Date:January 8, 2018
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Two La. businesses earn LAWorks Award for workplace safety and health management

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC) Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) OSHA/Safety Consultation Section recently announced R&R Home Care, Inc., of Mandeville, La., and Haven Nursing Center, Inc. of Columbia, La. as 2017 LAWorks Award winners. The awards were presented to each company in December.

Businesses in Louisiana are eligible to apply for participation in a free safety program aimed at making workplaces safer for employees and reducing the regulatory burden on businesses.

The LAWorks Award provides recognition and support to businesses of any size that implement and operate an exemplary safety and health management system. It is administered by workplace safety and health consultants with the LWC OSHA/Safety Consultation Section. The on-site consultation program is a free and confidential service.

Businesses that participate in LAWorks will find the award to be an effective way to improve the safety of their work environments. Reducing rates of workplace illness and injury can positively impact the bottom line in a variety of ways, including reduced workers’ compensation premiums.

To participate in LAWorks, an employer must first request a consultation visit by a safety and health consultant of the OSHA/Safety Consultation Section.

“Each business must involve its employees in the consultation process, correct any hazards, implement and maintain a safety and health management system that addresses OSHA guidelines, lower and maintain a lost workday injury and illness rate below the national average and agree to notify the OSHA/Safety Consultation Section before making any changes in working conditions or introducing new processes into their workplace. These businesses are setting the standard for innovation and creativity in safety and health. It is an incredible achievement to be selected for this award,” said Corey S. Gaines, OSHA/Safety Consultation Manager with the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Only one LAWorks Award letter of recognition is provided per company per worksite per year. The LAWorks Award can be renewed after a one-year period, provided the same conditions are met during a subsequent renewal review.

“Following approval, a formal letter of commendation and certificate will be provided recognizing management and laborers’ efforts in implementing and maintaining an effective safety and health program,” said Sheral Kellar, Director of the LWC’s OWCA.

For more information about the LAWorks Award, contact the LWC’s OSHA/Safety Consultation Section at 1-800-201-2495.

About The Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.


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