Why is OSHA Compliance so Important?
Why the upfront costs of safety are worth it.
By Cindy Bush
The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires businesses to comply with industry-specific rules and regulations. Failure to meet the criteria generally results in fines and extra paper work, but staying on top of the criteria often requires lots of time, effort, money and focus. All too often, businesses see these upfront costs and balk at the requirements.
However, OSHA compliance ultimately helps drive a business forward. Compliance keeps employees safe. It protects the company’s operations and reputation. It’s not something that can be put off or ignored.
Below are some of the top reasons your company needs to go all-in on OSHA requirements:
There are consequences for not reporting. It’s true that OSHA inspectors can’t visit every business, but they can certainly visit many, and they can put “high-risk” looking businesses on their short list. If your facilities have high accident rates, incorrect data on your reports, or if you fail to report on time, get ready for a visit.
OSHA citations = OSHA fines. Anything in your facility that’s out of compliance is subject to citations and fines. Improper GHS chemical labeling? Expect to pay.
Stay out of the news (for negative things, at least). If you’ve got reporters at your door, make sure it’s for increasing the size of your workforce or for helping the community. Don’t let it be for polluting the nearby receiving water source or having a major accident on your premises.
Keep workers’ compensation costs down. Controlling your risks means you’re controlling your costs. Companies who make conscious efforts to follow OSHA regulations have fewer accidents, fewer medical bills to pay and lower premiums.
Satisfy customer requirements. If your business is required to meet strict requirements for your Workers’ Compensation Experience Modification Rating, TRIR rates and other metrics to remain a supplier, if you don’t follow the OSHA and EPA regulations, your business may then have to deal with customer fallout.
Keep employees safe. This is the ultimate goal of all OSHA rules and regulations, and should be the ultimate goal of every business leader. After all, every rule put in place today is the result of something in the past having gone wrong. Professionals responsible for enforcing safety measures are responsible for protecting human lives and health. By paying close attention to the rules, you can prevent the same pain and suffering from taking place again.
While all these rules and regulations may seem daunting, there are resources out there that can help. Start with an assessment of your current practices. Reach out to our expert, Senior Vice President and Manufacturing Risk Specialist Cindy Bush, at CBush@OneGroup.com for a copy of OneGroup’s OSHA self-assessment tool. You’ll be able to see where you are, so you can determine where you still need to go.