OSHA Launches ‘Safe and Sound’ Campaign to Increase Workplace Safety Compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a new campaign, called the “Safe and Sound Campaign,” to encourage employers to assess the efficacy of their safety and health programs in protecting workers from injury on the job.
 
“Workplace safety and health incidents hurt workers and their families, and they cost businesses’ capital better invested in growing their business and creating jobs,” said Kim Stille, OSHA’s Regional Administrator in Kansas City. “By identifying and controlling job-related hazards that can lead to injuries and illnesses, businesses can improve their safety and health programs, save money and improve competitiveness.”
 
To be effective, an employer’s safety and health program should be comprised of three elements:
 
  • Management leadership. Top management commits to establishing, maintaining and improving the program continually, and provides any necessary resources.

 

  • Worker participation. Employers invite workers to identify solutions. Improved worker engagement can lead to better productivity, higher job satisfaction and worker retention – lowering turnover and recruitment costs.

 

  • A systematic “find and fix” approach. Employers and workers examine their workplaces, proactively and routinely, to identify and address hazards before they can cause injury or illness.
 
OSHA’s “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs”  webpage offers practical advice on how any organization can integrate safety and health programs into their operations.  The agency also offers compliance assistance, educational materials, and consultation for small- and medium-sized businesses looking to prevent workplace illness and injury.  Find more information at OSHA’s website.