OSHA, Insurance Industry Launch Risk Management Program

Oct. 23, 2000
OSHA and the insurance industry are collaborating to provide\r\ntraining for small businesses to help them lower workers'\r\ncompensation costs.

OSHA and the insurance industry are collaborating to provide training for small businesses to help them create a safe work environment, encourage high productivity and lower workers'' compensation costs.

A series of free pilot workshops, "Safety at Work: Risk Management Techniques for Small Businesses" will launch the joint venture.

The first workshop will be offered Thursday, Oct. 26, in Erie, Pa.

The workshops will be geared toward small business owners or managers with fewer than 100 employees or companies that do not have a full-time safety professional or risk manager on staff.

"OSHA is pleased to launch this joint effort with insurance companies to reach out to small business owners interested in information and guidance to help them reduce workplace injuries and decrease workers'' compensation costs," said OSHA Administrator Charles Jeffress. "These workshops will help answer small business owners'' questions and offer the extensive resources of OSHA and the insurance industry to help manage workplace safety and health."

Sponsors include the National Association of Independent Insurers (NAII) and other trade groups.

Insurance companies currently participating in this first workshop include: Erie Insurance Group, American Contractors Insurance Group, CNA Insurance, Harleysville Group and Clarendon Insurance.

Future workshops may focus on ergonomics, recordkeeping and slip-and-fall protection. Additional topics will be added to meet the needs of participating small business owners.

For details about the workshop, contact John Stranahan at (814) 833-1999.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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