Once you have identified the different hazards that your organization faces and you understand the legal safety requirements for your business, you can draft a safety plan. We have already addressed the basic elements of a safety plan, but it cannot be stressed enough that managers and employees must be involved in order for a plan to be successful.
Managers are an essential part of a safety plan, and their role must be discussed. Employees need to know who to turn to with safety concerns and managers must understand their responsibilities to promote safety. This will prevent confusion and ensure that everyone understands his or her role.
Managers are responsible to provide written health and safety guidelines to all employees.
Managerial responsibility will vary according to the needs of each organization. There are, however, basic responsibilities that most managers share:
Involve employees in the program
Conduct safety surveys
Meet safety goals and objectives
Address employee concerns
Managers need employee involvement. Employees need to follow safety rules and help improve the rules and regulations when necessary. The safety plan must address employee involvement. Typically this involves the following:
Adhere to policies and procedures
Evaluate safety of personal workstation and equipment
Report unsafe work conditions
Report accidents or injuries
Follow Through with Accident Investigations
Anytime an accident happens there needs to be an investigation. The safety policy should include a section on accident investigations. Investigations need to address the following information:
Who is responsible for the investigation
How it will be investigated
The investigation itself needs to answer the following questions:
Who was injured?
Where did it happen?
What is the injury?
What caused the injury?
Which hazard is responsible?
A corrective action may be necessary, depending on the findings.
Training of Employees
Employee training should also be addressed in the plan. It is important that employees understand who will be training them and why.
Basic Training Information:
Name and title of person responsible for the training
Who will perform the training
Frequency of training
Information about training records
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Safety in the Workplace Training
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Identifying your Company Hazards
Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Workplace
Implement the Safety in the Workplace Plan