Tuesday, August 25, 1998
Contact: Jeff Ezell (202) 219-8151
OSHA PROVIDES NEW ADVISOR SOFTWARE
Businesses and workers have two new tools available to help
identify job hazards and realize the financial impact of occupational
injuries and illnesses.
The Hazard Awareness Advisor and Safety Pays are the latest
additions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's
(OSHA) line of interactive software advisors downloadable from
the agency's Web site at
Awareness Advisor is designed to help employers
and employees, especially those from small businesses without a
professional safety and health consultant, locate potential hazards
in their specific work environments. After questioning users
extensively about their activities, practices, policies, materials, and
equipment, the program narrows the list of hazards that may be
present. The software then prepares a customized report that
briefly describes the likely hazards for that particular business.
The program is not a substitute for safety and health professionals.
It is merely an introduction to hazard recognition. The need for this
advisor was brought to OSHA's attention by the National Federation
of Independent Business. Many trade associations and labor
organizations suggested improvements to early versions of the software.
OSHA now hopes to get more suggestions from the public for later versions.
software is designed to illustrate to employers the impact
occupational injuries and illnesses have on the company's bottom line.
Using data from the insurance industry, the program analyzes a lost
workday scenario selected by the user and reports the average direct
and indirect costs associated with that particular case. The software,
using the company profit margin, estimates the amount of sales necessary
to cover the costs of the incident.
An interactive DOS version of Safety Pays has been in use by OSHA
regional and state-plan offices. The Windows version is almost identical to
it, however there are some significant improvements. By using Windows
technology, the creators made the information easier to read and print.
They also added explanations of the costs the program used to
formulate its report.
Safety Pays was downloaded more than 220 times in the first day and
a half after its release. In its first 24 hours on the Web site, Hazard
Awareness Advisor was downloaded 100 times.
Other software advisors
available on OSHA's Web site are: