OSHA recently launched a new Regional Emphasis Program in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska that focuses on high-hazard manufacturing industries where injury and illness rates exceed the average for the private sector. More than 340 workers died in fatal manufacturing incidents nationwide in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The emphasis program includes manufacturers of food, furniture, fabricated metal, machinery, nonmetallic mineral, and computer products, and is effective through Sept. 30, 2016, unless extended.
Regional and local emphasis programs are enforcement strategies designed to address high-risk industries. The programs include education and prevention outreach activities to share safety and health information with employers, associations and workers. Read the news release for additional information.