St. Louis County Board to Hear Presentation on Safety Initiatives
Categories: 2006 Press Releases |
October 16, 2006
Contact: Joe Austin, Employee Safety and Development, 218-726-2139
Presentation on Safety Savings Tomorrow
The St. Louis County Employee Safety and Development Division will make a presentation to the County Board tomorrow, October 17, 2006 regarding new cost effective safety initiatives for county employees. Division Head Joe Austin will lead the discussion with County Board members during a workshop at 10:00 AM at the Iron Range Resources office, Highway 53, Eveleth, Minnesota.
The St. Louis County Employee Safety and Development Division was created in 1997 to prevent employee injuries and county exposure as well as facilitate increased employee efficiency and customer service skills. Over the last eight years St. Louis County’s Accident/Injury rate as reported to the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) has decreased. Total OSHA reportable injuries have been reduced by more than 50%. By OHSA estimates, for every dollar that St. Louis County has spent on injury reduction, the county has saved at least five dollars. Many Safety and Development programs are now in place that will continue to reap these rewards.
Currently the Employee Safety and Development Division is working on several new programs that are likely to further impact the bottom line of St. Louis County. These include an e-learning intuitive that will decrease the costs associated with routine training that is required for many County employees; an enhancement of the St. Louis County Wellness program which is targeted toward the reduction of health insurance associated expenses through preventative measures; and the implementation of a Safe Patient Handling Program at the Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center. Phase One of the Safe Patient Handling Program has already reduced employee injuries associated with manually lifting residents by greater than 75% and contributed to a much safer environment for residents and employees.