Here Are 6 Key Elements That Need to Be In Every Company's Safety Program: - 01/14/2019
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, January 14, 2019
Here Are 6 Key Elements That Need To Be In Every Company's Safety Program:
As I mentioned in our first Safety E-QuickTip of 2019, our focus will be to provide you with simple, quick and easy ways for you to handle and meet your workplace safety and compliance requirements.
Last week we talked about the different options you have available to you when developing your safety program, that the key is to find the option that works best for you and meets your specific needs and requirements, and how to determine what option is right for you.
Today we’re going to talk a little about what really needs to be included in your safety program and why.
When I’m talking about a safety program, I am also talking about a safety plan, safety manual, HSE manual, IIPP or whatever name you’ve given your written workplace safety and compliance documents.
Whatever you call them, these are the documents you and your employees will refer to when it comes to determining your company workplace safety procedures and how you will protect your employees from hazards in the workplace.
Here are 6 key elements that should be in every company’s safety program:
- ·Company safety policies
- ·Management and employee involvement and participation
- ·Education and training
- ·Specific procedures to identify and protect employees from hazards created by the work they perform
- ·Specific procedures to identify and protect employees from hazards they may be exposed to that are created by others
- ·Controls that will be put in place to help ensure management and employee compliance with the company’s safety policies and procedures
Let’s take a look at two of the elements in particular: the specific procedures to identify and protect employees from hazards created by the work you perform AND that are created by others.
We’ve found that when companies put together a safety program they typically include procedures to protect employees from hazards created by the work they perform, but almost never include procedures to protect employees from hazards they may be exposed to that are created by others.
Why is that? Because most companies don’t understand that it’s required by OSHA and has been since 1970. Here’s what OSHA’s General Duty Clause, SEC 5 (a) (1) says.
“Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees . . .”
Do you see anywhere in the clause that says that you only must protect your employees from hazards created by the work they perform?
We are not trying to overcomplicate the process. We are just making sure you understand what you have to do to be in compliance.I can assure you that even with the often misunderstood requirement to develop specific procedures to protect your employees from the hazards created by others, we will continue to provide you simpler, quicker and easier ways to comply.
We’ll revisit the 6 Key Elements in a Safety Program next week.
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