Safety and OSHA News

Workers’ comp insurer opposes OSHA position on safety incentive programs

A provider of workers’ compensation insurance is challenging OSHA’s assertion that safety incentive programs that reward low injury rates discourage employees from reporting when they’re hurt on the job.  [Read more…]

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OSHA tells its inspectors to look out for safety incentive programs

OSHA is telling its investigators: During inspections, watch for workplace policies and practices that could discourage workers from reporting injuries, which could be a violation of whistleblower and recordkeeping rules. Among the policies they’re told to look for: certain types of safety incentive programs. [Read more…]

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Business group supports OSHA’s position on incentive programs

OSHA administrator David Michaels says safety incentive programs based primarily on injury numbers often discourage employees from reporting injuries. Now Michaels has more support for that position. [Read more…]

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Are safety incentive programs now red flags for OSHA inspectors?

It’s long been a subject of debate among safety pros: Do safety incentive programs reduce injuries, or do they encourage workers not to report when they get hurt? It seems OSHA has weighed in on the issue, buried within a directive for its inspectors. [Read more…]

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