Every year in the US, more than 5,000 workers are killed at work and more than 3.6 million suffer a serious job-related injury or illness, according to the Bureau of Labor (BLS).
Although the rate of worker deaths and reported injuries has decreased by more than 60 percent since the launch of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act in 1970, these are still shocking numbers – and show that safety management has a long way to go.
In a bid to make US employers aware of their responsibilities and to celebrate best practice in safety management, OSHA launches its national ‘Safe + Sound’ program on Monday August 13.
The program aims to encourage organizations to take a proactive approach to safety by developing a culture of safety among employees and encouraging individuals to take responsibility for safety by implementing a reporting system.
Steffan Kilmer, SHE Software’s Head of US Sales, said the campaign was a useful tool in encouraging employers to make safety a priority: “While there are many examples of really good safety initiatives in the US, the BLS statistics show that businesses need to be aware of what their responsibilities are and how to put them into action.
“OSHA recommends that a simple, intuitive reporting system is at the heart of a good safety program. That’s something we at SHE Software emphasise as a key component when it comes to encouraging employee engagement and improving safety performance.”
More than 200 organizations are partnering with OSHA to promote the importance of safety and health programs – one of the most effective ways to reduce injuries and illnesses and improve business performance. Successful programs can increase worker satisfaction, improve productivity, and reduce costs associated with workplace injuries.
Our health and safety management software solution, Assure, is changing the way that businesses develop their safety programs and helping to keep employees safe.
Health and safety doesn’t happen behind a desk – by giving employees the tools they need to accurately report on health and safety events in real time, people are empowered to develop and sustain an intuitive culture of safety.
Assure addresses the challenges organizations face in recording, tracking, managing and reporting by giving all employees a ‘health and safety voice’, and ensuring health and safety teams can fulfil their responsibilities.
A highly configurable platform, accessible by computer, tablet or smartphone, Assure’s modular design, combined with high levels of functionality, means it adapts to your business needs as they evolve.
Contact us to see how Assure can help you keep your employees ‘Safe + Sound’.