Each year, more than 4 million employees are injured on the job, costing American businesses over $127.7 billion annually in indirect and direct costs associated with work-related injuries. Over 100 OSHA standards require some form of training aimed at reducing risk factors for injury or disease. Failure to comply with OSHA standards, including training requirements, can result in fines up to $7,000 per violation.
OSHA’s guidelines for effective safety and health programs specify the importance of employee training in reducing the risk of work-related injuries. Employee training also fulfills various mandatory OSHA requirements if the training includes a learning activity and a means of testing to determine whether the employee retained the information.
To help employers comply with OSHA training requirements, Personnel Concepts has introduced a comprehensive topic set on Back Safety.
Back disorders can develop gradually as a result of micro-trauma brought about by both repetitive activities over time or can be the product of a single traumatic event. Because of the slow and progressive onset of this internal injury, the condition is often ignored until the symptoms become acute, often resulting in disabling injury. Injuries can arise in muscle, ligament, vertebrae, and discs, either singly or in combination.
Although back injuries account for no work-related deaths, they do account for a significant amount of human suffering, loss of productivity, and economic burden on compensation systems. Back disorders are one of the leading causes of disability for people in their working years and, as of 2011, account for 33% of all worker injury and illness cases with a cost of about $50 billion annually according to NIOSH. The frequency and economic impact of back injuries and disorders on the workforce are expected to increase over the next several decades as the average age of the workforce increases and medical costs go up.
OSHA does not have a specific regulation for back safety, but training employees to lift safely is implied by its General Duty Clause.
This exclusive topic set includes a reproducible safety-training handout on back safety, an employee quiz on the topic, an attendance log, and an acknowledgment form to document your compliance efforts. Implementing workplace safety training with our comprehensive solution can prevent work-related injuries and ensure compliance with OSHA standards.
Who Needs It
All employers must comply with OSHA regulations, including mandatory training and communication requirements. (The number of OSHA standards and training requirements vary by industry and/or number of employees, but virtually every business in the U.S. is obligated to provide some form of safety training.)
Good-Faith Safety Compliance
Our Back Safety Training Topic Sheet helps you identify mandatory OSHA training requirements for your business, and provides the tools and resources needed to implement an effective training session. Additionally, documenting your safety training meetings demonstrates good faith compliance with OSHA’s general duty clause and applicable safety standards if your business is inspected by OSHA.
Prevent Costly Injuries and Illnesses
Work-related injuries cost American employers billions of dollars each year in workers’ compensation and replacement worker expenses. According to OSHA, implementing a safety and health program that includes safety meetings and employee training can reduce injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent. Our comprehensive topic set simplifies the process of implementing employee training.
Save Time and Money
Developing your own training materials can require up to 2 hours of your time per topic, while paying a third party to develop training materials can costs thousands of dollars. Our comprehensive topic set includes a pre-written training handout and quiz, saving you time and money..
- Pre-written safety training handout and quiz on the topic of Back Safety
- Subject matter includes coverage on how to try and prevent back injuries and suggestions on improving back safety in the workplace
- A quiz answer key for the program’s administrator
- An attendance log and acknowledgment form to document your meeting and training session