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The end of a year is a time for companies to reflect, review and, inevitably, make business-orientated resolutions for the next 12 months. Irrespective of the size of an organization, the roadmap for 2018 will have been planned, with the expectation being that stated goals will not only be achieved before the end of 2018, but also contribute to a healthy bottom line.
Financial goals aside, companies should be making certain that their working conditions for employees are safe and free from hazards. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. employers reported 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries in 2016, a drop of 48,500 from the previous year. And while the number of non fatal incidents continued to show a year-on-year decline, there was a 7 percent increase in work-related deaths with 5,190 fatalities flagged over those 12 months.
“America’s workers deserve better.”
“The occupational fatality data show a tragic trend with the third consecutive increase in worker fatalities in 2016—the highest since 2008,” said OSHA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt, in a press release. “America’s workers deserve better. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is committed to finding new and innovative ways of working with employers and employees to improve workplace safety and health. OSHA will work to address these trends through enforcement, compliance assistance, education and training, and outreach.”
Sweatt’s concerns are well-founded and should be considered a catalyst for companies to take another look at their workplace safety protocols. As a result, companies can take advantage of the fresh start that a new year brings by either auditing or upgrading their health and safety software.
Health and safety should be a new year priority
With the above in mind, here are four New Year’s resolutions that will help make a working environment less hazardous for employees:
Companies that want to address workplace hazards and risks should check out ProcessMAP’s health and safety software. Our solutions suite has allowed organizations to streamline their health and safety protocols and reduce the potential for OSHA citations. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a free demo.