A common safety leader’s complaint deals with individuals who fudge the numbers – those who do not report all the injuries and incidents that occur, and those who fudge the severity and do not take incidents as recordable.
Governor John R. Kasich and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced a $1 billion rebate to Ohio’s private and public sector workers’ compensation customers, as well as a major new investment in worker safety research and training.
A number of companies have made significant improvements to their safety cultures. Their progress is so dramatic, they often come to the realization that it is highly probable that their next fatality will come from a contractor they hire. To safety leaders, this is not an acceptable risk.
“Are we kidding ourselves?” Dr. Tom Krause, founder of BST and now an independent consultant, asked several hundred safety pros at a session at ASSE’s Safety 2013. Kidding about what? Dr. Krause’s point: low OSHA injury rates are deceiving many companies into believing they have better safety performance than is really the case.
The benefits of creating a proactive approach to Industrial Hygiene (IH) concerns goes beyond reactive assessments and lowering the incident/injury rate. In a proactive approach, IH professionals dedicate their time and energy into understanding and evaluating hazards and risks, and taking actions and assigning controls to prevent injuries and exposures. Read More