EmployerLINC Webinar: Avoiding the hazards of workplace safety programs

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of reported workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities has steadily declined over the past decade. From an employer’s perspective, it would appear that all the time and money invested in workplace safety programs is working. So why is the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) stepping up its efforts to scrutinize and criticize such programs?

Earlier this spring, OSHA See more +

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of reported workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities has steadily declined over the past decade. From an employer’s perspective, it would appear that all the time and money invested in workplace safety programs is working. So why is the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) stepping up its efforts to scrutinize and criticize such programs?

Earlier this spring, OSHA issued an official memorandum which attacks employer safety incentive policies and other practices which it believes may discourage the reporting of work-related injuries and lead to unlawful discrimination and possible retaliation against workers who do report injuries. If OSHA’s intent was to aim a shot to kill safety incentive programs then it may have hit the bullseye.

During this one-hour webinar, attorneys Roberta Fields, Chris Paul, and Nathan Whatley review the safety programs and policies targeted in OSHA’s latest memorandum, discuss the likely impact it will have on employer safety programs, and provide practical tips for improving workplace safety while avoiding undue governmental scrutiny.

Topics include:

• An overview of Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act

• Incentive programs which are likely to be targeted by OSHA inspectors

• OSHA recommendations for rewarding efforts, not achievements (every participant gets a prize?)

• How to properly discipline a worker who violates company safety rules

• How to properly discipline a worker who does not report injuries as specified by company policy

• How to evaluate the effectiveness of safety programs

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