Why am I responsible for my workers’ safety?

Last month’s OSHA blog post about Employers and the law brought up some interesting questions. OSHA provides forums for businesses to get answers to their safety questions. Unfortunately not enough employers are taking advantage of this government service.

From the Bureau of Labor Statics:

Of the approximately 2.9 million nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2015, nearly 2.8 million (95.2 percent) were injuries. (See table 5.) Among injuries, nearly 2.1 million (75.0 percent) occurred in service-providing industries, which employed 82.5 percent of the private industry workforce. The remaining nearly 0.7 million injuries (25.0 percent) occurred in goods-producing industries, which accounted for 17.5 percent of private industry employment.

Most employers miss the opportunities they have to improve safety for workers. Besides the forums and email contact offered by OSHA. There are also firms offering Occupational Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) and Industrial Hygiene services

If you have any question about the safety of your workers please contact a professional to review the situation.