Occupational Health & Safety
Occupational safety and health policies are not just aimed at the prevention
of accidents and diseases in the workplace, but cover all aspects of creating
a safe environment conducive for good health and productivity. For workers,
health and safety in the workplace is of paramount importance, and it's
an employer's duty to be sure that unnecessary risks workers are subjected
to are minimized to the greatest extent possible. Generally, occupational
health and safety polices of the federal and state governments aim to
promote physical, emotional, and mental well-being of workers.
About Unsafe Working Conditions
Unsafe or hazardous working conditions can be found both inside and outside
the workplace. Workers that face the greatest risk of danger are miners,
construction workers, refinery workers, and employees in the logging and
forestry industries. Although government regulations have dramatically
reduced the rate of
industrial accidents over the past century, injury-causing accidents continue to occur at levels
that are unacceptable. The consequences of these injuries and illnesses
extract a toll on worker health and safety, besides impacting their families
and the quality of their lives.
In 2007, close to 4 million occupational injuries and illnesses were reported
in the American workplace; out of these, 50% were serious cases that required
several days away from work. Nearly 95% of these 4 million cases were
related to accidents in the workplace, and the remaining were for illnesses
due to occupational hazards.
Occupational Safety, Illness & Disease
The causes of accidents in the workplace may not always be easily identifiable.
While defective machinery, improper safeguards, and lack of supervision
can be contributing factors in an accident, sometimes the cause may lie
in the failure of the employer to train an employee to operate or handle
the machine safely. Employers are not only required to equip the work
environment with safeguards and well-maintained machinery, but also to
ensure that workers are properly trained to safely perform their duties
and correctly handle the machinery around them.
Illnesses arising from occupational hazards are harder to detect than injuries.
That's because diseases may take a long time to manifest symptoms,
and it may take an even longer time to trace a disease to a direct cause
in the workplace. The goods-producing industry accounts for approximately
40% of occupational illnesses in the country.
Overview of the OSHA
Occupational Safety and Health Administration aims to work with employers and employees to create a safe working environment
that promotes worker health and safety. Since the agency began functioning
in 1971, the rate of industrial and
workplace accidents and illnesses has reduced dramatically. However, judging from the fact
that four million workers continue to be injured or fall ill in the performance
of their duties, more work still needs to be done to bring down the number
of preventable workplace accidents and occupational illnesses that occur
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