Thousands Worldwide to Promote Making Workplaces Safer During North American Occupational Safety and Health Week This May 4-10

Apr 29, 2008, 01:00 ET from American Society of Safety Engineers

    DES PLAINES, Ill., April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During the
 annual North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) this May
 4 - 10, American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) occupational safety,
 health and environmental (SH&E) professional members, the U.S. Occupational
 Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Canadian Society of Safety
 Engineering (CSSE), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
 - Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, the American Red Cross,
 72 corporations and associations representing all industries, 150,000+
 businesses and millions of people will provide tools, best practices and
 solutions on how to increase workplace safety.
     Due to the efforts of many, millions of people go to and return home
 safely from work every day. However, in the U.S. alone, 5,840 workers died
 from on-the-job injuries in 2006 and millions more suffered workplace
 injuries and illnesses. These can be prevented.
     Workplaces are safer than they were decades before the 1971 passage of
 the Occupational Safety and Health Act, yet accidents continue. To protect
 workers, communities and employers, the 32,000 ASSE SH&E members work day
 in and day out identifying hazards and implementing safety and health
 advances in all industries and at all workplaces The goal is to reduce and
 prevent workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. Businesses who have
 adopted safety into their core business strategy continue to see how it
 contributes positively not only to their bottom line, but also to the
 company's brand and reputation, and employee and vendor morale. Workplace
 safety contributes to a reduction in health insurance and workers
 compensation costs and provides a safe working environment for employees
 and the community in which they do business. Society as a whole benefits
 when there are fewer accidents and on-the-job injuries.
     Safety is also good business. Today businesses spend about $170 billion
 a year on costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses. It is
 estimated that U.S. employers pay almost $1 billion a week to injured
 employees and their medical care providers. Tragically, families, friends,
 and co-workers of victims of on-the-job accidents suffer intangible losses
 and grief that last a lifetime.
     Society has long recognized a safe and healthy workplace positively
 impacts employee morale, health, and productivity and a recent Goldman
 Sachs JBWere study showed a financial link. The study found links between
 workplace safety and health factors and investment performance. It found
 that companies who did not adequately manage workplace safety and health
 issues underperformed those who did -- suggesting that workplace safety and
 health factors have potentially greater effectiveness at identifying
 underperforming stocks.
     During NAOSH Week and on the May 7 Occupational Safety and Health
 Professional Day (OSHP), ASSE members and NAOSH supporters will distribute
 best practices and safety information aimed at increasing workplace safety.
 Through OSHA's Alliance Program, more than 40 alliance partners including
 the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the Dow Chemical
 Company and Abbott are supporting NAOSH Week. In Washington, D.C., the
 national kick-off events take place Monday, May 5 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
 at the U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Auditorium. From 12:30 -
 2:00 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol's Mansfield Room ASSE will present the sixth
 annual "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest awards (including a special FMCSA
 safety award) to children aged 5-14 who have traveled to D.C. from around
 the world. The event continues from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. when ASSE will hold a
 family activity for the ASSE poster contest entrants at the National
 Gallery of Art, in celebration of their creativity and how they best
 illustrated being safe at work in their posters.
     Hosting the D.C. events will be ASSE President Michael W. Thompson,
 CSP, (Houston, TX), CSSE Secretary Andrew Cooper (Ottawa, Canada), and OSHA
 Deputy Administrator Don Shalhoub joined by FMCSA Deputy Administrator
 David H. Hugel and Red Cross Senior Vice President Scott Conner. WWII
 Veteran Nevin Price, of the 9th Army Air Corps, 397th Bomb Group
 (Baltimore, MD), will attend along with the winners of the 6th annual ASSE
 "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest from the U.S., Canada and Kuwait and the
 "Be Ready. Be Buckled" poster contest winner.
     Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and
 oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting
 people, property and the environment. It has more than 32,000 occupational
 safety, health and environmental professional members. For NAOSH
 information/list of supporters, visit

SOURCE American Society of Safety Engineers