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March 19, 2010

OSHA Notifies Workplaces With High Injury and Illness Rates, Offers Help

OSHA has sent letters to the 15,000 workplaces with the highest rates of injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work, restricted work activities or job transfers (DART rates). Workplaces receiving notifications had DART rates more than twice the national average among all U.S. workplaces.
"Receipt of this letter means that workers in that particular establishment are being injured at a higher rate than in most other businesses of its kind in the country," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "Employers whose businesses have injury and illness rates this high need to take immediate steps to protect their workers."
The letter offered advice to help reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, including use of OSHA's safety and health consultation services. OSHA's On-Site Consultation Service offers advice to small- and medium-sized businesses, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. The no-cost service is confidential and there are no fines, even if problems are found.

Blue_Bullet_Small2 A list of employers who received the letter is available on OSHA's web site
Blue_Bullet_Small2 A list of OSHA's consultation services is available here
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