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Why Implement a Safety and Health Program?

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 4,500 workers are killed on the job (a rate of 12 per day), and 4.1 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

Implementing a safety and health program prevents workplace injuries and illnesses can help employers avoid DIRECT COSTS such as high WORKERS COMPENSATION PREMIUMS INDIRECT COSTS that result from WORKPLACE INCIDENTS Such as... TIME LOST due to work stoppages and investigations training and other costs associated with REPLACING INJURED WORKERS LOSS OR DAMAGE to material, machinery and property.

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