Safety isn’t luck, safety involves much more!
As the Director of Risk Management for over 30 years, you can just imagine the types of safety concerns that have come across my desk. I’m still surprised to see how many managers are still unsure what their obligations are to keep their employees safe. Is this lack of training? Does OSHA not educate enough? Is it not the organization’s primary concern and it gets pushed to the side? If you think you are “off the hook” because an employee got hurt doing something they weren’t supposed to, think twice.
Safety has to start from the moment the employee is hired. It takes education, planning and a financial commitment to be sure your safety plan for your workplace will be effective. But what constitutes effective? For starters, there are 4 key elements of a good safety plan:
- Management Leadership and Employee Involvement
- Workplace Analysis
- Hazard Prevention and Control
- Safety and Health Training and Education
It does not have to be complicated but it does take planning and a commitment by management. The most successful companies that I have seen with workplace safety are those that put effort into their safety program, they live and breathe safety. In some cases it’s part of their mission statement.
A good safety plan isn’t put together overnight. Start by putting together a committee that includes management and non management level employees. Have the committee tour the workplace and analyze the hazards. Put together a plan to eliminate the hazards. Incorporate a hazard prevention program with the employees, then EDUCATE, EDUCATE, EDUCATE! Did I mention EDUCATE?
If you are unsure of the hazards and need additional help, OSHA provides a free on-site consulting visit that will help identify hazards and suggest options for correcting the hazards. The consultant will not issue a citation for items of concern (of course if you don’t correct these items you do risk future citations).
You should also reach out to your staffing organization. Do they have an experienced Safety Professional who can assist you and offer you guidance? A well-established staffing organization focuses on safety and may be an additional resource for your company.
Are you ready to begin your 4-step program to your safety plan? Start today!