Workers’ Comp Building a Solid OSHA Program

        A Fresh Approach to Controlling WC Costs


There are five entry-level steps you can take to have a well-rounded safety program that produces a safe work environment, achieves OSHA compliance, reduces accidents and ultimately reduces workers’ compensation costs.

     • 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.

If your business is dealing with rising workers’ compensation costs as a result of workplace accidents, it’s time to take a new approach to safety. The key to spending fewer dollars is more than just stopping a few accidents on the manufacturing floor; it requires a comprehensive safety program designed to continuously improve. A safety program that is compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards can yield significant savings for by reducing injuries and illnesses, saving workers’ compensation dollars over the long run.