Loading... Please wait...



The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has concluded its annual Safe + Sound week. On June 12-18, the federal safety organization seeks to educate employers about the value of creating a safe environment. 

About Safe + Sound Week

OSHA explains that Safe + Sound week is "A nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.

OSHA specifically addresses thee core elements in its Safe + Sound week:

  1. Leadership commitment to maintain and optimize safety programs.
  2. Direct participation from workers to improve workplace safety.
  3. Identify and fix potential safety hazards in the workplace before they lead to an injury.

Safe + Sound week isn't restricted to large businesses; OSHA encourages all businesses -- small, medium and large -- to participate. By creating a "safe" workplace, you'll also promote a "sound" business. So, how exactly does a safe workplace provide value to your business?

How a Safe Workplace Benefits Businesses

More than 2.9 million workers are injured each year in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). While OSHA has specific rules and requirements that employers must follow, many employers ignore or overlook them; thus, placing their workers at a greater risk of injury. One of the reasons cited by employers for failure to comply with OSHA's standards is the time and money it costs. Buying personal protective equipment (PPE) for every employee in your workforce, for instance, can easily cost thousands of dollars.

Safe + Sound week is designed to show businesses that buying PPE and taking other steps to create a safe workplace is a smart investment. While buying PPE for your employees costs money, you'll reap the benefits of fewer work-related injuries -- and that means less Worker's Compensation claims and OSHA fines.

Furthermore, businesses suffer a loss productivity when an employee is injured. There are both immediate and long-term effects of lost productivity in this manner. Businesses may immediately stop their operations to help treat the injured employee. For the long term, the loss of a skilled employee means the business will have to hire a new employee, whom probably isn't as fast or efficient as the injured worker. These are just a few ways that employee injuries can hurt a business's productivity level.

View Comments

Perhaps Coconut Oil Isn't Good for Your Health

Coconut oil is often touted as a healthier alternative to traditional cooking oil. Made from the extracted kernel of mature coconuts, it oxidize slowly, making it resistant to spoilage. The general belief is that plant-based oils, including coconut oil, is healthier than animal-based oils like beef fat and butter. However, this may not be the [...]

Read More »

OSHA Updates Slip and Fall Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated the requirements for preventing slip-and-fall injuries in the workplace.Each year, tens of thousands of workers in the United States are seriously injured as a result of slipping and falling. Slip-and-fall injuries typically fall under one of two categories: from same level or from elevated level. The [...]

Read More »

Is Living Near an Airport Bad for Your Health?

Tens of thousands of Americans live in close proximity to an airport. While residential property near airports is usually cheaper, there's a growing concern regarding the impact it has on residents' health.According to a new study conducted by researchers in Greece, people who live near an airport have a higher risk of developing high blood [...]

Read More »

Tesla Under Fire for Unsafe Working Conditions

Tesla, one of the world's leading makers of electric automobiles, has come under fire for its lax safety protocols to protect workers from injury.According to a new report by the worker safety advocacy group Worksafe, Tesla's rate of worker injury at its Fremont, California factory was 31% higher than the average rate for car makers [...]

Read More »

OSHA Delays Crane Certification

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced plans to delay its crane certification Previously, OSHA said the compliance date for crane certification would be November 10, 2017. However, the Administration recently announced that it would require operators to receive certification by a third party evaluator and be designated as "qualified" at a later [...]

Read More »

NIOSH Publishes New Data Ambulance Safety

There are more than 15,000 ambulance services operating in the United States. When a person experiences a medical emergency, these services can provide life-saving treatment and transportation. However, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recently published new data regarding the safety of ambulance workers.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reviewed [...]

Read More »

Walking at a 'Brisk' Pace May Protect Against Heart Disease

Contrary to what some people believe, you don't have to spend countless hours sweating away at the gym to reap the benefits of a physically active lifestyle. There's new evidence suggesting that small amounts of exercise -- even walking at a brisk pace -- can lower the risk of many diseases and chronic illnesses.Researchers presented [...]

Read More »

OSHA and FCC Update Tower Safety Practices

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have released new safety recommendations for working on towers. It's important to note that these are merely recommendations and not requirements. Neither employers nor employees can be fined or otherwise penalized for failing to comply with them. Nonetheless, OSHA and the FCC [...]

Read More »

ASSE Wants OSHA to Improve Workplace Safety

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has proposed a new "safety blueprint" to help the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) further protect workers from injury and illness.Founded in the wake of a massive factory fire that left 146 workers dead, the ASSE is one of the country's oldest worker safety organizations. Its motto [...]

Read More »