As a responsible employer, worker safety is your top priority. When your team sets foot onto your worksite, you want them to end their shift in the same physical condition.

Keeping employees safe requires careful diligence on everyone’s part, but it starts with you. In 2016, approximately 2.9 million non-fatal injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tragically, 5,190 fatal work injuries were also reported to the BLS in 2016, serving as the third consecutive rise in annual workplace fatalities.

Staying on top of the latest safety trends can be a matter of life and death for your workers. Show them their well-being comes first by keeping up with the latest regulations, guidelines and technologies designed to protect them.

Here are three movements to put on your radar now to plan for the new year.

New OSHA Recordkeeping Rules

By now, you’re already familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new rule for tracking workplace injuries and illnesses. The rule — which requires select employers to electronically submit injury and illness data they were already required to record on their on-site OSHA Injury and Illness forms — has been in effect since January 1, 2017. In an effort to make the transition as smooth as possible, key dates on the compliance schedule have been gradually phased in. However, starting in 2019, companies with 20 to 249 employees in some high-risk industries will need to submit information from their Form 300A by March 2.


Microlearning has been on the horizon for a while but expect it to really gain steam in 2019. This nontraditional form of education allows employees to participate in training sessions that last just a few minutes, from a device of their choice. It offers many benefits, including making content more digestible, relevant and accessible. People are more likely to benefit from training when it’s not so long and intimidating.

Higher Level of Scrutiny From Candidates

The unemployment rate reached record lows in 2018, meaning job seekers can be more selective than ever. If your company doesn’t have a strong safety record, expect to have trouble attracting top talent. People want to work for a company that values their well-being and is willing to put safety ahead of profits. Therefore, the more safety precautions you have in place, the better your chances of attracting quality candidates.

There’s a lot of talented professionals in the Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan area, but tracking them down isn’t easy. Wood Staffing is committed to helping top employers like you connect with industry-leading candidates. Contact us today to learn more!

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