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Testing and Training
Worker deaths in America are down–on average, from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2015.-OSHA
During the 70’s Americas workforce was facing dangerous and unfair work practices. As the international competition increased, so did the amount of unsafe work environments. For employers who were battling declining profits, working their employees harder seemed like a reasonable solution. What was increasing productivity to employers translated into diminishing and horrendous working conditions for workers.
In 1970, William A. Steiger who was a member of the United States House of representatives stated, “In the last 25 years, more than 400,000 Americans were killed by work-related accidents and disease, and close to 50 million more suffered disabling injuries on the job. Not only has this resulted in incalculable pain and suffering for workers and their families, but such injuries have cost billions of dollars in lost wages and production.”
Workers across the Nation demanded change, and thus the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was established. OSHA states that their main objectives are to, “develop workplace standards, conduct inspections to assess compliance with them, and issue citations and imposes penalties for noncompliance.” Since OSHA’s founding, workplace fatalities have been reduced by 60% and occupational injury and illness rates by 40%.
The importance of safety in the workforce was as critical then as it is now. Employers are responsible for properly training and equipping their workforce to be able to perform daily duties both safely and effectively. A properly trained workforce does not only reduce deaths and injuries, but increases job satisfaction and productivity.
When it comes to training, Origin’s Learning Management System allows you to provide virtual education, exams, certifications, and compliance content for developing employees and certifying contractors. The OriginONE platform is customized to your company’s industry and encompasses all your specific workforce verification needs. Whether an employee needs training, drug testing, or background screening, Origin can mandate each process while giving transparency to both the employee and employer.
Do your part as an employer by ensuring your employees are safe by having every individual properly trained and certified. The benefit of conducting safe business practices starts with training and directly affects your businesses reputation and success. With Origin, you will be able to manage your workforce effectively and ensure that every employee is eligible to work every day.