DES PLAINES, Ill., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American
Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Michael W. Thompson, CSP, of
Houston, TX, applauded the apparent drop in workplace injuries and
illnesses as reported recently by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for
2006 and credits, in part, the drop to the ongoing efforts and commitment
of those in the occupational safety, health and environmental field.
"Occupational safety, health and environmental professionals contribute
every day and night, through prevention efforts, to making a workplace
injury and illness free. Smart businesses know that having and implementing
ongoing effective safety processes not only contribute positively to the
bottom line, but to positive employee moral, along with creating good
customer, vendor and community relationships," Thompson said. "However, we
need to keep working together with employers and employees to make those
numbers equal zero."
The rate of workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry
declined in 2006 for the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of
Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported October 17. Nonfatal
workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers
declined from 4.6 cases per 100 workers in 2005 to 4.4 cases in 2006.
"ASSE continues to work with our members and businesses on a daily
basis in providing the most up to date best practices and standards that
help increase safety in the workplace worldwide," Thompson said. "Our
members represent all industries located globally. They are the experts in
this field making sure that their employees/coworkers return home from work
to their families safely every day.
"We continue to do this and urge employers of all sizes to look to the
many free resources available to them aimed at creating a safe and healthy
workplace," Thompson continued. "They can go to the many government web
sites such as those for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
and more, including ASSE's, to garner information that will assist them
today in increasing safety in their workplace."
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest and
largest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people,
property and the environment. Globally, its more than 30,000 members
manage, supervise and consult on safety, health and environmental issues in
all industries, government, education, labor and insurance. For more
information please go to http://www.asse.org.
SOURCE American Society of Safety Engineers