Save the Date for OSHA Safe + Sound Week

| Vaughn Fetkenhour

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OSHA Safe + Sound Week - August 15 - 21

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) annually recognizes one week in August as Safe + Sound Week. OSHA takes this time to relay the importance of safe practices that help businesses function as efficiently and successfully as possible with a clear message of “safety equals success.”

How Did it Start?

With alarming quantities of work-related deaths and injuries, the OSH act (Occupational Safety and Health Act) was enacted in order to increase workplace safety. Since its enactment in 1970, work-related deaths and injuries decreased by more than 60 percent. This act set a precedent for how a business should protect its workers. Not only does this ensure better safety in the workplace, but it allows businesses to stay efficient and fully staffed.

Keeping workers safe in their job is just as prevalent as it was more than 50 years ago when the OSH Act was first passed. In order to maintain safety knowledge and information, OSHA created Safe + Sound Week. With over 5,300 businesses participating last year, many companies have made a commitment to the safety of their workers. OSHA makes it possible for companies to have access to a multitude of programs ranging from personal safety to management leadership

The Cost of Safety

Chart showing the cost of workplace injuries and deaths

The cost of a life cannot be quantified by a dollar amount, but the business lost from an injured worker, lawsuits and insurance payouts can be. The expense of many workplace injuries or deaths can often be avoided so long as you and your team stay informed and updated on how to safely operate your business.

OSHA also provides an injury calculator which will compute the cost of different injuries and illnesses. Follow this link to estimate how much a lack of safety is costing your company.

OSHA Injury Estimator

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When accessing OSHA’s Safe + Sound program development page, there are forms for reporting incidents, YouTube videos regarding the identification of safety concerns, files about writing safety policy and much more. OSHA also provides a broad view safety booklet so you can get your foot in the door and start taking steps to enact safer practices.




 

Why OSHA Resources Work

Graphic explaining what find and fix hazards areThe success of maintaining safety in the workplace ultimately comes from the ability to use a systematic approach to identifying and fixing problems. If a problem goes unidentified, the only response will be a reactive one rather than proactively fixing a safety concern. If an accident goes unaddressed, then there is potential for it to occur again. By having a systematic approach to safety, hazards will not go unnoticed or unfixed. Here are a few ideas to start your systematic approach:

  • Review and address all hazard information
  • Conduct regular inspections
  • Utilize workers who understand what conditions lead to hazards. Team up with them to find solutions and maintain a safe workplace.


Make Your Business Safe + Sound

Although OSHA has already improved worker safety by cutting the number of work-related deaths in half and decreased injuries and illnesses down to a quarter of what it once was, there is still work to be done. When evaluating the success of your business, safety must be a factor you consider. A healthy and safe workplace is a successful workplace.

Need help navigating OSHA’s services or making your workplace safer? Contact us today!