The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published a revised handbook on workplace safety and health information for Small Employers (250 workers or smaller). OSHA partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to highlight the benefits of implementing an effective safety and health program, provides self-inspection checklists for Employers to identify workplace hazards and to review important workplace safety and health resources for small businesses.
Every year, more than 5,000 workers are killed on the job, with an average of 14 deaths per day. More than 3.6 million annually suffer a serious job-related injury or illness. One serious workplace injury or illness, beyond the potentially devastating impact on the injured party, can have further damaging repercussions for a small business: including costs associated with higher workers’ compensation premiums, medical expenses, legal fees, replacement worker training, lost productivity, equipment repairs, and lower employee morale.
Implementing a safety and health program can help an employer to:
- Prevent workplace injuries and illness
- Improve compliance with laws and regulations
- Reduce costs, including significant reductions in workers’ compensation premiums
- Engage workers to participate in preventive measures and enhance safety in the workplace
- Enhance social responsibility goals
- Increase productivity and enhance overall business operations
The OSHA and NIOSH revised Safety Handbook is instrumental in promoting a safe, healthful workplace and in allowing Employers to invest in a safety and health program now to avoid possible losses in the future.
Pittsburgh Labor & Employment Attorneys
For questions relating to OSHA’s revised handbook, inquiries about creating a health and safety strategy for your small business, or assistance with other occupational health matters, contact Frank C. Botta, Partner and Litigation Chair at The Lynch Law Group. He can be reached at email@example.com, or by phone at 724.776.8000.