Sound Like Something That Could Work For You? - 02/04/2019
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, February 4, 2019
Sound Like Something That Could Work For You?
Last week we determined that by using our common sense we can quickly and easily provide employees a safe workplace free of recognizable hazards.
We also determined that the 4 steps we use to help us meet workplace safety and compliance is no more than a common-sense approach.
We started with Step 1 – Establishing Policies and Procedures the meet OSHA Requirements and determined when it comes to using one’s common sense these policies and procedures are the basis for using good, sound and prudent judgement.
Today we’re going to see how Step 2 - Effectively Communicating your Company's Safety Policies and Procedures to your employees fits in with a common-sense approach to workplace safety.
Communicating your safety policies and procedures is, for all practical purposes, training. When you provide training for your employees, you provide them with awareness of the hazards to which they may be exposed.By providing your employees with an awareness of hazards, you’re training them to use good judgment in making decisions and to live in a reasonable and safe way.
Sounds a lot like Cambridge Dictionary’s definition of common sense.
Let’s look at training in a little more detail.
Why is training [communicating] so important?
- You cannot expect your employees to work in an acceptably safe manner without training. Failure to work in a safe manner may result in potentially serious accidents and injuries, as well as the loss of time, money, and tragically, employees.
- It is required by OSHA. Failure to provide training can result in costly OSHA citations.
Who needs what type of training?
- Supervisors must be trained within their areas of responsibility. They must be able to recognize jobsite hazards and understand how to correct them. They should be able to provide on the job training or, at a minimum, be able to correct unsafe jobsite behaviors. This level of training generally allows the supervisor as a "competent person" to authorize work to stop if an uncorrectable hazard exists.
- All other employees must be trained to perform their jobsite tasks in a safe manner. They also should be trained in reasonably foreseeable hazards that are common at your worksite.
When do you need to train your employees?
- New employees need to be trained before they start work to ensure they can work in a safe manner. This is often referred to as new hire safety orientation.
- Existing employees should be trained before they are exposed to new hazards or when you find they are working in an unsafe manner.
- Employees also need continued awareness of hazards in the workplace on a regular basis and this can be accomplished through quick 5-10 minute Safety Meetings, provided on a regular basis.
- OSHA requires training at set intervals for certain topics, like Bloodborne Pathogens and Forklifts.
We’ve now looked at two steps that, when implemented, will simply provide you a quicker, easier way to meet workplace safety and compliance.
Sound like something that could work for you?
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