Establishing a safety and health program at your job site is one of the most
effective ways of protecting your most valuable asset: your workers. Losing
workers to injury or illness, even for a short time, can cause significant
disruption and cost-to you as well as the workers and their families. It can
also damage workplace morale, productivity, turnover, and reputation.
Safety and health programs foster a proactive approach to "finding and fixing
job site hazards before they can cause injury or illness. Rather than reacting
to an incident, management and workers collaborate to identify and solve issues
before they occur. This collaboration builds trust, enhances communication, and
often leads to other business improvements. Employers who have implemented
safety and health programs have also found that managing for safety results in
higher-quality product or output and higher profits.
A new publication by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration
recommends practices that reflect current conditions in the construction
- New construction techniques, materials, and equipment have come into common
- Greater diversity in the construction workforce means that people from
different backgrounds and cultures are working alongside each other, often
speaking different languages.
- An aging workforce and the rise of sedentary lifestyle means that some
workers are at higher risk for work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
- Increased temporary and contract employment means that traditional
relationships between workers and employers are shifting, and changes in safety
programs and policies will be required to ensure the safety and health of all
workers at worksites characterized by these newer and more fluid relationships.
AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration