President Obama on Monday announced an initiative to strengthen workplace safety efforts for federal employees on the job.
In a July 19 memo to executive agencies, the president promised "more aggressive performance targets," instructing agencies to improve their workplace safety efforts in seven specific areas:
- Reduce total injury and illness case rates
- Reduce lost time injury and illness case rates
- Analyze lost time injury and illness data
- Increase the timely filing of workers' compensation claims
- Reduce lost production day rates
- Expedite employees' return to work in cases of serious injury or illness
In fiscal 2009, federal employees (excluding Postal Service workers) filed more than 79,000 new claims and received more than $1.6 billion in workers' comp payments.