Managers and employees need to work together to successfully implement a safety plan. In order for this to happen, the roles and responsibilities must be clear. Employee representatives and committees have a clear role that will help implement the safety plan, and evaluate the plan for necessary changes.
Selecting an Employee Representative
Employee representatives may also be a Union health and safety representative, if your company works with unions. The employee representative accompanies OSHA inspectors. They may also accompany the company inspectors. Employers do not choose employee representatives. The safety committee or other employees choose the representative.
Safety plans require employees to take on different roles. Safety committees are not used in all organizations, but they can be instrumental in implementing safety plans. They help educate both the employers and employees about safety. Safety committees are important to developing a safe culture, and they perform other functions.
Safety Committee Roles:
Review the safety plan
Review accident reports
Monitor for compliance
The general responsibilities of employers and employees have been addressed in the safety plan, but problems require individuals to take responsibility. For example, an inspection that results in a report that requires action should specify who the responsible party is. Managers and committee members have a great deal of responsibility, and everyday tasks, such as training, may be assigned to trusted employees who are capable of handling the task.
Having a plan in place is not enough. You need to follow through with the plan. Review your health and safety plan regularly to make sure that the necessary changes have been made, and they are effective. An action plan will help you follow through with your new safety plan.
Goals: Define your (SMART) goals for the safety plan
Responsibility: Assign different responsibilities.
Time-frame: Determine how long it should take.
Barriers: Consider barriers and how to work with them.
Communication: Determine who will communicate the progress and how often.
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Safety in the Workplace Training
Stress Management in the Workplace
Identifying your Company Hazards
Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Workplace
Writing the Safety in the Workplace Plan