It's Not Always About What You Know... - 09/17/2018
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, September 17, 2018
It's Not Always About What You Know...
What exactly is a better way to handle workplace safety and compliance?
For us it means a service or system that will help our clients to quickly and easily meet those requirements in a cost-effective way.
So, if that doesn’t sound like something that will work for you, I’ll make it easy by telling you to stop reading now and start looking for something that will work for you.It’s only a better way if it works for you.
Now it’s time to talk more about the 4 steps to simplifying workplace safety and compliance.
Just to refresh your memory, they are:
1.Establish safety policies and procedures that will meet OSHA, client and third-party prequalification requirements.
2.Communicate those policies and procedures to your employees.
3.Perform regular and frequent workplace safety inspections
4.Enforce your safety policies and procedures with your employees.
Let’s look at step 1.
Establishing safety policies and procedures that will meet OSHA, client and third-party prequalification requirements.
Simply put this is your company safety program, or as I like to refer to it as your company safety reference manual.
The reason I refer to it as your safety reference manual is because it would be difficult and probably impossible for everyone in your company to know all your safety policies and procedures by heart, but it is the one place they can go when they have a question.
It's not always about what you know; it’s knowing where to find the answers.
A lot of companies struggle putting together their safety program, especially smaller companies that don’t have a dedicated safety director. Often they rely on the owner, secretary or someone else in management to put one together.
Trying to put together a program that will meet OSHA, client or third-party prequalification (ISNetworld, Avetta, Browz, Etc.) requirements can even get a little overwhelming for the best safety director – but you do have options that don’t require you putting them together from scratch.
There are free safety programs that will help you meet OSHA and some client requirements (just Google it) and there a plenty of other online options that start around $50 depending on what your needs are.
Now if you need to meet tougher client or third-party prequalification safety requirements, you can still find them online, but you will find that these programs currently cost more than your standard OSHA compliant safety program.
You will find most safety programs come in two formats, word and PDF. Word formatted programs allow you to edit as much as you like.When it comes to PDF programs, some cannot be edited while others, like the ones included in our Safety Program System, have editable sections for key company information.
My point here today is you have options.With everything that has already been developed and is available online today, there is no reason for you to have to reinvent the wheel.With options starting for free you should be able to find a program that will work for you.
Just consider this question – What will be the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective for you?
If you have questions about what type of program will work for you, give us a call and we’ll let you know what we think will work best – even if it’s not our program.
Next week we’ll get into steps 2 and 3.
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