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OSHA to Discuss Injury and Illness Prevention Program

In an update to its Spring Regulatory Agenda, stakeholders in OSHA will discuss rule making for employers to implement Injury and Illness Prevention in their meetings beginning June 2010. The Injury and Illness Prevention Program will provide employers the tools necessary to find and fix workplace safety and health hazards while enhancing worker’s voice and participation in the program.

Cited from the news release, the benefits of the Program include the facts:

  • There are more than 5,000 workplace fatalities and about 3.5 million workplace injuries every year as well as many workplace illnesses caused by exposure to common chemical, physical, and biological agents.
  • OSHA believes that an injury and illness prevention program is a universal intervention that can be used in a wide spectrum of workplaces to dramatically reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries.
  • Such programs have been shown to be effective in many workplaces in the United States and internationally.

To read more about the Injury and Illness Prevention Program, read the news release here.

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