According to OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, “Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.”
All employees are entitled to a safe workplace. First and foremost, it is of utmost importance that employees are not in danger. Secondly, work-related accidents account for lost time and money, high legal and workmen’s compensation costs, and poor morale. A healthy work environment is good for everyone.
This is especially true in manufacturing, where workers are often involved in the use of heavy/complex machinery and physically challenging conditions. There are many OSHA standards and programs related to general workers as well as specifically to manufacturing, and it’s important for employers and employees to be aware of these standards. For instance, OSHA just announced a National Emphasis Program on the hazards of isocyanates, compounds used in building materials, furniture, packaging, and coatings, which have serious potential risks. Workers and employers should always be aware of the related symptoms and practice the safety/preventative procedures.
Thankfully, most companies are aware of the guidelines and reasons to adhere to them, and realize the detrimental effects of employee injuries, as well as the incentives to comply. At Chicago Nut & Bolt, we are vigilant in our efforts to keep our employees safe and to comply with all related standards. We are audited regularly, which is a very good practice for companies to take part in in order to ensure worker safety.
By remaining aware of all relevant standards and how to comply with them, taking part in audits, and keeping employees educated, safety can be assured, and then everybody wins.