Protecting the safety and health of employees is a highly
regulated function for all employers. By incorporating safety and
health programs into core business processes, employers can significantly
reduce the cost and frequency of penalties for safety and health rule
violations, medical bills, and workers’ compensation premiums.
In conjunction with complying with workplace safety and
health rules, employers must also protect the rights and well-being
of employees under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and
other statutes related to the rights of employees to a safe and healthful
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) has developed voluntary guidelines for the establishment of
formal safety and health programs at general and marine industry workplaces
to monitor company safety and health performance, as well as to comply
with OSHA and other regulatory standards.