Using OSHA Reports to Identify Problems

How can your Human Resource software help reduce employee injuries?  While OSHA has certain requirements that must be met to provide a safe and injury free work environment, they are not always adhered to by employees or there may just be an unforeseen accident.  If your HR software application can track all incidents and injuries for OSHA reporting, you can also use this same information to determine if there are any trends in a specific area of your company or with a specific piece of equipment or individual.

Identifying a specific department could mean several things such as:

  • Employees not operating the equipment properly
  • Debris in the work area
  • Slippery floors
  • Lack of training
  • Poor supervision
  • Lack of safety equipment use such as glasses, etc.
  • Lifting heavy objects when a fork-lift should be used

Identifying a specific piece of equipment could mean one of the following:

  • Equipment guards may be missing or extra guards needed
  • Lack of regular maintenance
  • Equipment is not performing normally

Identifying a specific employee who is continually injured may be due to:

  • Goofing off
  • Not wearing safety equipment
  • Not operating the equipment properly
  • Lack of rest (maybe they stay up and party or drink)

Running reports from your HR software and sorting it by injury, by organization level or employee will help to identify trends.  Yes, accidents do happen, but as an Owner, Manager, or Supervisor, you want to keep the injuries to unforeseen incidents and not the norm.  If you identify any problem areas, start the process to correct it as quickly as possible.

Sherry Dwyer, CPP

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