The United States work force is changing and the National Safety Council is concerned, according to Chairman Elect of the Council John A. Woodhall Jr.
Woodhall told a group of 250 people gathered for the 1990 annual meeting of the Utah Safety Council recently that American workers are entering the job market less prepared and with more problems than before."The problems include minimal education, language barriers, functional illiteracy, chemical dependency, poor physical health and mental health or stress disorders," he said.
Woodhall said American employers must provide assistance to workers with such problems in order to make the environment safe.
The long-time National Safety Council member emphasized a "safe environment" means safety at the workplace as well as away from it.
"There are just as many injuries and accidents away from the workplace as there are at the workplace," Woodhall said. "We can attempt to reach our work force in their activities at home, recreation and travel to make life safer for everyone."