Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, notes that $198.2 billion are spent each year due to workplace injuries and illnesses. Averaging out at more than half a billion bucks every single day, that’s quite the cost for something that is almost always preventable. Stop throwing big money away on workplace injuries and reduce the number of illnesses by taking workplace safety to heart. Still not sure how you can benefit from a prevention program? Let’s round up the essentials:
Defining an Injury and Illness Prevention Program
Programs that provide training for the safe usage of equipment and workspaces make up the bulk of injury and illness prevention programs in the US. Some states require injury and illness prevention program training, while other states set up voluntary guidelines that employers can mandate on their own accord. Setting up a training and prevention program that highlights the safe ways to handle manual labor can save money, time, and company reputation.
Additionally, certain industries, most notably the construction industry, could truly benefit from any prevention program for on-the-job injuries and illnesses. Since this sector is commonly at risk for worksite injuries and illnesses, construction companies have a lot to gain with this kind of prevention plan. Interested in establishing a prevention program for your workplace? Key areas to include in a standard injury and illness prevention program include:
- Worker Participation
- Management Leadership
- Education and Training
- Hazard Prevention and Control
- Hazard Identification
- Program Evaluation and Training
Huge Losses Due to Illnesses and Injuries on the Job
Money is one of the things that companies lose due to workplace injuries and illnesses. This is due to hefty hospital costs and fees, not to mention lost wages for employees who are laid up due to injuries or illnesses. Add on the insurance fees for covering a business with a high rate of employee injury and illness—and you can easily see where that half-a-billion-dollars-a-day is going.
However, money is not the only loss. Businesses that frequently experience injuries and illnesses among employees also experience a loss of productivity and morale. Everyone loses a sense of pride and accomplishment when people are getting sick or hurt on the job. Often, these incidents leave employees reconsidering their work efforts.
According to a related article, there are five additional costs associated with injury and illness on the job:
- Cost of Property Damage
- Loss in Revenue
- Cost to Make Reports via Case Management
- Interruption of Operations
- Cost of Emergency Response
Reasons to Set Up a Prevention Program
In addition to reducing the fiscal costs associated with injuries and illnesses in the workplace, you can boost your employees’ morale and work productivity by providing preventative measures. In the long run, it can help to reduce money spent on damaged property, loss of working time, case management reporting, operation interruptions, and emergency crews. Prevent injuries and illnesses—and improve your workplace in the process.