OSHA Unveils Enhanced Small Business Assistance Web Page

OSHA recently unveiled an enhanced Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA) Web site, which includes an improved “Safety Pays” eTool and a new Spanish language safety link.

“OSHA continues to be at the forefront in developing and making resources and tools available to help employers provide a safe and healthful work environment,” said OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke Jr. “The ‘Safety Pays’ eTool and the Spanish Language Safety link are examples of our commitment to better serve the needs of the small business community.”

The Small Business Website features a new design to highlight categorical pages, or tabs, for easier navigation and data access. The new format showcases focal points, new products and links. The site provides a wide variety of safety and health tools, products and information for small businesses.

The OSBA website features an updated “Safety Pays” eTool to help employers estimate the costs of occupational injuries and illnesses and the estimated impact on a company’s profitability. This Web-based application allows businesses to identify the direct and indirect costs of injuries and calculate the sales needed to make up for these losses.

According to OSHA, advantages of the “Safety Pays” tool include:

  • no downloading;
  • access to updated loss-injury figures;
  • automatic results after entering data in the appropriate fields; and
  • the option to create and print additional forms online.

A new addition to the site, the Spanish Language Safety link, contains useful Spanish-language compliance assistance resources and tools developed by OSHA’s State Consultation programs. The page provides small businesses with access to Spanish-language safety cards, booklets, and posters. Visitors may access this link from the Small Business Assistance webpage.

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