American Society of Safety Engineers' President Comments on 2006 U.S. Workplace Injury and Illness Rates

Oct 19, 2007, 01:00 ET from American Society of Safety Engineers

    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
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