In 2015 OSHA performed 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 workplace seems to be a significant issue among employers. It is a huge gamble to take, not having programs and procedures 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 employers’ efforts, safety and health professionals, unions, and advocates, have had a dramatic effect on workplace safety.
- Since 1970, workplace fatality rates have dropped 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 that supports these positive statistics but don’t know how to begin to do your part or have the resources to get started, I have some good news for you.
My HR Professionals are professionals when it comes to OSHA regulation and compliance.
With our highly trained staff, we provide essential training and consulting for your OSHA-mandated written programs. We also provide templates and guidance for creating site-specific OSHA-mandated written applications on various subjects and record-keeping instruments and forms. My HR Professionals does training sessions at your business to compliment your health and safety programs. By utilizing our onsite training, you may lower your workers’ compensation insurance by decreasing accidents. We accomplish this by performing facility audits, identifying hazardous conditions and practices, and 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://myhrprofessionals.com/safety-risk-management/