According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a total of 4,609 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2011. This equates to 3.5 fatalities per 100,000 full-time workers.
According to the 2012 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses in 2010 amounted to $51.1 billion in direct US workers compensation costs.
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)."Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats facing American workers today," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. "Revising OSHA's Hazard Communication standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive." The update is intended to provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs were first introduced in the 1970’s but didn’t become commonplace in the workplace until the past 2 decades. They are durable, energy efficient alternatives to incandescent bulbs allowing your workplace to be more efficient and show significant cost savings. Unfortunately, the greater efficiency and cost savings come with some risks to those workers who handle, recycle and dispose of them.
A shocking one in six of all lost-time work injuries result from slips, trips and falls. Nearly 65 percent of these are same-level falls. With the goal of protecting the worker from harmful events such as dangerous falls, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed regulations that every employer must know and comply with.