OSHA plans to make these reports public, so potential customers and vendors will have an unrestricted view of your safety program -- or lack of one. If they see a poor safety record evidenced by significant injuries and illnesses, that could spell the loss of a business opportunity. This is the time to review safety programs already in place to ensure they are adequate, and improve training to keep injuries at the lowest possible level. Charlotte, N.C., attorney Travis Vance suggests that in order to make safety programs successful, employers make safety a high priority, be willing to try new approaches and rewrite existing safety rules, and avoid the temptation to procrastinate on developing or refining company safety programs.

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