How our Manufacturing Clients Lowered OSHA Recordable Rates up to 76%
Preventing common and costly OSHA recordable injuries is a top priority for manufacturing companies. Premise Health reduced OSHA recordables for manufacturing clients within our book of business through a comprehensive occupational health offering and an approach rooted in the philosophies of Total Worker Health®.
No matter the product, manufacturing industries of all kinds face similar challenges when it comes to reducing OSHA recordables.
- Aging Workforces – With the baby boomer generation (born 1946 – 1964) working longer into their lifetimes1 , older workers are more prone to injuries on the job.
- Shift Work – Night shift workers may experience sleep problems that contribute to obesity or hypertension, misuse stimulants to stay awake, and contribute to presenteeism – being physically at work, but not actually productive.
- 24/7 Operation – Many manufacturing sites operate 24/7, meaning when injuries happen after-hours employees must turn to emergency rooms for all injuries, rather than receive more conservative care.
- Exposure and Respiratory Protection – Depending on the type of manufacturing setting, employees are at risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals and face the challenge of properly fitted respiratory protection and PPE.
According to the National Safety Council, the cost per medically consulted injury in 2020 was $44,0002, so an injury rate that’s over 76% lower than the industry standard means big time savings for employers.
To protect worker safety and reduce costly OSHA recordable injuries, manufacturing employers partnered with Premise to provide comprehensive occupational health to their populations. With a focus on preventing injuries before they have a chance to happen, our providers address worker safety from start to finish including medical surveillance, ergonomics, industrial stretch programs, and conservative OSHA first aid care when appropriate. Our Total Worker Health® approach also helps our providers address issues outside of the workplace, like sleep problems, that could be contributing to on-the-job injuries.
A study of Premise Health clients in the manufacturing industry found that those who partnered with Premise had recordable rates that were consistently lower than industry benchmarks3 in their first five years of operation.
- Machinery manufacturing: up to 76% lower rate than industry benchmarks
- Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing: up to 42% lower rates than industry benchmarks
- Merchant wholesalers, durable goods: up to 59% lower rates than industry benchmarks
These results show the impact of a comprehensive, preventive occupational health partner using a Total Worker Health® approach delivered through Premise Health.
This study leveraged the Bureau of Labor Statistics Quartile Datasets of total OSHA recordable cases by industry3 to create industry standard benchmarks of OSHA recordable rates per 100 employees. Employers were analyzed through their first five years of operation with Premise, with go-live dates ranging from 1999-2016.
1 Pew Research Center https://www.pewresearch.org/facttank/2019/07/24/baby-boomers-us-labor-force/
2 National Safety Council https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/work/costs/work-injury-costs/
3 Industry Benchmark Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics https://www. bls.gov/iif/oshsum.htm