250223 United Steelworkers International Union: Update on Experience with Under-reporting of Injuries and Illnesses and Strategies for Addressing On-going Problems

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 12:30 PM

James Frederick, MS , Health, Safety and Environment Department, USW, Pittsburgh, PA
Labor unions continue to be concerned about employer policies, practices and policies that discourage workers from reporting work-related injuries and illnesses. Such policies appear to be directly linked with measures employers are using to show the success or failure of health and safety primarily injury/illness rates. The Health, Safety and Environment Department of the United Steelworkers International Union recently conducted a survey of local union officers and health and safety representatives to understand the range of measures used in workplaces across economic sectors for evaluating health and safety and the effectiveness of workplace health and safety programs. This presentation will report on the results of that survey and provide a commentary on its findings and how this information relates to our concerns about current practices that discourage worker reports of injuries and illnesses.

Learning Areas:
Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
Explain and discuss continuing concerns with occupational injury and illness reporting and recording in workplaces from experience working with local unions in various workplaces.

Keywords: Occupational Health, Occupational Injury and Death

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My current work and experience with members of USW union has provided me with an opportunity to review and understand issues and concerns surrounding injury reporting.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.