Making the Business Case for Safety and Health

Workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses cost the country billions of dollars every year. In its 2005 Workplace Safety Index, Liberty Mutual estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week to injured employees and their medical care providers. Even one serious workplace injury may affect the bottom line of a small business. Employers that implement effective safety and health management systems may expect to significantly reduce injuries and illnesses and reduce the costs associated with these injuries and illnesses, including workers’ compensation payments, medical expenses, and lost productivity. In addition, employers often find that process and other changes made to improve workplace safety and health may result in significant improvements to their organization’s productivity and profitability.

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What are the costs of workplace injuries and illnesses?

How can I show the economic benefits of workplace safety and health?
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What information is available by industry or safety and health topic?
By Industry | By Safety and Health Topic

How can designing for safety improve workplace safety and health and improve my bottom line?

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How do I get started improving workplace safety and health?