January 24, 2017
CONTACT: Eric Olsen
Public Information Officer
Office: (801) 530-6918
Salt Lake City - Public sector employees account for more than 15% of Utah’s workforce, however, a small percentage of occupational safety and health inspections have been conducted by the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Division (UOSH) at public sector worksites. The overall injury and illness incidence rate for public sector employees, provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, was 3.6 in 2016 per 100 full-time workers which was higher than the overall injury and illness incidence rate of 2.9 per 100 full-time workers for private sector employees during the same year. An increase in public sector inspections by UOSH will aid employers in identifying and eliminating serious hazards to which public sector employees may be exposed.
UOSH has identified entities within the public sector that are likely to contain operations where workers may be exposed to serious hazards due to the nature of the operation. Such hazards include, but are not limited to, falls from elevations, caught-in or between, struck-by, electrocution and exposures to chemical substances. Public sector entities identified under this Local Emphasis Program (LEP) were selected for inspection using an established randomized method.
Additionally, the Utah Labor Commission and UOSH will commit a number of resources to address this issue, including enforcement, outreach, training, and onsite consultation.
Public sector entities may request assistance from UOSH Consultation and Education Services. For further information, refer to CSP 02-00-003, Consultation Policies and Procedures Manual, November 19, 2015, and 29 CFR 1908, Consultation Agreements.