Jan. 28, 2008
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: (202) 693-1999
With a New Look, Updated "Safety Pays" eTool, and a New Spanish Language Safety Link
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently unveiled an enhanced Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA) website. The site includes an improved "Safety Pays" eTool and a new Spanish Language Safety link.
"OSHA continues to be at the forefront in developing and making resources and tools available to help employers provide a safe and healthful work environment," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "The ¿Safety Pays' eTool and the Spanish Language Safety link are examples of our commitment to better serve the needs of the small business community."
The /dcsp/smallbusiness/index.html website has been redesigned to highlight categorical pages, or tabs, for easier navigation and data access. The new format showcases focal points, new products and links. The site provides a wide variety of safety and health tools, products, and information for small businesses.
The OSBA website features an updated "Safety Pays" eTool to help employers estimate the costs of occupational injuries and illnesses and the estimated impact on a company's profitability. This web-based application allows businesses to identify the direct and indirect costs of injuries and calculate the sales needed to make up for these losses. Advantages of the "Safety Pays" tool include no downloading; access to updated loss-injury figures; automatic results after entering data in the appropriate fields; and the option to create and print additional forms online.
A new addition to the site, the Spanish Language Safety link, contains useful Spanish-language compliance assistance resources and tools developed by OSHA's State Consultation programs. The page provides small businesses with access to Spanish-language safety cards, booklets, and posters. Visitors may access this link from the Small Business Assistance webpage.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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