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02/08/2018

Printing Injuries and Illness Take a Turn for the Worse

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics

In the latest data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics covering fiscal year (FY) 2016 (October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016), the injury and illness rate per 100 full time employees has increased.

The rate of total recordable cases for printing and related support activities increased from 2.3 in FY2015 to 2.6 in FY2016. Although printing is below the 3.6 recordable cases for all manufacturing, the increase reverses the year over year decline that had been experienced in the past.

To see how your company’s injury and illness rate compares to the industry average visit www.printing.org/programs/environmental-health-safety/osha-compliance/injury-illness-reporting. (PIA login is required. Contact the Association if you need login credentials.)

This increase in conjunction with OSHA classifying the printing industry as a high hazard for amputations, means that safety is not a priority. Now more than ever, a robust safety program is vital for a compliant printing facility.

Members should contact PIA’s EHS Affairs Department at ehs@printing.org for assistance with establishing an effective safety program.

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