Feb. 19, 2013
-- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011 there were 4,609 work-related fatalities. That same year recorded 2,986,500 nonfatal injuries and illnesses. Each one of these incidents, involving the health and safety of the nation’s work force, represents a person’s health or life and has enormous financial implications for industry.
Injury rates remain largely unchanged from the previous year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states, “The rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases requiring days away from work to recuperate was 117 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2011, statistically unchanged from 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The total number of private industry, state government, and local government cases with days away from work remained statistically unchanged at 1,181,290. The median days away from work--a key measure of severity of injuries and illnesses--was 8 days, the same as the previous year.”
The Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) has dedicated the last decade towards promoting the advancement of safety and health management in the workplace. One of their goals has been to educate workers and upper level managers about the importance of safety management. The ISHM also administers the Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) and Certified Safety Management Practitioner (CSMP) certifications and the Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) designation. Each of these programs helps government agencies and private industry identify highly qualified professionals to help protect the nation’s workers.
“So many workplace injuries, illnesses and even fatalities can be prevented,” reported Larry Curtis, CSHM, Executive Director of the ISHM. “The ISHM will continue its mission to promote the establishment of standards and recognition of safety and risk management professionals that ensure safe work environments. Everyone deserves to work in an environment that has safety and health management professionals working to ensure their safety.”
To learn more about the Institute for Safety and Health Management or the CSHM, ASHM and CSMP programs, please visit http://www.ISHM.org
, email info@ISHM.org or call (877) 201-4053.
About the Institute for Safety and Health Management
The Institute for Safety and Health Management is the premier credentialing organization founded to promote the establishment of standards and recognition of safety and risk management professionals. Through the ISHM’s certification programs, Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM), Associate Safety Health Manager (ASHM) and Certified Safety Management Practitioner (CSMP), it promotes the advancement of safety management through the application of management principles and the integration of safety into all levels and activities of management.