If you’re a small business owner, you know that workplace safety is important to the well-being of your team members and the financial success of your company. As part of a comprehensive workplace safety program, you must provide your employees with a healthy environment and support them with regular safety training.
Of course, owners are often knee-deep in the day-to-day challenges of running a small business, so taking the time to design and implement a safety training program may seem like an unlikely luxury. So, we’ll make this short and sweet and helpful. Here are some resources to make it easier for you to give your employees the safety training they need.
Why is safety training important for small businesses?
According to research on safety activities in small businesses:
- Workplace injuries and fatalities occur more often in smaller businesses than larger ones
- Workplace injuries occur less often when workplace safety activities are in place
- Small businesses are less likely to engage in workplace safety activities than larger ones
- New businesses are less likely to have workplace safety activities in place than older ones
Safety training resources for your small business
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “No person should ever have to be injured, become ill, or die for a paycheck.” OSHA is the No.1 resource for safety training, assistance, and outreach to support small business owners in maintaining a safe work-space.
Here are just a few of OSHA’s many resources for small business safety training:
This OSHA handbook is designed to assist small business employers in meeting OSHA legal requirements. It contains safety training information, strategies, and resources.
OSHA also has an interactive online resource with steps to kick off your safety training program. The education and training link is especially helpful and features a useful list of action items.
OSHA maintains an extensive library of training resources on topics like how to develop and deliver effective training.
OSHA even offers customized assistance through its on-site consultations. Consultations are at no cost, and they do not lead to citations or penalties. OSHA reports that consultations reduce illnesses and injuries, increase morale and productivity, and lower the costs of accidents.