Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Injuries at Work | 1 comment

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), a federal law that was passed in 1970, obliges all employers in both public and private firms to make sure that their workplace is free of any form of recognized hazards for the ensured safety and health of all their employees. A year after it was established, it paved the way for the passing of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is tasked to strictly enforce the values created under OSH Act.

A number of the goals that OSHA is specifically charged with are:

  • Implement the Act’s standards
  • Ensure safety and health in all working environments
  • Encourage and assist all states in assuring occupational safety and health
  • Provide for the evaluation, analysis, development, and approval of programs on workplace safety and health
  • Create training programs that will help increase the number and competency of occupational safety and health workers
  • Monitor job-related injuries and illnesses

Despite the laws, many employees still get injured or ill in the workplace due to poor maintenance or carelessness of people in the office (sometimes even of the victims themselves). According to the US Department of Labor, the most common causes of workplace injuries are overexertion, slipping/tripping, falling from heights, bodily reaction, falling objects, bumping against or being struck by an object, job-related road accident, getting entangled in a machine, repetitive motion and, violent acts.

On its website, the LaMarca Law Group, explain how injuries can greatly affect one’s present and future life, as well as professional growth in the company where one has chosen to enjoy work. Injuries can debilitate not only a person’s physical capabilities, but his/her chances for great professional opportunities too.

To substantially reduce the high number of workplace injuries, many companies, beginning in 1990, have turned to functional employment testing firms to help them recruit the right persons for specific job positions that needed filling. A functional or pre-employment testing firm gauges job applicants’ skills and strengths in relation to the jobs they are applying for and determines if they are really the right persons to be employed. By making sure that applicants possess the required maturity and emotional, mental and physical fitness required by the job, employers will also know the applicants’ apparent maximum functional capacity, which will help guarantee their protection against possible job-related injuries.

By accurately matching candidates’ strengths, skills, and physical and mental capabilities to the right job, pre-employment testing firms have also helped in creating a much healthier and safer working environment, as well as significantly reduce office injuries and cost in compensation claims, which is one of the biggest concerns of many companies.

One Comment

  1. 11-24-2014

    Good writing as always

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