OSHA has assembled links to resources showing the costs of workplace injuries and illnesses, economic benefits of workplace safety and health, and tools to help employers get started on improving safety and health in the workplace. "Making the Business Case for Safety and Health" provides resources including success stories, case studies and tools to help employers get started on improving safety and health in the workplace.
OSHA Resources Targeted to Small Employers
OSHA offers a page on their Web site specifically for smaller businesses designed to encourage safety and prevent workplace injuries. The page also provides access to interactive computer software, technical information and easy-to-follow guides for specific OSHA standards.
The OSHA Small Business Page provides links to these resources.
OSHA Safety Tools
Learn about eight safety tools that your business has already paid for. You can access software, which prepares your business for OSHA compliance. You can also access useful brochures, publications and videos to help you train employees in areas where it is required. Another helpful tool explains your rights as an employer following an OSHA inspection.
Compliance Assistance Resources
OSHA offers a step-by-step guide for small businesses to identify health and safety requirements that are subject to OSHA’s general industry standards. The standards apply to manufacturing industries, wholesale and retail establishments.
OSHA's Quick Start Web site has more information about these assistance resources.
Free OSHA Consultation Service
OSHA offers a free and confidential consultation opportunity to allow your business to identify potential hazards at worksites and improve safety and health management systems. OSHA also provides your business the opportunity to qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections.
OSHA Consulting Services provides more information on this free service.
Small Businesses Go The Extra Mile to Ensure A Safe Workplace
For examples of how OSHA has helped small businesses address safety issues, read "OSHA Small-Business Success Stories."
OSHA's Safety Pays program
OSHA has developed the interactive Safety Pays program as a tool to help employers estimate the costs of occupational injuries and illnesses and the impact on a company's profitability.