In early 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a new campaign designed to help companies provide safe and healthy work environments. Employers across the U.S. can benefit from the program, which was specifically designed to curb rising injury and fatality rates at worksites in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
As one of the leading Las Vegas staffing agencies, PrideStaff Las Vegas is proud to work with employers committed to maintaining a safe and healthy worksite. Find out about the latest safety concerns highlighted by OSHA and what you can do to keep your team safe.
Creating an Effective Safety Program
From Oct. 1, 2016 to Feb. 1, 2017, OSHA initiated 12 fatality inspections in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska — a 71.4% increase from the same time period one year earlier. The agency found a notable rise in fatalities linked to confined space entry, trenching and excavation and being struck by motor vehicles.
All preventable in nature, OSHA is on a mission to reduce the number of illnesses and injuries caused by lack of employer oversight. The agency notes there’s no such thing as one right way to run a safety program, but makes it clear all effective initiatives contain these three elements:
Company leaders must commit to establishing, maintaining and constantly improving the program to ensure it meets organizational needs. Proper resources must also be allocated to the cause.
Employees should be engaged in the process and empowered to identify problems and create solutions. This can result in higher levels of productivity, greater job satisfaction and heightened retention rates. Lower levels of turnover means less need for recruiting, thus inflating the company’s bottom line.
A Systematic ‘Find and Fix’ Approach
Safety can’t be something that falls by the wayside. Employers and employees must frequently examine the worksite for potential safety hazards and make sure the issue is corrected before it leads to injury or illness.
OSHA offers a wide-variety of safety resources to both workers and employers, so take advantage of these educational materials, training and other information, and encourage your staff to do the same.
Ease the Burden of Hiring
Choosing the right person for the job can be tough, so team up with PrideStaff Las Vegas. We’ll help you find a new hire who perfectly aligns with your company culture, and values a safe and healthy workplace as much as you do. Contact us today to learn more!