In 2015 OSHA preformed a total of 35,820 federal inspections and 43,471 State Plan inspections, and in 2014 there were 4,679 work related deaths which is the equivalent of 13 deaths a day. Safety in the work place seems to be a major issue among employers. It is a huge gamble to take, not having programs and procedures in place to ensure we are protecting our most valuable asset… our people.
Although these numbers are a little disturbing, OSHA and organizations who support the efforts are making a difference.
- In four decades, OSHA and our state partners, coupled with the efforts of employers, safety and health professionals, unions and advocates, have had a dramatic effect on workplace safety.
- Since 1970, workplace fatality rates have been reduced by more than 66 percent and occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67 percent. At the same time, U.S. employment has almost doubled.
- Worker deaths in America are down–on average, from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014.
- Worker injuries and illnesses are down–from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to 3.2 per 100 in 2014.
If you are a company who is in support of these positively trending statistics but don’t really know how to begin to do your part or have the resources to get started I have some good news for you.
SPMI My HR Professionals, are the professionals when it comes to OSHA regulation and compliance.
With our highly trained staff we are able to provide essential training and consulting for your OSHA-mandated written programs. SPMI provides templates and guidance for creating site specific OSHA-mandated written programs on a variety of subjects as well as record keeping instruments and forms. We can also do training sessions at your place of business to compliment your health and safety programs, and possibly lower your workers compensation insurance by decreasing accidents. We accomplish this by performing facility audits and identifying hazardous conditions and practices as well as OSHA compliance issues, then recommend corrective actions.
Here are some of the OSHA Standards that we address:
- Hazards Communication (OSHA required) – chemical hazards in the workplace
- Bloodborne Pathogens (OSHA required for employees with occupational exposure)
- Electrical Safety (basic training for non-electricians)
- Fire Prevention (OSHA required) includes portable fire extinguisher training
- Material Handling (manual and mechanical)
- Accident Investigation
- Personal Protective Equipment selection, use, storage and disposal
- Respiratory Protection (how to select, use, clean and store respirators)
- Job Safety Analysis (also known as Job Hazard Analysis)
- Lockout/Tagout training for all 3 OSHA-recognized levels of employee
- Walking and Working Surfaces (how to prevent slips, trips and falls)
- Industrial Truck Training (Forklift worksite certification)
For more information check out https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html or https://myhrprofessionals.com/safety-risk-management/