You've Got To Use Your Safety Program All The Time - 11/12/2012

Safety E-QuickTips U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc. Monday, November 12, 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.
You've Got To Use Your Safety Program All The Time ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Employers have told us that one of the most difficult times to keep up their safety effort program is when they are most busy. They have said that there is so much to do and so little time that they are tempted to let some portions of their safety program slip. Is this a problem for your company? Below are some ideas that may help you not only get your safety program up and running, but keep it on track even during your busiest times. Clearly, there is no one perfect way that works for all employers to implement their safety program because each company is unique with different job responsibilities, different levels of employee skill and experience, and different specific project time and location restraints. That said, there are a number of items that must be accomplished to protect your employees from job site hazards and to protect your company from negative events, such as accidents, injuries, adverse OSHA inspections, and increased insurance (workers compensation) rates. An obvious first step for successful implementation of your safety program is to get your key personnel involved. Meet with them personally, go over your program, ensure they understand your goals, ensure they are properly trained, and, most importantly, seek their input. By making safety a team effort, and allowing your supervisors to "mentor" the employees for whom they are responsible, it not only lessens the burden on top management, it creates an atmosphere where all people within the company start thinking in terms of safety. A good second step which provides a maximum safety benefit, is easy to accomplish, and takes little time is to provide each employee with an employee handbook. The employee handbook should contain your general safety rules, and most importantly, allow for the employee to sign for it with the acknowledgement that they will work in a safe manner and report any unsafe acts and stop work until these acts or procedures are properly resolved. Third, make a conscientious effort to conduct safety meetings on a regular or as needed basis. These meetings can be held in large or small groups depending on the
circumstance. Keep them short and to the point, but always allow for safety related questions to be asked. Document these meetings and include at least the subject matter covered and who was in attendance. Fourth, perform regular and frequent jobsite inspections. This task can be greatly eased by using pre-printed inspection sheets that apply to the type of work you do. Again, document the date and location (project) of the inspection. Remember, you've got to use your safety program all the time - particularly when you're busy. You'll be surprised how such a simple effort can pay such huge dividends. Have you just received your first Safety E-QuickTip or just want to take a look at past issues? Check out past issues of Safety E-QuickTips on our website. Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!
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