Safety and Health Programs Every Business Should Implement

From energy and construction companies to schools and hospitals, safety and health programs facilitate growth by managing liability and building stakeholder trust. Since the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act came into effect four decades ago, the rate of worker deaths and reported injuries has fallen by more than 60% in the United States. Despite this downward trend, over 5,000 workers are killed on the job each year, while 3.6 million suffer from job-related injury or illness. While these incidents impact workers and their families, they also harm businesses in a variety of ways. A bad reputation, unmanaged liability, and limited employee buy-in can negatively impact profitability.

Through the implementation of safety and health programs, companies operating across diverse industries can prevent accidents. In doing so, they improve their safety and health performance, reduce costs, and become more competitive. However, this process is time and labor-intensive, which creates challenges for small and medium-sized businesses. For this reason, more companies engage service providers like SITEX to ensure environmental compliance, reduce risk, and protect workers. By accessing a network of certified experts with advanced solutions and a proven track record, any company can optimize their operations, save money, and build a healthier corporate culture.

Critical Safety and Health Programs

Although adhering to OSHA guidelines will result in fewer workplace injuries, companies can amplify these benefits by implementing proper safety and health programs. Through this process, businesses may lower their worker compensation costs, support employee productivity, and improve profitability. These benefits result as companies work to prevent accident-related medical expenses, proactively address equipment maintenance, and reduce employee turnover. In general, safety and health programs integrate four main components:

  1. Stakeholder Involvement: Employee involvement is crucial to the success of any safety and health program. Managers are responsible for leading development and should engage a third party when there are knowledge gaps. Through this process, management can effectively and appropriately assign responsibility to employees.
  2. Worksite Analysis: Across any industry, there’s a need to identify all existing and potential hazards continuously. An adequate safety and health program will establish protocols for identifying these risks.
  3. Hazard Prevention and Control: Once hazards are identified, safety and health programs will outline the administrative, engineering, or personal protective equipment (PPE) practices necessary to prevent and control them.
  4. Staff Training: Companies should train all managers, supervisors, and employees to understand and respond to worksite hazards. Without this level of awareness, previous efforts to identify and control risks may be ineffective.

Although companies can undertake this process internally, the complexity of each step may prove challenging. These challenges are more prevalent in environments that rely on continuous operations to generate profit, such as oil and gas or industrial facilities. In these instances and others, engaging a service provider like SITEX can streamline safety and health processes and minimize interruptions.

Leverage Safety and Health Expertise

Industrial facilities, schools, hospitals, oil and gas plants, and construction companies often employ Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to optimize their business operations. In many cases, these platforms work in tandem with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms to provide data-driven insights. However, as companies grow, these systems can become cumbersome and expensive to scale. In response, companies might consider engaging a service provider like SITEX to secure additional resources on-demand.

Shutdown, Turnaround, and Outage (STO) Programs

Although shutdowns, turnaround maintenance, and forced outages are necessary, they can also significantly impact business. In general, outages can equate to one-third of maintenance budgets, which makes seamless execution critical. However, according to BCG, only 32% of turnaround maintenance is considered successful. That is, executed on time, on budget, and with planned tasks adequately completed. While companies complete some projects in days, others take years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. As a result, extensive coordination and communication are crucial to ensure teams remain responsive to inevitable challenges. SITEX can help companies, like this power plant, reduce risk and liability, secure necessary staff, and stay compliant during this process.

Environmental and Industrial Hygiene Programs

Environmental safety and health programs must integrate industry best practices, community relations, and applicable regulations. This process has become increasingly complex as legislation diverges depending on the location. Beyond this, the science of protecting and enhancing the health and safety of people requires unique expertise. Rather than navigate this process internally, companies can engage service providers like SITEX to gain access to environmental services, indoor air quality, hazardous materials, and industrial hygiene programs.

Safety and Rescue Programs

There are several benefits to working with an industrial safety and rescue service provider. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of emergency response requirements, construction, oil and gas, and other industrial companies, it’s more challenging to keep track of the legislative requirements and tools needed to remain compliant. By engaging a service provider, companies gain access to employees with emergency medical training, rescue expertise, and confined space certifications. If internal employees do have such training, but safety is not their primary responsibility, taking them off the job can reduce productivity. Beyond this, companies must consider the cost of purchasing and maintaining the equipment necessary to administer these programs. Recognizing these challenges, SITEX Emergency Services can perform as a Tier 1 response team or fill in wherever companies need personnel and equipment.

Safety and Health on Demand

Safety and health programs are complex and require continuous improvement to ensure compliance which reduces risk and liability. Although this work can occur internally, engaging a service provider like SITEX allows companies to scale their operations and optimize profitability. These outcomes are possible because third-party resources are only there when you need them, supporting agile decision-making while protecting the safety and health of employees and the environment. Talk to a SITEX expert today and find out how we can address your unique safety and health needs today.