"According to the National Safety Council, workplace injuries and illnesses cost our economy 198.2 billion dollars a year. That's over half a billion dollars each day! Employers who invest in injury and illness prevention programs can expect significant cost savings in addition to reducing fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. Workplace safety is not only the right thing to do for your workers; it's the right thing to do for your business."
Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor
Injury and Illness Prevention Programs are universal interventions that can substantially reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and alleviate the associated financial burdens on U.S. workplaces. Many states have requirements or voluntary guidelines for workplace injury and illness prevention programs. Also, numerous employers in the United States already manage safety using Injury and Illness Prevention Programs and we believe that all employers can and should do the same. Most successful injury and illness prevention programs are based on a common set of key elements. These include: management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and program evaluation and improvement. This topics page provides information relevant to Injury and Illness Prevention Programs in the workplace.
Injury and Illness Prevention Programs are:
Good for Workers.
Every day, 12 workers are killed on the job and more than 9,000 workers suffer a serious job-related injury. Injury and Illness prevention programs will save lives and prevent injuries daily.
Good for Businesses.
For every dollar spent on an Injury and Illness Prevention Program, an employer can expect up to six times a return on its investment.
Good for America.
Studies have shown that a direct correlation exists between a company's performance in safety and its subsequent performance in productivity and financial results. Injury and Illness Prevention Programs will help American businesses remain competitive in a global market.