Workplace Safety in Oklahoma Receives Grade of "F"

Jul 11, 2017

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When it comes to safety in the workplace, the State of Oklahoma has been given a grade of F. The failing grade, delivered by the National Safety Council, sent shockwaves through the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.

As The Oklahoman reports, the finding received harsh criticism from State Labor Commissioner Melissa McLawhorn Houston.

The Council based the failing grade on a number of factors, including a lack of a drug-free workplace law, a lack of a workplace smoking bans, and insufficient laws to protect injured workers. The Labor Council also noted that there were no rules in place to prevent workplace violence.

Commissioner Houston disputes the ruling and says she’s written a letter to the safety council asking it to revise the failing grade. Houston noted that Oklahoma's public-sector incidence rate is lower than the national average.