The Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for FY 2012
1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) Total violations: 7,250
2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) Total violations: 4,696
3. Scaffolding (1926.451) Total violations: 3,814
4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) Total violations: 2,371
5. Ladders (1926.1053) Total violations: 2,310
6. Machine Guarding (1910.212) Total violations: 2,097
7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) Total violations: 1,993
8. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) Total violations: 1,744
9. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) Total violations: 1,572
10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) Total violations: 1,332
Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2011 preliminary National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries announced
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the preliminary results of
its National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Findings show that
the number of fatal work injuries in 2011 was slightly lower than final
results from 2010. Last year, 4,609 workers died from work-related
injuries, down from a final count of 4,690 in 2010. The rate of fatal
work injury for U.S. workers in 2011 was 3.5 per 100,000 full-time
equivalent (FTE) workers, as compared to a final rate of 3.6 per
100,000 for 2010. Final 2011 data from the CFOI program will be
released in spring 2013.
Secretary of Labor Hilda
L. Solis issued the following statement in response to the census:
"Today's report shows a decline in the number of workplace fatalities.
It's a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done. We will
continue to collaborate with employers, workers, labor leaders, and
safety and health professionals to ensure that every American who
clocks in for a shift can make it home safe and sound at the end of the
day. On average, 13 workers lose their lives each and every day, and
that loss ripples throughout their communities. Children, parents,
brothers, sisters and neighbors all bear an enormous burden when a
loved one dies on the job."
Read the Secretary's full statement. For more information on the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, see the BLS press release.
10 Tips to Measure Training ROI
If you can’t prove a
return on your training program – real learning that is adopted and
applied -- then you run the risk of having it cut back or even losing
it. You may think that measuring ROI is hard. However, if you follow
these fast, hard rules, you’ll be on your way to proving your learning
program has measurable impact.
1. You don’t need to go
overboard in calculating ROI. You only need to prove beyond a
reasonable doubt that your program is cost justified.
2. Shift your
thinking from a quality mindset to an impact and results mindset. ROI
is more than a calculation; it’s a way of thinking. Learning
professionals often focus on the quality of their training rather than
the impact of the learning, assuming that quality leads to learning and
learning leads to impact. While quality is important, it doesn’t go
nearly far enough in proving that training positively impacts the
3. Calculate ROI
continuously so you always know how much benefit your program is
generating. There are two ways to waste training dollars – train people
who don’t need it or train people who don’t use it. Neither of
these things has to happen in your program if you have a handle on what
is working and what is not.
4. Build your case
for ROI step by step. Getting to ROI is like building a court
case. You make arguments and then present facts to support them.
Ultimately, these arguments and facts result in an obvious
conclusion—that your training program generates more value than it
5. The more data
points you have, the better. The people who matter when it comes
to making your case are typically analytical—COO and CFO types—and will
likely want an explanation as to how you reached your conclusion.
Validate your findings with as much data, from as many different
perspectives, as possible. That means the trainees’ responses
immediately after the course and a couple of months after, as well as
6. ROI isn’t just
about money. Analyze results that lead to ROI across the following four
levels of learning measurement: quality, effectiveness, job
impact and business results.
7. Be as
conservative as possible in your ROI calculations. Self-reported
scores should be factored down to compensate for bias. Additionally,
you should use the delivered job impact number reported in the
follow-up survey rather than what was predicted immediately after the
class. Often, students are very enthusiastic about the learning right
after the completion of the course, which causes bias. The follow up
survey results allow for a more true measure.
8. Know the
investment outlay. Since ROI by definition is a return on
investment, it stands to reason that it can’t be calculated without
knowing the investment itself. First, calculate the investment: class
cost added to the salary of the learners for the days within class.
Then, calculate the return: multiply the average salary by the percent
students said their work improved due to training.
9. Communicate the
story behind the numbers. When you’re discussing your program
with stakeholders, clearly state the goals of your program as you first
envisioned it, the challenges you faced and how you overcame them to
make a difference for the business.
10. Don’t be
discouraged by low ROI numbers. Low ROI can be improved. Taking a
proactive stance and a comprehensive view of job support and other
adoption practices will get your ROI numbers where they need to be and
ensure the continuation and advancement of your learning programs.
These tips are included in a new research study by ESI International,
the world's leading project management training company, Download a
free copy of “Training ROI: If Someone Asks You’ve Already Lost Your
Budget” for a step-by-step process for calculating ROI that is
practical for learning organizations to implement, and also produces
meaningful, credible information to the business. Click to download the Training ROI research paper. Or go to http://request.esi-intl.com/content/US_12May31DefendingPMO