SAFETY SOLUTIONS: Is Your Company on OSHA's Hit List?
OSHA Notifies Workplaces with High Injury and Illness Rates
Many readers have asked the question on how OSHA
selects their company for an inspection. OSHA priorities
are imminent danger, followed by fatalities
then employees complaints and finally other scheduled
This year the Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health has notified 14,000
employers nationwide that their injury and illness rates are
considerably higher than the national average.
In a letter sent this month to those employers, Assistant
Secretary Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. explained that the notification
was a proactive step to encourage employers to take action
now to reduce rates and improve safety and health conditions
in their workplaces.
“A high injury and illness rate is costly to employees and
employers in both personal and financial terms,” said
Assistant Secretary Foulke. “Our goal is to make them aware
of their high injury and illness rates and to get them to focus
on eliminating hazards in their workplace. To help them in
this regard, OSHA offers free assistance programs to help
employers better protect the safety and health of their
OSHA identified businesses with the nation’s highest rates
of workplace injuries and illnesses through employer-reported
data from a 2007 survey of 80,000 worksites (this survey
collected injury and illness data from calendar year
2006). Workplaces receiving notifications had 5.4 or more
injuries resulting in days away from work, restricted work
activity or job transfer (DART) for every 100 full-time
employees. Nationally, the average U.S. workplace had 2.3
DART occurrences for every 100 employees.
Employers receiving the letters were also provided copies
of their injury and illness data, along with a list of the most
frequently cited OSHA standards for their specific industry.
The letter also offered assistance in helping turn the numbers
around by suggesting, among other things, the use consultation
services provided through the states, state workers’
compensation agencies, insurance carriers or outside safety
and health consultants.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970,
employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful
workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to assure the
safety and health of America’s working men and women by
setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach,
and education; establishing partnerships and encouraging
continual process improvement in workplace safety
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To learn more about OSHA and their programs please visit
their website at www.dol.gov.
Until next time, be safe.
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