New OSHA Report Discusses Income Inequality Associated with Failure to Protect Workers
The American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) reminds workers and industry of the need to address health and safety hazards in the workplace.
One of the keys to preventing workplace injuries, deaths and illnesses can be found in the expertise of Certified Industrial Hygienists.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) just released a new report that examines how workplace injuries and illnesses impact income inequality. The report, Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job explores the impact on employees and their families of the more than three million workers that are seriously injured and the approximately 4,500 workers who die each year.
“For many, a workplace injury or illness means the end of the American dream, and the beginning of a nightmare,” said Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. “Employers must do more to prevent these injuries from happening in the first place and insure that when they do, workers receive the benefits to which they are entitled.”
The report states that injured workers, their families and taxpayer-supported components of the social safety net end up paying for the majority of the billions of dollars in associated costs. It also found that workers who have suffered an injury will earn 15% less over the following 10 years of their lives and bear 50% of the cost of the injury.
“The most effective solution for preventing worker injuries and illnesses is prevention, just as the OSHA report states,” said Nicole Greeson, CIH® and Chair of ABIH®. “One of the keys to preventing workplace injuries, deaths and illnesses can be found in the expertise of Certified Industrial Hygienists. CIHs are trained to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control a wide range of chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic stressors. Health risk analysis, hazard communication, work environments and industrial processes are all key components of the CIH certification program.”
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To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene®, Certified Industrial Hygienist® credential or to locate a CIH® to perform industrial hygiene services, please visit www.ABIH.org, email abih@ABIH.org or call (517) 321-2638.
About the American Board of Industrial Hygiene®
Since 1960, ABIH®, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world’s largest, premier organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH® is responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement. Currently, more than 6800 people are certified to use the CIH® designation.
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