All Employees Should Be Provided Continued Awareness of Hazards In the Workplace - 05/21/2018

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U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.

Monday, May 21, 2018

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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.

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All Employees Should Be Provided Continued Awareness of Hazards In the Workplace...

Last week we started our review of a simple 4 step plan to establish and implement your company safety program so that you can protect three of your most valuable assets: employees, company reputation and profits.

We started with establishing safety policies and procedures and today we’re going to continue with how to effectively communicate the policies and procedures to your employees.

If you missed last week’s Safety E-QuickTip you can check it out by clicking on the link.

Here are the 4 steps again so they are fresh in your mind:

  1. Establish company safety policies and procedures
  2. Effectively communicate the policies and procedures to your employees
  3. Perform regular and frequent jobsite safety inspections
  4. Employ consistent enforcement procedures

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.

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 are capable of working 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.Certain training topics, like Bloodborne Pathogens and Forklifts, require refresher training at established intervals.

All employees should be provided continued awareness of hazards in the workplace on a regular basis. This can be accomplished with 5-10 minute safety meetings.

And last but not least, always remember to document any training you provide to your employees!

Next week we’re going to talk about performing regular and frequent jobsite safety inspections, but until then, if you aren’t already putting on regularly scheduled safety meetings, why not give it a try? It only takes 5-10 minutes.

If you have questions about how to effectively communicate the policies and procedures to your employees, contact me by email at keith@uscompliancesystems.com or give me a call at 1-888-475-5353.

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Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!

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U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Phone: 1-888-475-5353
Fax: 1-888-925-5353
Website: www.uscompliancesystems.com
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If you have just received your first Safety E-QuickTip or just want to take a look at past issues, check out our Safety E-QuickTips Archive Page on our website.

If you know of someone or a company that might benefit from receiving Safety E-QuickTips, please take a moment to share this with them so they can sign-up today.

Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!

Contact Information

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U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Phone: 1-888-475-5353
Fax: 1-888-925-5353
Website: www.uscompliancesystems.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Receive Safety E-Quick Tips First Thing Monday Morning 4:30 EST

Quick Links...
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Customized Online Safety Programs
Online 1 Hour Safety Training
Workplace Safety Posters