There are more than 2,300 worksites enrolled in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. Only 29 are health services. Has safety lost its way in the 21st century economy? If you have evidence otherwise, bring it on.
Your concern regarding the underreporting of accidents and injuries is a concern. You have a valid point. However, there are compounding issues related to this underreporting, one of which is OSHA’s interpretation of what is reportable has gone to extreme.
Workers are encouraged to speak up, stand up, when they know of OSHA recordkeeping abuses. When they are pressured to hide minor injuries so company safety goals can be met, and incentive rewards doled out. But it takes a lot of guts.
OSHA’s web site is now designed to bring front and center focus to worker fatalities. Weekly fatality reports name names: the employers who reported (as mandated) job-related deaths to the agency. A brief summary of the incident is included. But is anyone reading these reports?
OSHA held an hour-long live webinar Q&A December 7 after the release of its latest regulatory agenda. But acting OSHA chief Jordan Barab, who answered the questions, had the benefit of handling only written questions, submitted in advance or during the Q&A.