If you have a high incidence and injury rate in your shop.
15,000 workplaces were sent the letter.
Employers receiving the letter are those whose establishments are covered by Federal OSHA and reported either the highest
- “Days Away from work,”
- ” Restricted work “or
- ” job transfer injury and illness”
-(DART) rate to OSHA in a survey of 2008 injury and illness data.
Heres how the employers were selected:
For every 100 full-time workers, these 15,000 employers had 4.5 or more injuries or illnesses which resulted in days away from work, restricted work or job transfer.
The national average is 2.0.
The letter encourages employers to consider
- Hiring an outside safety and health consultant,
- Talking with their insurance carrier, or
- Contacting the workers’ compensation agency in their state for advice.
An excellent way for employers with 250 or fewer workers to address safety and health is to ask for assistance from OSHA’s on-site consultation program.
The consultation program is administered by state agencies and operated separately from OSHA’s inspection program. The service is free, and there are no fines even if problems are found.
The letter tells the employer where the OSHA consultation program in that state may be contacted.
Link to OSHA FOIA Letter Page .