As the economy moves forward in a slow recovery, employers vigilantly watch for new opportunities to cut costs. One sure way to reduce costs is to have a strong safety and health program (safety program). If you fail to have a strong safety program, you are exposing your company to potential increases in health care costs, penalties and fines, and lost productivity. Covering the basics in this area will protect your company and its employees.
Every employer that does work in the United States is subject to the safety and health laws issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the equivalent state programs. State programs must meet or exceed the requirements set forth by OSHA. Even if a company has only one employee, it must have an established safety program.
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