Case study highlights benefits of comprehensive safety and health program

Ritrama, a multi-national corporation that manufactures pressure-sensitive films and labels for a variety of industries, designed and implemented a program to educate employees, managers and supervisors about safe work practices and procedures in its Minneapolis manufacturing plant.
By Staff July 27, 2007

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a case study that shows how Ritrama, a signatory of the Graphic Arts Coalition alliance, realized lower workers’ compensation premiums and higher productivity and quality after implementing a comprehensive safety and health program.
Ritrama is a multi-national corporation that manufactures pressure-sensitive films and labels for the automotive, beverage, health, beauty and pharmaceutical industries. In an effort to improve its safety and health performance at the company’s manufacturing plant in Minneapolis, Ritrama designed and implemented a program to educate employees, managers and supervisors about safe work practices and procedures. The case study details Ritrama’s efforts to protect employee safety and health while also benefiting from higher productivity and an improved bottom line.
“Ritrama’s success is a good example of what can happen when management and employees dedicate themselves to workplace safety and health,” said Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., assistant secretary of labor for OSHA “While the benefits from Ritrama’s new safety and health program have occurred throughout the company, the company has reduced their workers’ compensation premiums by $44,000, increased sales by 7.5 percent and have reduced the costs of manufacturing defects and waste by more than $2 million.”