Manufacturers see workplace safety as an important business tool.  Rather than simply a cost of doing business, safety programs reduce costs and contribute to the bottom line.  As a consequence, many companies have incorporated safety into their lean manufacturing culture.  Safe practices reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, and improve efficiency, quality, and morale.

Between 1994 and 2012, the rate of occupational injuries in manufacturing facilities decreased by two-thirds, from just over 12 injuries per 100 workers to only 4. This is a substantially faster rate of improvement than that of the overall private sector.

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