Results from History
All of this history has resulted in the development of our modern-day safety and health approach with all of its various components and elements.
All of this history has driven our approach to OSH today and is most likely the reason that we experience fewer overall
- • Catastrophic events
- • Occupational injuries
- • Occupational illnesses
But, having OSH has had significant effects on workplace safety and health. Although employment has almost doubled, workplace fatalities have gone down by more than 65% since the inception of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). There were about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 as compared to 13 per day in 2011. Occupation injury and illness rates have also lowered noticeably. In 1972, the workforce experienced about 10.9 incidents per 100 workers as compared to fewer than 4 per 100 in 2010.
These results are why there is a more organized and professional approach to OSH today. This is why history has been an important precursor and driver of safety and health as an integral part of the business model for today's businesses and industries.
Safety and health has been legitimized as a critical mainstay in businesses' or industries' continuous striving to improve their bottom line to remain competitive and sustainable.
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