One of the most important factors of running a business effectively is keeping employees healthy and safe. Safety Lessons Learned is a series designed to provide examples of workplace accidents that result in injury or even death to help employers recognize hazards and put the proper preventative measures in place (names have been changed to ensure confidentiality).
Those who’ve been in business any amount of time probably already know that workplace safety is key to keeping employees healthy and keeping business costs down. Even businesses with little risk can have many hazards including:
One of the best ways to prevent workplace accidents is by instilling a safety culture amongst employees - and it starts at the top. When supervisors and leaders set an example for the rest of the crew, more crew members demonstrate a model for safe behavior. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) encourages all employers (small businesses included) to implement a safety program to substantially reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and alleviate the financial burden that comes with them.
Topics: workplace safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is considering eliminating the requirement to report some injury and illness data electronically. For the past few years, an OSHA recordkeeping rule has required establishments covered by record-keeping regulations to submit certain reports to the federal government online.
Currently, certain companies with 20-249 employees are required to submit OSHA Form 300A each year. The OSHA Form 300A summary details workplace injuries and illnesses. In addition, larger establishments with 250 or more employees were supposed to begin electronically submitting data from OSHA Form 300 and 301. Those forms are illness and injury logs and incident reports.
However, in light of anticipated changes, OSHA announced it would not be accepting the additional submissions. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was issued in July and proposed changes would eliminate the requirement to electronically submit OSHA Forms 300 and 301. Larger establishments would still be required to submit Form 300A electronically.
Workplace safety is not something to take lightly. In fact, having a solid safety program can save you in a big way. In 2015, there were 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers. When you break that down, that means three in every 100 full-time workers, has an accident on the job. What does that mean to you? Workplace accidents cost employers $250 Billion every year. When you think about accidents, think:
The most common workplace hazards include safety hazards like slip-and-falls or electrical hazards. But there are also ergonomic workplace hazards, environmental, chemical and others. Whether your company sets up shop on a job site or in an office, these are the workplace hazards you should be aware of in order to promote workplace safety. The following list helps break down the six most common workplace hazards as defined by OSHA.