The AEC team values workplace safety very highly. We are disturbed at the survey results below regarding lack of regard for safety equipment and precautions.
A survey by Kimberly-Clark Professional found that 89 percent of safety professionals had observed workers not wearing safety equipment when they should have been and that 29 percent said this had happened on numerous occasions.
All of the 119 survey respondents said they were responsible for purchasing, selecting or influencing the purchase or selection of PPE or industrial wiping solutions.
According to company, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective. Yet, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that, of the workers who sustained a variety of on-the-job injuries, the vast majority were not wearing PPE.
Seventy-eight percent of respondents said workplace accidents and injuries were their highest concerns. Worker compliance with safety protocols also was cited as the top workplace safety issue. Twenty-eight percent of respondents chose this, while 21 percent selected “fewer workers.” “Insufficient management support for health and safety functions” and “meeting the safety needs of an aging workforce” tied at 18 percent. Lack of funds to implement safety programs was last at 8 percent.
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