Focus On: Four Elements of a Safety and Health Program
Last month, we wrote about the first of four elements common to all good safety & health programs: Management Commitment and Employee Involvement.
The second part in our series explains worksite analysis.
Part 2 – WORKSITE ANALYSIS
It is your organizations responsibility to know what items or processes you need to keep your workers safe. This means that it is critical that you, your management, and your executive have a process for regular worksite analysis/audits to create/amend your health and safety program for changing hazards, workplace processes or any other change that can effect your program (including regulatory changes).
Here are some actions to consider when conducting or starting a worksite analysis:
- Request a consultation visit from your local/regional Consultation Program covering both safety and health to get a full survey of the hazards that exist in your workplace and those that could develop. You can also contract for such services from expert private consultants if you prefer.
- Establish a way to get professional advice when you make changes to procedures or equipment, to ensure that the changes are not introducing new hazards into your workplace. Find ways to keep current on newly recognized hazards in your industry.
- Periodically review with employees each job, analyzing it step-by-step to see if there are any hidden hazards in the equipment or procedures.
- Set up a self-inspection system to check your hazard controls and evaluate any new hazards.
- Make sure your employees feel comfortable in alerting you or another member of management when they see things that look dangerous or out of place.
- Learn how to conduct a thorough investigation when things go wrong. This will help you develop ways to prevent recurrences.
- Review several years of injury or illness records to identify patterns that can help you devise strategies to improve your safety and health program. Periodically review several months of experience to determine if any new patterns are developing.