As a leading staffing agency, Peoplelink knows that an accident in the workplace and a subsequent injury is something most employers fear. Not only do such incidents reduce productivity and hinder morale, but they can also get expensive…fast.
In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace injuries and illnesses cost U.S. employers $1 billion per week for direct workers’ compensation costs alone. Direct costs include workers’ comp payments, and medical and legal expenses. However, indirect costs – such as the cost of hiring a replacement, the damage to morale, and the cost to fix or replace equipment – aren’t even factored into that number.
So with that said, what can you do to play it safe – and make sure your company and its people are well protected? Not many businesses know this, but OSHA actually offers on-site consultations to help companies improve their safety programs.
Here’s a quick overview of the program:
Through OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program, consultants from state agencies and universities work with small and medium size employers – typically on-site – to help them “identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.”
In addition, through the program, companies can qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections. The program is both free and confidential, and no penalties are imposed or citations issued if a violation is found.
According to OSHA, some of the benefits of the program include the following:
- Reduced hazards in the workplace and lowered workers’ compensation costs as a result.
- Workers are better protected from injury and illness, resulting in fewer lost workdays.
- Loss of life prevention.
- Improved morale.
- Employees better understand the importance of safety and take responsibility for their own safety, as well as the safety of their peers and worksite.
- Compliance with federal and state requirements.
- Increased productivity.
To get started with the program and request your consultation, simply go to http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/consult.html. Once your request has been made, a consultant will be assigned to your company and will contact you to discuss your specific needs and to set up a time to visit.
And if an employee has been injured on the job – and you need help finding a temporary replacement fast – let Peoplelink know. As a leading staffing agency, we have an extensive network of qualified and dependable temporary talent, ready to go to work where and when you need them. Contact us today to learn more.