According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, “There were approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2017, which occurred at a rate of 2.8 cases per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers.” In addition, many non-work related injuries and illnesses occur each year.
How, then, is an injury or illness determined to be work-related or not?
“A qualified physician is the person who must designate an injury or illness as work-related or not,” said Jacob Hencke, a senior Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) consultant with ERI Solutions, Inc.
Hencke recommends that your company have a standing relationship with a qualified physician. In the case of an employee injury or illness that may be work-related, it is best for a representative from your company to take the employee to see that physician.
Once a determination is made by the physician, the injury or illness can be classified as work-related or non-work related on the company log.
ERI Solutions develops and maintains customizable safety programs and provides safety services for a variety of industries. We can help to ensure your company is compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and has the tools needed to operate efficiently and safely.
We believe that all incidents (excluding acts of God) are preventable, and we are passionate about turning our belief into a reality in our clients’ companies.
Contact ERI Solutions directly at (316) 927-4290 for a complimentary consultation.
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