• Develop the various programs required by the OSHA standards.
• Integrate those programs into daily operations.
• Investigate all injuries and illnesses.
• Provide training to develop safety competence in all employees.
• Audit your programs and your work areas on a regular basis to stimulate continuous improvement.
Aside from being a requirement for manufacturers, OSHA standards provide a good pathway to incident reductions. Many accidents stem from poorly developed d or implemented OSHA programs: slips or trips may come from not keeping walking and working surfaces clear, tampering with machine guarding may result in excessive lacerations and not following proper lockout/tagout procedures can result in serious injury or death.
Many of the OSHA standards require that a written program be developed and communicated to employees. Experience shows that companies with thoroughly developed, OSHA-compliant programs have fewer accidents, more productive employees and lower workers’ compensation costs.