Here’s the #1 mistake that small Texas companies make once they realize that they must meet OSHA health & safety requirements: Dual tasking a Production/Operations with both “getting widgets out the door” and OSHA compliance. The same goes for HR managers who are under continual pressure to recruit and manage employee issues.
There are 3 problems with this model:
- The manager nearly always lacks the technical knowledge and experience to understand and manage ALL OSHA compliance requirements (training, inspections, managing elements under each standard, etc…)
- Even if the manager does have some technical knowledge, they never have enough time to devote to health & safety compliance because their primary role with the company has a major impact on contributing to the company’s bottom line/profitability. Therefore, they focus the majority of their time and effort towards these responsibilities.
- There’s an inherent conflict between production and health & safety compliance issues.
Add it up, and OSHA compliance never gets fully managed, and the company ends up being routinely out of compliance. This puts their employees at risk, and the company at risk for OSHA fines and penalties, civil, reputational and other related liabilities.
This includes environmental compliance.
I made the same mistake with my wind and oilfield services companies, so I understand how this can happen, and learned the hard way that everything I state above is 100% true and factual. Not to mention all of my experience dealing with companies who have echoed the same challenges and regrets.
This is the #1 reason I started Berg Compliance Solutions, and led to the creation of our outsourced OSHA compliance service, ASSURED COMPLIANCE.
Virtually all of our clients have an internal “safety quarterback” (Ops, Production, HR manager) to help internalize health and safety compliance/culture through enforcement, scheduling training time, drive management commitment, etc. but they all recognize that this model has significant limitations which is why they hire us to support that manager and the entire process
Why else should you implement an OSHA compliance program? A formal safety program not only protects your employees, it also saves you money. OSHA infractions can delay jobs and incur costly fines, and high incidents of injury and illness increase your insurance premiums. By implementing a complete and documented health and safety program, our clients have reduced their workers’ compensation rates by 5% in the first year alone. As your company embraces safety, mod rates drop, and you will realize even further savings.
Throughout the year, we walk your facility, provide on-going training, and run your safety committee meetings. We make training interactive and engaging, so that your employees actually apply what they have learned.
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