For employees, OSHA-mandated testing is a way to maintain a safe, injury-free workplace.
For employers, it’s the same – because safety is always a priority – but it is also be the cause of significant stress due to the time, productivity and, of course, financial costs. And all of these costs multiply rapidly when spread across a company’s entire operation.
In every industry, there are sets of costs that all of the players in the space will have to deal with. Taxes. Insurance. Defect rates. Payroll. They are hardly the enjoyable parts of the business, and they are often reluctantly tolerated as simply “the way that it is.”
However, the smart business owners are the ones who are able to “think outside of the box” and turn perceived obstacles into opportunities. The companies that find creative ways to reduce these industry-wide costs without sacrificing quality will be the winners because these savings can then be reinvested back into the company, passed onto the consumer or set aside for a rainy day.
Regardless of what the companies do with their extra money, they will have managed to turn an assumed financial loss into a competitive advantage.
OSHA-mandated testing is one of these “costs of entry” that can easily be turned into an opportunity.
OSHA testing is universally required for all of the players across a given industry space, but not all of the solutions will be equal.
Reducing costs here is the same as putting cash back into your pocket.
Mobile medical testing allows companies to minimize the costs in terms of time, productivity and cost-per-test and turn OSHA-mandated testing into a competitive advantage.
The Cost of Not Performing OSHA-mandated Testing
Certain tests, such as Audiometric Testing, are required to be conducted on an annual basis. Failure to do so, will result in the facility being declared out of compliance and cited. To get an idea of the potential size of the citations in question, here is one example from 2015.
[It should be noted that companies that are found to be in violation have the opportunity to appeal OSHA citations, so while the following example is based on real events, it should not necessarily be considered the end of the story.]
In 2015, a Pennsylvania-based company received citations in three categories: Serious, Willful and Other-Than-Serious. Keeping in line with OSHA’s bureaucratic reputation, the details contained in the citations are specific down to the precise dBA and Time-Weighted Average (TWA) for each employee exposed.
It is worth noting that failing to obtain annual audiograms is listed as a Serious violation.
- “At least annually after obtaining the baseline audiogram, the employer did not obtain a new audiogram for each employee exposed at or above an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels.”
- “The employer did not provide all employees with an annual audiogram within 1 year their baseline audiogram, discovered on or about 03/31/2015.”
The total proposed penalties came to $54,100.00, and of that, the “Serious” violations contributed $3,600.00, and the other “Willful” penalties – largely attributed to harmful noise exposure – contributed $49,500.00.
To put it another way, their competitor gained a $54,100.00 lead over them in what can be assumed is already a challenging marketplace.
For a variety of reasons including safety, penalties and public relations, neglecting to perform OSHA-mandated medical tests is simply not a sustainable strategy.
So what about traditional offsite medical testing?
The Cost of Sending Employees Offsite for OSHA-Mandated Testing
Offsite testing is certainly better than no testing at all. Employee safety should always be priority number one, and, of course, OSHA compliance is mandatory. But sending employees offsite for OSHA testing costs the company in ways that aren’t immediately apparent.
First, is the cost of the test itself. Offsite testing locations are likely to be private practices, urgent care centers or clinics that all start with a fee just to be seen and the costs can pile up from there.
Next, there is the overall productivity loss. Because testing is often required to be completed during work hours, it means that the company is paying an employee to be somewhere else. Sending an employee across town for a twenty-minute test becomes a half-day project once you factor in travel times, wait times and other delays.
This means that a half hour of testing can easily turn into a half-day of productivity loss. Not to mention the complications that can arise from switching crews form nightshift to dayshift for testing.
And then, multiply these financial and productivity costs by the number of employees affected. When entire departments’-worth of people are on the clock but no longer performing productive work, the costs are staggering.
But if you can do a better job of minimizing those costs than your competitor, you’ve turned an obstacle into an opportunity to take the lead.
Savings Attributed to Mobile Medical Testing
- Lower price per employee because rapid testing on location allows us to charge less, on average, per test
- Reduced downtime means you are more productive while your competitors have to wait (your employees can be back on the line while the equivalent person at your competitor’s facility is only just arriving at the medical building)
- Scalability – we can test groups of employees simultaneously, which helps to cap those multiplying costs that your competitors are paying
With mobile medical testing, safety doesn’t need to be at the expense of productivity.
Our four-booth van can test four employees every 15 minutes (16 per hour) and our six-booth trailer can test six employees every 15 minutes (24 per hour). If you send 16 employees offsite for testing, the odds of them returning to work within an hour are very slim.
Conclusion – Turning OSHA-mandated Testing into a Competitive Advantage
There are some costs that are universally applied within specific industries, and OSHA-mandated testing is one example.
By reducing costs and minimizing downtime, mobile medical testing allows companies to turn a potential obstacle into a competitive advantage.
The financial savings and the increased productivity associated with mobile medical testing will put your company that much farther ahead of your competition.