Safety and health management programs add value to any organization. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed that companies spend around $170 billion annually in costs related to workplace injuries and illnesses. How much money could manufacturers save if they implemented a high-quality safety management system? OSHA estimates that most workplaces could reduce their injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent if they used safety management systems.
Advanced Technology Services, an international leader in industrial services, recently conducted a study in partnership with Plant Engineering magazine in an effort to better understand workplace safety in the manufacturing sector. Researchers discovered that 83 percent of senior management and operations personnel witnessed a noticeable rise in productivity levels following the implementation of a safety program. These same professionals also saw a decrease in costs for injuries and insurance claims.
"97 percent of participants feel that their workers feel safe on the job."
The study also found that 97 percent of participants feel that their workers feel safe on the job, while 75 percent were committed to maintaining employee safety in their facilities. Furthermore, 70 percent of these respondents stated they held regular safety meetings or held periodic safety audits. An additional 69 percent of those surveyed have integrated job safety analysis procedures at their facilities.
"The results of this survey clearly proves the primary importance of safety within today's manufacturing environments," David Miller, senior director, Environmental Health and Safety at Advanced Technology Services, remarked. "Only those manufacturing facilities which continue to emphasize safety as a top-level issue will remain highly productive and competitive in today's marketplace."
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