Monday, July 02, 2007

Georgia Tech creates program to improve workplace safety

Because there are so many unknown and unusual hazards surrounding different occupations, Georgia Tech developed a consultation program that provides technical expertise and training to help Georgia companies create safe environments for their workers. The program is funded by the OSHA and is free to companies with less than 250 workers.

In 2005, 3,838 serious hazards were identified in over 350 companies. By the program's consultants finding these hazards, employers saved $3.8 million in potential penalties from the OSHA.

Georgia Tech's consultation program serves a variety of different companies including food processors, construction companies and nursing homes. Consultants evaluate safety programs already in place and help strengthen them as well as focus on three areas: safety issues, like fire protection, emergency response, electrical safety and machine guarding, fall protection and machine hazards; health hazards, including exposure to chemicals, noise and blood-borne pathogens; and ergonomic problems that can cause musculoskeletal disorders.

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