In a business, it is essential for the manager to make sure the proper safety precautions in place to ensure workers experience low risks while on the job. The government has tried to step in and keep businesses in check by imposing random safety checks, which some people have suggested could have a negative effect.
The journal Science recently published research proving that workplace safety and health inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) helps reduce the number of work-related injuries. The researchers note that there has been some people in the past who have suggested these inspections could damage a company’s competitiveness and lead to a loss of jobs.
However, researchers noted that not only do these visits help reduce the number of injuries, but there’s no evidence that job loss could be a result of these checkups.
“It really is the complete opposite of the regular rhetoric that we hear coming out of Washington, D.C., about regulations being harmful to the economy and bad for business,” Celeste Monforton, a professor at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services who was not involved in the study, told The Associated Press.
In addition to workplace inspections, there are ways for managers to ensure their workers are safe, starting with the equipment they use. Investing in the right safety ladders or platforms can ensure that your workers aren’t in danger while on the job.