WASHINGTON — The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. on Aug. 5 recognized 385 member work sites for their safety achievements in 1996.
SPI's Occupational Health and Environmental Issues Committee issues the awards annually in conjunction with its Occupational Safety and Health Administration survey.
Of the 530 work sites participating in the program, 106 reported no occupational injuries or illnesses as defined by OSHA. Another 82 sites reported no injuries with lost workdays, 85 sites reduced their lost-workdays incidence rate by 20 percent during 1995 and 112 cites had lower lost-workdays rates than the national average for their Standard Industrial Classification code for 1996.
The average industry severity rate, a measure of the injuries' and illnesses' severity, was 62.07 lost workdays per 200,000 hours worked.
Injury statistics usually are expressed as rates per 200,000 hours worked because that number represents the equivalent of 100 full-time workers.
SPI is based in Washington.