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Posted in on Tue, Aug 29, 2006

DES PLAINES, IL (August 29, 2006) – As we celebrate the fortitude of the American Worker this Labor Day, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) suggests businesses do a companywide safety audit as part of their efforts to protect workers from on-the-job injuries and illnesses. This process helps businesses identify problems and implement suggestions proactively rather than react after an accident occurs.

“A safety audit is a tool occupational safety, health and environmental practitioners use to assess workplace hazards and risks and make recommendations for reducing these in an effort to prevent accidents, injuries and illnesses,” ASSE President Donald S. Jones, Sr., CSP, P.E., said today. “Tools are readily available for companies to use to increase workplace safety. With more than 5,000 people dying each year from on-the-job accidents and four million more suffering from workplace injuries and illnesses we must continue to work diligently to protect our workers.”

A safety audit is a n investigative process with the objective of identifying and analyzing a company’s risk, evaluating their approach to managing those risks, and proposing changes and improvements that will reduce their cost of risk. For example, an audit 1) reviews the record of accidents, injuries, and illnesses sustained by employees since the previous audit; 2) analyzes the time and money devoted to identifying and controlling hazards, to training, and to safety motivation; 3) ascertains the extent to which various levels of management are involved in accident prevention; and, 4) includes the results of a physical inspection of the premises and observations of personnel performing operations that accident records show were hazardous in the past.

“Our ASSE members strive to help their companies move beyond compliance by focusing on proactive measures rather than reactive remedial steps,” Jones continued.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. It has more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members who manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information check ASSE’s website at

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