Friday, June 23, 2006

Michigan Poll: No Time For Workplace Safety Education

Not enough time for safety ...

"Although previous studies show business owners rank health care insurance costs as a top reason why they have lagged in teaching their employees about workplace safety, a new poll indicates that many managers across Michigan consider "lack of time" the biggest hindrance.

In a recent EPIC-MRA survey of 700 business owners, operators and managers, 25 percent of participants said that not having enough time was "the greatest barrier" in educating their workers on staying safe. Eleven percent of participants said that high employee turnover was the biggest barrier and 7 percent of the participants each blamed availability of information and cost of training.

Thirty-eight percent of respondents said that they were undecided as to what is the biggest barrier in providing workplace safety education.

"Fewer accidents and healthier employees would mean lower insurance costs for Michigan businesses," said Ed Sarpolus, vice president of EPIC-MRA. "If the owners/managers have no focus on workplace safety and preventive health education, they cannot expect to have these healthier employees or fewer accidents."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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