Did you know that workplace accidents and injuries alone kill about 4,500 people a year? And not surprisingly, it costs U.S. businesses billions of dollars.
The Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Ryals School of Public Health is one of 17 national academic research and teaching centers set up by the very legislation that created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the year 1971. The center offers graduate-level courses on how to prevent, identify and fix different workplace hazards and has already come in handy across the States.
Johns Hopkins University, Harvard, the University of South Florida and the University of Washington are also on board with this and working towards better workplace safety awareness.
Students at these centers and schools will learn about workplace hazards, different physical hazards, and even stress factors. We’ve come to realize that the ever-aging workforce is a very critical component and is changing the way we look at workplace hazards.
Of course, the OSHA can’t be everywhere. There are companies and workers who do a pretty good job staying on their toes about workplace hazards and safety, but the point is to work beyond what is required by OSHA. This isn’t just about saving money and raising a little awareness. This is about shaping the culture that surrounds workplace safety.