When the U.S. government established the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in 1971, there was not yet a governmental body regulating safety and health standards within American companies. Now, over four decades since the forming of this administration, occupational deaths have dropped by 62% and occupational injuries and illnesses have decreased by 40%, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Although OSHA's mission is to "assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance," at the end of the day, a safe work culture must be developed and nurtured within an organization to be successful. Even with the strides that have been made, workplace injuries and illnesses have been estimated in recent years to cost companies $250 billion per year.
Whether you're sitting behind a computer in the procurement office or running heavy machinery inside a warehouse, safety should be a top priority. With technology evolving, companies have the opportunity to establish a safety culture that is appreciated by employees and investors.
An open safety culture should be designed to reach workers inside and outside the workplace and include up-to-the-minute safety notifications, hazard communication, and productivity updates. These safety notices can drastically increase worker productivity, lead to fewer safety claims, lower workers' comp costs, and improve employee morale.
Consider this fact from a study conducted by insurance company Liberty Mutual entitled "Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index": For every $1 a company invests in workplace safety, the result amounts to a $3 return on investment. In fact, the survey revealed that 70% of the companies involved in the survey reported, "Protecting employees is a leading benefit of workplace safety."
At RMG Networks, we are ushering in a new wave of safety communications through intelligent digital signage. Digital communications allow employees to be reached with reminders and notices anywhere, anytime. Our goal is to pave the way towards fewer accidents in the workplace and help companies take the important step towards a safety centric culture.
Imagine being able to display, in real time, the number of injury-free events experienced within your factory or share a reminder with your employees to wear certain safety gear during a shift in weather. With large digital screen displays, you can post simple reminders such as these in areas within your facility that are visible to your employees and receive regular foot traffic. These systems are also available network wide, meaning they're accessible on smaller, desktop and mobile systems like phones, tablets and laptops. This anytime, anywhere communication allows employees working in the field to stay informed of safety precautions, as well as those in the office. In addition, these systems are easily updateable and can be refreshed in real time throughout the workday with just a few keystrokes.
Static messages often go overlooked. In order to break through the noise, safety messages must be visually stimulating and up-to-the-minute to provide employees with instant reminders and notifications. Establishing a culture of workplace safety should be a vital part of a company's overall strategy for success. After all, as a wise man once said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."