It Can Be Quick and Easy to Implement - 07/13/2020
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, July 13, 2020
It Can Be Quick And Easy To Implement
The last couple of weeks we’ve reviewed the idea of keeping workplace safety simple, to keep your employees safe.
Last week we went over the first step, establishing company safety policies and procedures, and today we’ll wrap up by looking at the last 3 steps that will help you make that happen.
Just to make sure you remember those last 3 steps, they are:
- ·Effectively communicate your policies and procedures on safety (provide training)
- ·Perform regular and frequent worksite safety inspections
- ·Enforce safety with your employees
Effectively communicating your company's safety policies and procedures to your employees is, for all practical purposes, training. When you provide training for your employees, you provide them with awareness of how to protect themselves from the hazards to which they may be exposed.
This can be done with simple 5-10 minute safety meetings along with more extensive training for critical items, such as Hazard Communication or Confined Space Entry.
It used to be that providing the more extensive training required a company to set up in-person training, but today it’s easier than ever to get all the training your employees will need online.
The next step requires that you perform regular and frequent inspections of your workplace. Without work site inspections, it is impossible to know if your employees are working in compliance with both your policies and procedures and OSHA standards.
Under normal circumstances, a documented inspection should be conducted at least weekly.
The real purpose of frequent and regular job site inspections is to help ensure that your employees work in an environment that is free from recognized hazards.
Although you may need to make some adjustments, you can find generic safety inspection checklists online or through online safety program providers.
And lastly, you will need to enforce safety with your employees.
You need to do this for 2 reasons.
The first and most important reason is that employees don’t seem to understand the importance of workplace safety unless the company make it clear that workplace safety is important to them. And enforcement makes that perfectly clear.
The second is that it is required by OSHA and it will help protect your company from costly OSHA citations.
To help ensure your employees understand the value of safety and meet OSHA's requirements, you must establish a company enforcement program that is effective, reasonable, and clearly understood.
That will do it for today, but if you would like to learn more about these 4 simple but very effective steps, make sure you visit our Safety E-QuickTips Archive Page on our website.
Please remember, workplace safety is important – and it can be quick and easy to implement.
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Thanks for Reading and Please – Stay Healthy and Work Safe This Week!
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