Just because small businesses may not have the same resources doesn’t mean a safety program is out of reach. The benefits of operating safely far outweigh the consequences of a serious incident: According to a 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, worker injuries and illnesses cost U.S. businesses $225.8 billion a year. OSHA encourages small-business owners to use the agency’s no-cost On-Site Consultation Program to find out about potential hazards at their workplace, improve programs that are already in place and even qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections.
Additionally, the NIOSH Small Business Assistance Program uses research, outreach and prevention activities to assist businesses with fewer than 50 employees in reducing workplace deaths, injuries and illnesses. (Source: Safety+Health, 2019).
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