When a company experiences significant increases in worker’s compensation costs, it usually triggers internal activities aimed at reducing insurance costs and reduce spending.
The key to spending fewer dollars is more than just stopping a few accidents; the key is having a sound safety program designed to continuously improve. This is where a safety program that, at a minimum, is compliant with the OSHA standards can yield significant savings for your company by reducing injuries and illnesses, and saving workers’ compensation dollars.
Building a solid OSHA program requires putting programs into practice
From an entry-level standpoint, there are five steps your company can take to have a well-rounded safety program that produces a safe work environment, achieves OSHA compliance and reduces accidents. Those steps are:
1. Develop the various programs required by the OSHA standards;
2. Integrate those programs into the daily operations;
3. Investigate all injuries and illnesses;
4. Provide training to develop safety competence in all employees; and
5. Audit your programs and your work areas on a regular basis to stimulate continuous improvement.