Elements of a Successful Safety and Health Program
Wednesday February 19, 2014“These are great tips for starting a Work Safety Program. I can help you begin this process and follow it through with our Toolbox Talks Service.” Jo Wood | email@example.com Every business wants to do all they can to prevent injuries from occurring on the job. A serious fire, a permanent injury, or the death of an employee or owner can cause loss of profits or an entire business. To prevent such losses, you don't need to turn your business upside down. You may not have to spend a lot of money, either. You do need to use good business sense and apply recognized prevention principles. There are reasons why accidents happen; something goes wrong somewhere. It may take some investigating to determine what went wrong, but an accident always has a cause. Once you know why an accident occurred, it is possible to prevent future incidents. You will need some basic facts and perhaps some help from others. You will also need a plan to prevent accidents in the future. Not all dangers require an accident to cause harm. Worker exposure to toxic chemicals or harmful levels of noise or radiation may happen in conjunction with routine work as well as by accident. You may not realize the extent of the exposure or harm that you and your employees face. The effect may not be immediate. You need a safety and health management plan that reduces the risk of health hazard exposures and accidents. It is not difficult to develop such a plan; it should address the types of accidents and health hazard exposures that could happen in your workplace. Since each workplace is different, your program should address your specific needs and requirements. FOUR ELEMENTS OF A GOOD SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM: There are four basic elements to all good safety and health programs.
- 1. Management Commitment and Employee Involvement. The manager or management team leads the way by setting up the policy, assigning and supporting responsibility, setting a positive example and involving employees.
- 2. Worksite Analysis. The worksite is continually analyzed to identify all existing and potential hazards.
- 3. Hazard Prevention and Control. Methods to prevent or control existing or potential hazards are administered and maintained.
- 4. Training for Employees, Supervisors and Managers. Managers, supervisors and employees are trained to understand and deal with worksite hazards.