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Rising Workplace Fatalities Show Need for Voluntary Safety Measures, Says ASSP

Monday, December 23, 2019
The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), Park Ridge, IL, urges employers to be more active in adopting voluntary national consensus standards and implementing safety and health management systems in response to newly released fatality data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS reported that 5,250 fatal work injuries occurred in 2018, a 2 percent increase from the previous year’s total of 5,147. It is the fourth time in the past five years that fatal occupational injuries increased.

“With the innovative tools available to today’s employers nationwide, it’s concerning that we’re continuing to see higher numbers of worker fatalities,” says ASSP President Diana Stegall. “Most occupational incidents are preventable given today’s technologies and proven safety and health strategies.” 

Voluntary consensus standards promote best practices and prevent worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities. While regulatory entities like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set workplace safety standards mandated by law, voluntary consensus standards provide guidelines that organizations choose to implement because of their merit.
“Voluntary national consensus standards can transform safety programs from compliance-based cost centers to corporate sustainability initiatives that save lives and positively impact the organization’s bottom line,” Stegall says.


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