AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS’ PRESIDENT COMMENTS ON 2006 U.S. WORKPLACE INJURY AND ILLNESS RATES
Des Plaines, IL (October 19, 2007) —
DES PLAINES, IL (October 19, 2007) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Michael W. Thompson, CSP, of Houston, TX, applauded the apparent drop in workplace injuries and illnesses as reported recently by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for 2006 and credits, in part, the drop to the ongoing efforts and commitment of those in the occupational safety, health and environmental field.
“Occupational safety, health and environmental professionals contribute every day and night, through prevention efforts, to making a workplace injury and illness free. Smart businesses know that having and implementing ongoing effective safety processes not only contribute positively to the bottom line, but to positive employee moral, along with creating good customer, vendor and community relationships,” Thompson said. “However, we need to keep working together with employers and employees to make those numbers equal zero.”
The rate of workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry declined in 2006 for the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported October 17. Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers declined from 4.6 cases per 100 workers in 2005 to 4.4 cases in 2006.
“ASSE continues to work with our members and businesses on a daily basis in providing the most up to date best practices and standards that help increase safety in the workplace worldwide,” Thompson said. “Our members represent all industries located globally. They are the experts in this field making sure that their employees/coworkers return home from work to their families safely every day.
“We continue to do this and urge employers of all sizes to look to the many free resources available to them aimed at creating a safe and healthy workplace,” Thompson continued. “They can go to the many government web sites such as those for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and more, including ASSE’s, to garner information that will assist them today in increasing safety in their workplace.”
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Globally, its more than 30,000 members manage, supervise and consult on safety, health and environmental issues in all industries, government, education, labor and insurance. For more information please go to www.asse.org.