If You're Like Most Employees - 12/17/2012

Safety E-QuickTips
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, December 17, 2012 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Safety E-QuickTips is a weekly email designed to help Employers and Employees start their week with a short thought about safety in the workplace.
If You're Like Most Employers . . .
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Did you get your company safety program implemented in 2012?
Have you developed a company safety program that establishes your safety policies and procedures? Are you providing your employees any safety training?
How about workplace inspections - are you inspecting to make sure your employees comply with your safety policies and procedures?
And last but not least, are you enforcing safety with your employees?
If you're like most employers you've struggled with 1 or more of these OSHA requirements in the past year, so I thought we might get a little head start by reviewing the 4 OSHA requirements that - if implemented - will help protect your employees, company reputation and profits in 2013.
Today I would like to talk about how to establish your company safety policies and procedures.
Talking to employers over the years, I have heard many say that this is a very difficult and frustrating task for them. They say it's difficult to find the time to research OSHA requirements, they don't know where to start and what they should be looking for, and for those that do find information - they have a difficult time putting it together.
So let's take a moment and talk about OSHA requirements and what you need to include in your company safety program.
OSHA says you must provide your employees a workplace that is free from recognizable hazards. To support this requirement they have developed industry safety standards such as 29CFR 1926 for construction and 29CFR 1910 for general industry.
To meet these requirements you should consider including the following:
General Safety Policies and Procedures
Include items that apply to all job site situations such as fire extinguishers, first aid kits, housekeeping, etc.
Of course, your program should include some method of ensuring your employees are trained and aware of their obligation to work in a safe manner.
Workplace inspections and enforcement procedures would also apply to all workplace situations.
Workplace Specific Policies and Procedures
Here you should include items as appropriate, such as ladders, hand tools, power tools, working with machinery, electrical cords, etc. Choose safety topics based on your employees exposure.
If you are a contractor, consider hazards your employees are exposed to by performing their work and those hazards they are exposed to when working in and around other trades.
If you are in manufacturing make sure to address hazards caused by the equipment they are using on a daily basis.
Specific OSHA Required Programs
Within your safety program, you must include the topics such as those listed below if they apply to your operations:
 Bloodborne Pathogens
 Control of Hazardous Energy
 Fall Protection
 Hazard Communication
 Hearing Conservation
 Permit-Required Confined Space Entry
 Powered Industrial Trucks
 Respiratory Protection
 Scaffolds
Do not include programs you do not need. For example, if your employees are never involved in permit-required confined space entry, do not develop this program.
What should you do if you need help developing your company safety program?
Look within your company and draw on the expertise of your supervisors and other employees to assist in your safety program development.
Establish a dialogue between you and your employees to gain insight to their safety concerns. This puts you into a position to resolve them.
Review your accident and injury logs (OSHA Form 300). This will point out safety areas that must be addressed.
Look outside your company and utilize the services of a local safety consultant. This type of service is beneficial to those employers who feel they need to be walked step by step through the process.
Check with your trade associations to see if they can help. Some associations provide safety programs and services focusing on their specific trade as part of their dues.
Search the internet for safety information. This type of service is appropriate for the employer who has the time and expertise for independent research.
Contact U.S. Compliance Systems. Our clear understanding of OSHA's policies, procedures and idiosyncrasies allows employers who are frustrated and struggling with OSHA compliance to have a complete safety program. Our services are time-efficient and cost-effective.
Remember, when it comes to Real OSHA Compliance, no matter how you finally develop and implement your safety program, you must be involved. It also requires involvement from your supervisors and your employees to be effective.
If you put your company safety program together and then put it on the shelf, it will do little to protect your employees, your company reputation or profits.
Next week we'll review how to communicate (provide training for) your company safety policies and procedures to your employees.
From everyone at U.S. Compliance Systems, we want to wish you and your employees a Safe and Happy Holiday Season.
If you still have questions please feel free to send an email or give me a call. (keith@uscompliancesystems.com) 1-888-475-5353.
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Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!
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Phone: 1-888-475-5353
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Website: www.uscompliancesystems.com
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