Despite the recent shutdown of the federal government, employment in the public sector continue to expand.
According to the Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration a new safety and health certificate program has just been launched for public sector employees.
Our Greensboro worker’s compensation lawyers have published many posts on this blog about the many inherent dangers of the workplace.
Statistics regarding the most common workplace injuries that result in fatalities are outlined in the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This report indicates the most common types of accidents include: transportation incidents, workplace violence, contact with objects and equipment, falls, exposure to harmful substances or environments, and fires and explosions.
According to the 2012 summary statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of fatal work injury is 3.2 for every 100,000 full time workers. This number is expected to rise once final results are calculated from all sources. The final numbers are expected to be released in the Spring of 2014.
The safety and health certificate offered by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration is a program including 68 hours of classroom training.
The goal of the new training program is to reduce injuries and fatalities among government workers.
The certification may be acquired in either general industry or specific to the construction industry. Individuals who choose to seek the certificate may select from a group of classes including: fall hazard awareness and recording keeping, accident investigation, safety and health management, occupational safety and health standards for construction or general industry.
In order to earn a certificate a participant must complete seven courses including three mandatory courses and some additional elective classes. The program is administered by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration Training Institute Education Centers. The Training Institute Education Centers are not for profit organizations who OSHA has given permission to conduct safety and health training.
More information regarding this certificate program is available on a dedicated website which contains a searchable course schedule, course descriptions and prerequisites and a list of authorized education centers.
Another popular but non-government resource for occupational safety training is the United Safety Council. The United Safety Council is a non-profit organization that has been in operation since 1953. The goal of the organization is to offer training to help businesses maintain work environments that are safe while keeping costs low.
Previous blog posts have discussed safety tips to avoid particular types of injuries. Although training programs offered by the government and other organizations are certainly helpful for workers it is important that all companies continue to institute their own training programs.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 makes employers responsible for providing healthful and safe work environments for their employees. Prevention of workplace injuries should be a topic important to every employer and employee in a given organization.
Contact our Carolina worker’s compensation attorneys today by calling 800-887-1965.
Contact with Object or Equipment Causes Substantial Workplace Fatalities, North Carolina Worker’s Compensation Blog, October 7, 2013.
Fatal Transportation injuries are Primary Cause of Workplace Fatalities, North Carolina Worker’s Compensation Blog, October 1, 2013.