Safety Program Development
The main goal of safety and health programs is to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths, as well as the suffering and financial hardship these events can cause for workers, their families, and employers.
Employers will find that developing a safety and health management program also brings other benefits. The renewed or enhanced commitment to safety and health and the cooperative atmosphere between management and workers have resulted in:
- Lower accident rates resulting in lower workers' compensation insurance costs.
- Lower absenteeism
- Increased retention
- Improvements in product, process, and service quality
- Better workplace morale
- Improved recruitment
- A more favorable image and reputation (among customers, suppliers, and the community)
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Core Elements of the Safety and Health Program Management
- Top management demonstrates its commitment to continuous improvement in safety and health, communicates that commitment to workers, and sets program expectations and responsibilities.
- Managers at all levels make safety and health a core organizational value, establish safety and health goals and objectives, provide adequate resources and support for the program, and set a good example.
- Workers and their representatives are involved in all aspects of the program—including setting goals, identifying and reporting hazards, investigating incidents, and tracking
- All workers, including contractors and temporary workers, understand their roles and responsibilities under the program and what they need to do to eectively carry them out.
- Workers are encouraged and have means to communicate openly with management and to report safety and health concerns without fear of retaliation.
- Any potential barriers or obstacles to worker participation in the program (for example, language, lack of information, or disincentives) are removed or addressed.
Hazard Identification and Assessment
- Procedures are put in place to continually identify workplace hazards and evaluate risks.
- An initial assessment of existing hazards and control measures is followed by periodic inspections and reassessments to identify new hazards.
Hazard Prevention and Control
- Employers and workers cooperate to identify and select options for eliminating, preventing, or controlling workplace hazards.
- A plan is developed that ensures controls are implemented, interim protection is provided, progress is tracked, and the eectiveness of controls is verified.
Education and Training
- All workers are trained to understand how the program works and how to carry out the responsibilities assigned to them under the program.
- All workers are trained to recognize workplace hazards and to understand the control measures that have been implemented.
Program Evaluation and Improvement
- Control measures are periodically evaluated for eectiveness.
- Processes are established to monitor program performance, verify program implementation, identify program deficiencies and opportunities for improvement, and take actions necessary to improve the program and overall safety and health performance.
Coordination and Communication on Multiemployer Worksites
- The host employer and all contract employers coordinate on work planning and scheduling to identify and resolve any conflicts that could impact safety or health.
- Workers from both the host and contract employer are informed about the hazards present at the worksite and the hazards that work of the contract employer may create on site.