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OSHA reports on first year of new reporting requirements

The state of Minnesota has adopted federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements for reporting hospitalizations and amputations with the difference that such injuries are reported at a state rather than a federal level. OSHA instituted the requirements in hopes that they would result in employers taking more steps to make their workplaces safer. While old regulations might result in OSHA making a site visit, the new reporting requirements mean employers are looking more closely at their safety processes and how accidents can be prevented. On a federal level, OSHA says many employers are complying and are going beyond OSHA's own guidelines for workplace safety.

Avoiding workplace safety risks by asking the right questions

As businesses grow alongside an increase in demand, workplace safety becomes a bigger issue that the owners must assess. Minnesota employers must not assume that only hard labor is cause for concern because even office tasks could lead to worker injuries. There are several questions that business owners can ask their human resources team to ensure that safety guidelines remain relevant and that workers follow them.

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Every workplace has its own hazards. One of our law firm's past clients worked as a UPS delivery agent. He potentially faced a new workplace hazard with every new delivery, depending on fluctuations in the weather, changes in traffic conditions, or other variables.

Hearing loss is the most common work injury

Many Minnesota residents likely suffer from work-related hearing loss. In fact, work-related hearing loss is more common than any other work-related injury that affects workers in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that hazardous levels of work-related noise affects around 22 million workers each year.

The importance of prioritizing safety at the workplace

When employers in Minnesota and across the country strive to make safer workplaces, they show that they value the health and lives of their employees. However, some companies may not realize the importance of this issue until an employee is severely injured or killed while on the job. There are several factors that may encourage employers to be more proactive regarding workplace safety.

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