The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants to fine a Big Box retailer $321,827 for violations involving emergency exit routes, slip-and-fall hazards, and access to electrical panels. The violations were discovered during a recent OSHA inspection of  a storeroom in Mobile, Alabama. Since 2016, the regulatory agency has proposed fining the Big Box retailer more than $3.3 million for violations at 54 stores nationwide.

Although this retailer’s business model is based upon low prices, its approach to environmental health and safety seems to be that fines and penalties are just a cost of doing business. That might not be the case, of course, but it also seems fair to say that the company’s approach to safety is reactive instead of proactive. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be what OSHA calls a “long history of violations and repeated failures to protect its workers from on-the-job hazards” that include housekeeping and sanitation violations.

Too many business leaders look at safety as an overhead cost, or as a cost of doing business. With the right approach, however, safety becomes a return-on-investment. That involves taking a proactive approach that’s based on risk management than regulatory compliance and leveraging a technology solution that puts safety-related information right at everyone’s fingertips.

Read the OSHA Article

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