In December 2023, Amazon, the second-largest employer in the U.S. was cited by OSHA for failure to comply with several safety regulations, and allowing hazardous conditions for warehouse workers. Amazon’s infractions included failing to record and misclassifying injuries and illnesses, failing to record injuries and illnesses within the required time, and for not providing OSHA with timely injury and illness records. In addition, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations against Amazon for three of its warehouses for exposing workers to unsafe working conditions. These conditions include “ergonomic hazards” , which put workers at an increased risk for lower back injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (i.e. sprains, strains and carpal tunnel syndrome). Amazon’s strenuous warehouse conditions that require employees to lift heavy packages for long hours, and often in “awkward postures,” contribute to ergonomic hazards. For these and other infractions,
Amazon faces a total of $60,269 in proposed penalties. This retail giant has been routinely criticized by lawmakers, activist groups and its own employees for its workplace safety record.
Read more about Amazon’s infractions to workplace health and safety in this article by CNBC
It is extremely important to consider workplace heath and safety to ensure employee wellbeing and to promote a positive and productive work environment. Strict and well enforced safety measures reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, and safeguard company employees from job and environmental hazards. A safe workplace for all employees not only prevents potential human suffering, but also contributes to higher job satisfaction, increased overall morale, and reduced absenteeism. Moreover, a company with a strong focus on worker health and safety puts into practice a commitment to its staff, and promotes a positive reputation, improved efficiency, and can overall improved the company’s long term success.
One way employers can ensure safe workplace conditions for its employees, is through routine laboratory testing. Whether you are testing for workspace ergonomics, object durability, surface slip and fall risk, or safe weight distribution, routine laboratory testing can ensure equipment is up to date, materials are conducive to their environment and and so much more. Contract Laboratory can help to keep workspaces safe and employees happy!