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How Health and Safety Agencies Help Companies

Posted by EHS Insight Resources on November 10, 2020 at 4:08 PM

On occasion, manufacturing companies have been known to get upset at health and safety agencies like OSHA. After all, their enforcement of safety regulations can sometimes interfere with normal business operations. However, it’s always important to remember that health and safety agencies are just looking out for the well-being of everyone involved.

In fact, organizations like OSHA are quite helpful to companies. It never hurts to have an extra layer of protection when it comes to health and safety. Just consider all of the ways that health and safety agencies like OSHA are helping companies when all is said and done.

Setting the Standards

It may seem obvious, but OSHA does businesses in many industries a huge favor by setting the health and safety standards for those industries. While some may disagree with outside health and safety organizations having that kind of power, most can agree it’s sensible to get an outside perspective for something as important as health and safety. It’s easy for those inside certain industries to lose sight of just how dangerous certain jobs can be and the importance of proper safety.

Plus, there are too many companies that would relax on safety protocols or take advantage if there wasn’t an organization like OSHA overseeing everything. The safety standards put in place by health and safety agencies encourage companies to improve safety equipment, reduce the use of harmful materials whenever possible, and remain vigilant of the health and safety of their employees. With OSHA standards companies are able to set goals for workplace safety, which most can agree is helpful.

Training Programs

Not all businesses recognize that OSHA does more than just enforce safety regulations. They are also an organization that helps businesses meet those regulations through training programs. These programs are aimed to help employees understand safety hazards in their job so they can be better able to prevent workplace accidents and injuries. 

OSHA has an effective “train the trainer” approach that allows one person to train many people on a particular safety topic. The people that went through that training can then train others in the same set of safety standards. This system creates a wave of education and training that can help workers in a variety of industries stay up to date on the latest safety information.

Get off the Ground

OSHA does a surprising amount of work to help small and new businesses find their footing. It’s usually more challenging for these businesses to comply with safety regulations than bigger businesses that have more resources. However, if these businesses contact their local OSHA office, they will usually provide assistance with any health and safety issues. 

This can be as fundamental as having an OSHA representative onsite to identify potential safety hazards and explain how to correct them. Businesses and employees can even form a partnership with OSHA to eliminate hazards over time in the interest of health and safety at the workplace. There are also plenty of training courses and health programs that OSHA can operate that will benefit small and new businesses. If nothing else, the OSHA website has all of the materials and information a small business needs to create a safer work environment.

Help Agencies, Help Yourself

While health and safety agencies like OSHA help businesses, you can return the favor by doing your best to keep up with compliance and be transparent about any safety issues, no matter how minor. Our safety software is designed to do just that.

The software we developed allows all accidents and safety hazards to be reported so they can be addressed as quickly as possible. It also makes it easier to stay up to date on training and safety programs. If you think our software sounds like a good fit for your company, let us know and we’ll be happy to go over all of the ways our software can help your business improve its safety program.

Topics: OSHA, Regulatory Information, Workplace Health and Safety, Compliance, Safety Management

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