"The hardworking men and women who make up Pennsylvania's workforce deserve the safest workplaces we can provide," said Gov. Edward Rendell. "Making workplaces safer for more than 1 million employees is a milestone worth celebrating as we continue working to make our workforce safe and as productive as possible."
Rendell pointed out that since 1994, state-certified workplace safety committees have helped to protect the physical health of more than 1 million employees, while boosting businesses' economic health. "I encourage employers who don't currently have state-certified workplace safety committees to become part of our next million employees covered," said Rendell
Since Rendell took office, employer participation in the state-certified workplace safety committee program has increased by 34 percent, from 5,369 in 2003 to 7,214 this year. Collectively, those 7,214 participating employers have saved more than $266 million, as a result of the 5 percent discount they receive on their annual workers' compensation insurance premiums.
Businesses interested in protecting workers and saving money can get additional information online at http://www.state.pa.us, PA keyword: workplace safety.