November 29, 2011 | Barb Carr

Trends in the Workplace: Safety and Health

We all benefit from safe workplaces. Employees and families have the peace of mind that a worker will return home safely each day, while employers gain greater productivity and avoid costly expenses that can come from workplace accidents.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics over the past several decades tracks the number and rate of work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.  It can help us understand who is getting hurt and what circumstances lead to those injuries.

William Wiatrowski

William Wiatrowski, Associate Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, will provide an overview of safety and health trends, and will provide a close-up look at certain populations and events on the Safety, Process Safety and Risk Management track at the 2012 Global TapRooT® Summit. Understanding these data – what data are available and how they can be used — can help to identify where to concentrate workplace safety and health resources in an effort to maintain a safe working environment.

William has headed up the BLS Office of Compensation and Working Conditions since 2005. Prior to that he was Assistant Commissioner for the BLS Occupational Safety and Health Statistics Programs and held a number of staff and supervisory positions in the BLS wage and benefit programs.

The BLS compensation and workplace safety and health programs provide comprehensive information on employee wages and benefits and serve as the nation’s public health surveillance systems for work-related fatal injuries and non-fatal injuries and illnesses.

He has received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and the History of Art from Yale University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the George Washington University. He is the author of numerous articles on employee benefits, compensation, and occupational safety and health issues and speaks on these topics before a wide variety of audiences.

If you’re interested in trends in the workplace but are planning to register for one of the seven other tracks of learning at the Summit, you can add this best practice session by simply customizing your schedule.

We hope to see you at the 2012 Global TapRooT® Summit, February 29 – March 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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