In an effort to reduce the number of injuries and illnesses caused by hazardous chemicals, The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has made revisions to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align it with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
So what would keep your average construction worker from reporting an injury that he suffered on the job? More specifically, what would keep more than a quarter of construction workers reporting their injuries?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there are around 250,000 serious hand, finger, and wrist injuries in private industry per year including approximately 8,000 amputations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the United States (especially in the manufacturing sector). Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, and an additional 9 million exposed to ototoxic chemicals. An estimated $242 million is spent annually on worker’s compensation for hearing loss disability