Health and Safety is Good for Your Bottom Line
- Improving safety and health at your workplace can save your company money. Research shows that successful safety and health systems reduce the costs of injury and illness, and have a high return on investment.
- Healthy employees are more productive than sick workers.
- Showing your employees that you care about their health and safety, and the health of their families, can improve morale and employee retention.
Keep Your Employees Healthy and Safe
Identify Hazards in Your Workplace
Some workplace hazards are obvious, like machinery that can cause injury or chemicals that can be poisonous. When identifying hazards in your workplace, remember to include things like stress, working long hours, working night shifts, and noise. Once you have identified the hazards in your workplace, you can take steps to make your workplace safer.
Follow Health and Safety Requirements
As an employer, you are required to provide a safe workplace for your employees. This means that you check your workplace to make sure there are no serious hazards, you train your employees in safe work practices, and you provide the equipment they need to do their job and stay safe.
Make a Plan for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Workers
Some workplace exposure can be more dangerous for pregnant or breastfeeding workers than for other workers. Think about what jobs in your company could be hazardous for your pregnant workers, and share this information with employees. Offer them the option to temporarily transfer into safer jobs while they are pregnant or breastfeeding. If only one part of a pregnant worker's job is hazardous, offer to have another worker take over that specific task temporarily.
Personal Protective Equipment
Personal Protective Equipment protects workers from death, injuries, and illnesses. Learn more about this equipment at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health website.
WisCon: Wisconsin's Free Consulting Service
Onsite Safety and Health Consultation in Wisconsin (WisCon) is a free consultation service for Wisconsin employers seeking to provide a safe and healthy work environment for their employees. Industrial hygienists, engineers, and nurses can evaluate and help you improve your hazard control measures for a safer work environment.
Request a Free Health Hazard Evaluation
If you want to make your workplace safer but don't know where to start, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health can help. A Health Hazard Evaluation is a free service from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that will give you advice about what kinds of health hazards might be in your workplace and what steps you can take to make your workplace safer. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health does not give fines if they find a hazard. Instead, they will help you fix the problems they find.
Email CDC-INFO or call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) for questions about workplace hazards. Your question will be referred to an occupational safety and health specialist.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- All About OSHA: An introduction booklet (PDF) to OSHA.
- Information on Wisconsin Area Offices of OSHA.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
- Small Business Occupational Safety and Health Resources from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
- A complete list of all Fact Sheets issued by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Wisconsin Occupational Health Program
- Contact us via email or at 608-266-1120.
- Additional resources can be found on the Workplace Safety and Health Information for Workers page.
- Information on worker lead exposure can be found on the Adult Lead Program's For Employers page.
Selected text adapted with permission from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
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