As part of any sustainability efforts, worker safety needs to be a priority. Fortunately, worker deaths and injuries have been reduced by 60 percent since the Occupational and Health (OSH) act was passed roughly 40 years ago according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nevertheless, more than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year while a staggering 4.1 million workers report suffering a serious job-related injury or illness during the same period. Organizations need to do more to protect their workforce, and OSHA has created a week-long event to help companies do that.
What is the Safe + Sound Week?
The OSHA Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event that raises awareness and shares the value of safety and health programs in the workplace. Organizations commit to improving three key pillars, including: Management Leadership, Worker Participation, and Fixing Hazards. Companies of any size are encouraged to participate.
Why Participate in Safe + Sound Week?
Hopefully, your company is already prioritizing health and safety. If it isn’t, then Safe + Sound Week is a great way to get started. Participating renews faith in your workforce, customers, investors, and supply chain partners that your organization is emphasizing safety and sustainability. Other than good PR, safety and health programs will help your business:
- Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
- Improve compliance with laws and regulations
- Reduce costs, including significant reductions in workers' compensation premiums
- Engage workers
- Enhance social responsibility goals
- Increase productivity and enhance overall business operations
The Three Pillars of Safe + Sound Week
Management Leadership: Health and safety need to start at the top. A commitment from leadership sends a strong message throughout the organization to continually drive improvement in safety and health. When management proves its dedication by taking action towards safety, workers know that health and safety are success factors and will include efforts to improving these areas in their daily business.
Worker Participation: Leadership in health in safety is well and good but can quickly become out of touch without the input of the greater workforce. Effective safety and health programs tap into workers' collective experience, knowledge, and insight to find solutions to workplace safety and health challenges. It’s the people who do the job that are most aware of potential hazards and how to remedy them. Furthermore, worker participation fosters investment by the employee into making the worksite safer and healthier.
Find & Fix Hazards: When leadership and workers collaborate, they can identify dangers and work together to minimize or eradicate them. By working together in open and honest dialog, workplace hazards can be dealt with proactively before an injury instead of reactively and possibly causing a disruption for the supply chain. As new technologies, processes, materials, and workers are introduced to the worksite, it’s more important than ever to have a system in place to inspect for emerging hazards.
Proactive Health and Safety Management
A proactive approach to health and safety management is the key to improving performance, and for long-term, sustainable results, organizations must extend that approach out to the supply chain. Avetta’s supply chain risk management solutions help companies to align with suppliers that share similar standards for health and safety, and with the assurance that they meet established policies and procedures.
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