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If you are not new to this blog, you are well aware that on occasion we will provide some quick-hit information from some brief items of interest that come across my desk. We affectionately call these blogs Safety Snippets, where two or more short items are shared in a single post.
We have had a break from these Snippets for a while, but I never want to let certain things go stale. In this installment, we’ll take a quick look at OSHA workplace incident reporting and some data regarding workplace auto accidents.
Employee Incident Reporting Memo
OSHA introduced a memo that was designed to clarify opportunities for employees to make online reports of workplace incidents and illnesses.
The memo, sent to OSHA regional directors, reminds officials to create a “reasonable process” to allow employees to make incident reports online directly to the federal agency. The goal was to allow employees who are victims or witnesses of incidents to be able to report the incidents without unreasonable burdens, and additional guidelines to ensure that employers do not retaliate or otherwise manipulate incident reports or reporting data.
The Reality of On-Duty Car Accidents
The CDC Foundation Business Pulse, affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control, published an infographic about the prevalence of car accidents among workers who are on the job while behind the wheel. The Foundation wanted to inform the public and private corporations about what it considers four great challenges when it comes to business-related road travel.
- Based on 2014 numbers, more than one-third of all work-related deaths were caused by car accidents, by far the largest percentage among known causes of fatalities.
- Those car crashes, based on 2013 numbers, cost employers $25 billion. That is for all crashes, not just those that cause death.
- Employers are asked to do a complete assessment of risks for employees who drive for their job, especially as many complex factors and variables go into crashes. These risks, from seat-belt usage to fatigue and distraction, should be considered.
- According to CDC data, it is reported that car crashes are the No. 1 risk for business travelers outside the U.S.
You can see the infographic here, which also features some specific data and suggestions that reveal each challenge and how companies may address them in the future.