of best practices in corporate safety performance. The report also includes case studies of four companies' safety and health programs.
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: Does It Really Work? How to Evaluate Safety and Health Changes in the Workplace. Provides guidance to employers in assessing and measuring the effectiveness of steps they have taken to improve workplace safety and health. The page includes case studies of how several companies have evaluated safety and health changes.