Written by Steve Hudgik
What is OHSA? When a worker fatally falls 35 feet without protection, it's OSHA that steps forward to record and report the accident. What is OHSA? When three workers, one each in Iowa, Michigan and North Dakota, suffocate in a grain bin accident, it's OSHA that posts a notice on its homepage to alert other farm workers to the enormous dangers within a grain bin. What is OHSA? When a construction worker's cable snaps and he falls 40 feet to his death, it's OSHA that reminds workers of standards for working with cables.
What is OHSA? OSHA is the federal agency responsible for keeping American workers safe. In 1970 Congress passed the OSH Act with the goal of providing safe and healthy working conditions for every working man and woman in the United States. Today OSHA's role is to decrease fatalities and accidents by setting and enforcing standards, providing training, and continuing to make the workplace safe and healthy.
What is OHSA? Since the creation of OHSA workplace fatalities have decreased by 60%. Even so, every year nearly 5,000 workers die in a workplace accident. That's nearly 15 deaths per day.
When employees practice safety habits businesses benefit. Their workers' compensation costs decrease, medical costs decrease, payout for return-to-work programs decrease, fewer faulty products, and lower costs for job accommodations for injured workers. There are also indirect benefits such as increased productivity, lower costs for training replacement workers and decreased costs for overtime plus improved morale.
The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up. Far too many preventable injuries and illnesses occur in the workplace.
Since the creation of OSHA, workplace fatalities have been cut by more than 60 percent and occupational injury and illness rates have declined 40 percent. At the same time, U.S. employment has more than doubled and now includes over 115 million workers at 7.2 million worksites.
Since 1970, the nation has made substantial progress in occupational safety and health. OSHA and its many partners in the public and private sectors have:
Workplace injuries and illnesses can have a major impact on an employer's bottom line. Employers pay almost $1 billion per week for workers' compensation costs. If you'd rather practice prevention than cure, call Graphic Products at 1-888-326-9244. to find out how to start receiving the benefits of workplace safety.
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