Employees in the meat processing industry in Nebraska are among the most likely to be injured or become sick on the job in the United States. In 2014 alone, 7.5 percent of meat processing workers experienced recordable injuries or illness. In response to this rising trend, OSHA launched a Local Emphasis Program in Nebraska focused on the meat processing industry. This Local Emphasis Program will concentrate education and enforcement efforts on common hazards in the meat processing industry. These hazards include musculoskeletal and repetitive motion injuries, machine guarding, control of hazardous energy, and process safety management.
"The local emphasis program on the meat processing industry provides outreach and education to assist employers to eliminate hazardous working conditions," said Jeff Funke, OSHA area director in Omaha. "Workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths are always preventable when employers implement a safety and health program focused on hazard identification, corrective actions, and employee training."
As you can see from this Local Emphasis Program, OSHA is constantly searching for high-risk industries to increase education and enforcement to protect employees. As such, it is imperative you constantly keep your occupational safety and health policies and procedures up to date and effective, to ensure you are prepared for any changes. And if you are in the meat processing industry in Nebraska, it is critically important you contact a third party occupational safety and health third party auditing firm to assist in updating your policies and procedures before the random site audits begin.
If you have any questions about how this local emphasis program impacts your business or to get information on third party occupational safety and health auditing services, please contact us. If you have anything to add about this local emphasis program or the dangers of the meat processing industry, please leave a comment.