Why have a Safety Management Program?
In 2014, there were an average of more than 92 worker deaths every week – that’s 13 workers dying on the job every day. To help keep your company out of this statistic, make sure you are promoting safety as a part of your company’s culture and a priority in your workplace.
A thorough Safety Management program includes OSHA compliance, providing safety training for all employees, and inspecting and maintaining your Life Safety devices. The goal of this program is to keep your employees safe, your facility in compliance, and provide sleep insurance through risk mitigation.
Life Safety Inspections are required for safety devices such as sprinklers, fire alarms, pumps, fire extinguishers, kitchen suppression systems and much more. The law requires regular inspections of life safety devices as a precaution to ensure they will function properly during an emergency.
Safety training for your staff can cover topics including fire extinguisher training, CPR, and First Aid. Depending on your work environment, you may also need to train your staff on communicable diseases, child abuse and neglect recognition, or oxygen administration. Safety training, like a fire drill, prepares your staff to react appropriately during an emergency, potentially saving lives.
OSHA compliance in safety management includes having a personalized safety manual, providing ongoing safety program oversite and improvements, and providing training in accordance with OSHA standards. This branch of the program will minimize your risk should an OSHA audit occur. If you already have a comprehensive safety and health management program, you should perform a self-audit to evaluate the effectiveness of the program and determine areas that need to be improved. A comprehensive plan will include a company policy statement, safe operating procedures, facility safety inspections, comprehensive safety training manual, safety policies and procedures, OSHA compliance guidelines, management and employee safety training (OSHA 10 and 30 training), safety incentive program, record keeping, and program evaluations. You should also have an emergency plan and communicate regularly to your staff about the plans procedures and any updates.
While a Safety Management program is critical to your company, having a Safety Management staff member is not always feasible for small to mid-sized companies. Talk to your Life Safety Partner about working together on your Program. The importance of safety in your workplace cannot be underestimated. Make safety a priority to protect lives.
Posted on: February 13, 2017