Develop your Safety + Health Program

Why is it important?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of worker deaths and reported injuries in the United States has decreased by more than 60 percent in the past four decades since the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act was passed. However, every year, more than 5,000 workers are killed on the job (a rate of 14 per day), and more than 3.6 million suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.

Serious job-related injuries or illnesses don’t just hurt workers and their families but can hurt business in a variety of ways. Implementing a safety and health program, however, can improve small- and medium-sized businesses’ safety and health performance, save money, and improve competitiveness.

Safety and health programs help businesses:

  • Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Improve compliance with laws and regulations
  • Reduce costs, including significant reductions in workers' compensation premiums
  • Engage workers
  • Enhance social responsibility goals
  • Increase productivity and enhance overall business operations

Core Elements of a Workplace Safety and Health Program

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Management Leadership

Commit to implementing a program and use it to drive continuous improvement in safety and health.


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Worker Participation

Tap into workers’ collective experiences, knowledge, and insights in order to find solutions to workplace safety and health challenges.


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Find & Fix Hazards

Develop a systematic process for identifying and controlling (i.e., finding and fixing) workplace hazards.


Take a Safe + Sound Challenge

Lead with Safety

Participate in challenges for each of the three core elements of a safety and health program.

Take a Challenge

Program Resources

Workplace Safety and Health Quiz

Workplace Safety and Health Quiz (ZIP)

Safe + Sound Campaign Trifold Brochure

Webinar: Three Core Elements of Effective Safety and Health Programs

10 Ways to Get Your Program Started (PDF)

10 formas de comenzar un programa de seguridad

10 Ways to Get Your Program Started – Spanish (PDF)

10 Ways to Get Your Program Started Graphics Zip File

Safety and Health Program Course Offerings

OSHA Safety & Health Program Recommended Practices

Guidance Manual: Keep Your People Safe in Smaller Organizations

Webinar: Building a Safety Culture From the Ground Up

OSHA On-Site Consultation Program

OSHA Region VI Safety and Health Program Presentation

Webinar: Value of Safety and Health Programs

Webinar: Tools for a Successful Workplace Safety & Health Program

Video: Safe + Sound from NSC (English)
Video: Safe + Sound from NSC (Spanish)

Safe + Sound Overview Presentation (PPTX)


AIHA - Protecting Worker Health
VPP - Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association - The Premier Global Safety and Health Organization
ASSP - American Society of Safety Professionals
National Safety Council
CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training
NIOSH - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health