02/13/2012

Injury and Illness Prevention Programs White Paper

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) has published a new Injury and Illness Prevention Programs White Paper
on the agency's Web site. An injury and illness prevention program is a
proactive process to help employers find and fix workplace hazards before
workers are hurt. These programs are effective at reducing injuries, illnesses,
and fatalities. Many workplaces have already adopted such approaches, for
example as part of OSHA's cooperative programs. Not only do these employers
experience dramatic decreases in workplace injuries, but they often report a
transformed workplace culture that can lead to higher productivity and quality,
reduced turnover, reduced costs, and greater employee satisfaction.

The key elements of these program are management leadership, worker
participation, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and
control, education and training, and program evaluation and improvement.

OSHA believes that adoption of injury and illness prevention programs based on
simple, sound, proven principles will help millions of U.S. businesses improve
their compliance with existing laws and regulations, decrease the incidence of
workplace injuries and illnesses, reduce costs (including significant
reductions in workers' compensation premiums) and enhance their overall
business operations.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration