The direct cost of the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses in 2008 amounted to $53.42
billion in U.S. workers compensation costs, more than one billion dollars per week. This money would be better spent on job creation and innovation. Injury and illness prevention programs (IIPP) are good for workers, good for business and good for America.
Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor. Source: www.OSHA.gov
Nationally, there are 34 states that require or encourage employers to develop an IIPP; 15 states make IIPP mandatory. Although in the early stages, OSHA is writing a new standard that will require employers to develop a program to help find and fix hazards in the workplace.
I have previously reported on this blog about taking a proactive approach to IIPPs (see OSHA’s strategy: Plan, Prevent, and Protect). According to OSHA, these programs can substantially reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and alleviate the associated financial burdens on U.S. workplaces. For further reference, the new OSHA Fact Sheet is now available.
Implementing Continual Safety Improvements
The most successful injury and illness prevention programs are based on a common set of key elements. These include:
- Management Leadership
- Worker Participation
- Hazard Identification and Assessment
- Education and Training
- Program Evaluation and Improvement
QMA will help you implement and maintain a complete program that utilizes these elements by:
- Developing and establishing a strategy for injury and illness prevention that involves all employees in the effort, by
- Training and educating employees in safety awareness, hazard recognition and mitigation, and OSHA mandated topics, such as, HAZMAT* training for chemical handling and by
- Conducting audits and assessment aimed at your continual improvement needs.
* HAZMAT: hazardous material training, also known as “Right-to-Know”
QMA will address your specific injury prevention training and consulting needs, whether you are a large or small employer. Together, we will develop a strategy and a program that fits your industry and organization. For a free consultation, please complete the contact form and we will contact you.