OSHA has rolled out its “Safe and Sound Campaign” initiative, which asks employers to review their safety programs and identify areas for improvement, according to the agency.
Reference: OSHA’s ‘Safe and Sound’ campaign assists employers in keeping workplaces safe and healthy – OSHA Press Release – March 15, 2017.
“Workplace safety and health incidents hurt workers and their families, and they cost businesses’ capital better invested in growing their business and creating jobs,” said Kim Stille, OSHA’s Regional Administrator in Kansas City. “By identifying and controlling job-related hazards that can lead to injuries and illnesses, businesses can improve their safety and health programs, save money and improve competitiveness.”
The agency highlighted the inspection areas of Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri — which saw a significant rise in fatalities related to trenching and excavating, confined space entry, and struck-by motor vehicle incidents last year — as examples of the need for heightened attention to safety on job sites.
OSHA has initiated 12 fatality inspections in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska since Oct. 1, 2016 – up from seven for the same period of Oct. 1, 2015 through Feb. 1, 2016 – and found a significant increase in fatalities associated with confined space entry and trenching and excavating. Fatalities involving workers being struck by motor vehicles also doubled from two to four persons for the same time period.
About the OSHA ‘Safe and Sound’ Campaign
The safety and health program approach has been proven by “best in class” employers that have reduced injuries and illnesses and improved their businesses. While there are different approaches, all effective safety and health programs have three core elements:
- Management leadership. Top management commits to establishing, maintaining, and continually improving the program, and provides any necessary resources.
- Worker participation. Effective programs involve workers in identifying solutions. Improved worker engagement is linked to better productivity, higher job satisfaction, and better worker retention.
- A systematic find and fix approach. All effective programs are centered around a proactive process of finding and fixing hazards before they can cause injury or illness.
Initiating a safety and health program doesn’t have to be complicated or require outside consultants; there are some simple, do-it-yourself steps to get started. To learn more about how to integrate safety and health programs in your organization, visit the OSHA Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs page.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.