Safe-Wise Consulting follows established philosophies for encouraging a culture of safety and compliance in each organization. We work with each organization to develop a plan that will help to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, encourage compliance with laws and regulations, help to reduce costs such as lost work-time and workers’ compensation premiums, engage workers, encourage increased productivity and enhance overall business operations. Core elements of a strong workplace safety program include: management leadership, worker participation, risk/hazard identification and assessment, risk/hazard prevention and control, education and training, program evaluation and improvement and communication and coordination. Our workplace safety programs follow industry standards, best practices and comply with applicable mandated and voluntary guidance established by the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), state and local regulations.
Core Program Elements
Organizational commitment to workplace safety and health begins with a workplace safety program and policy. This commitment is furthered by ongoing support and policy implementation by organizational leadership and mangers. Management provides the leadership, vision, and resources needed to implement an effective safety and health program.
Any safety and health program need the meaningful participation of workers and their representatives in order to be effective. Workers have much to gain from a successful program and the most to lose if the program fails. They also often know the most about potential hazards associated with their jobs. Successful programs tap into this knowledge base.
Hazard Identification and Assessment
One of the “root causes” of workplace injuries, illnesses, and incidents is the failure to identify or recognize risks/hazards that are present, or that could have been realistically anticipated. A critical element of any effective safety and health program is a proactive, ongoing process to identify and assess such hazards.
Education and Training
Education and training are important tools for informing workers and managers about workplace hazards and controls so they can work more safely and be more productive. Another role of education and training is to provide workers and managers with a greater understanding of the safety and health program itself, so that they can contribute to its development and implementation.
Program Evaluation and Improvement
Once a safety and health program is established, it should be evaluated initially to verify that it is being implemented as intended. After that, employers should periodically, and at least annually, step back and assess what is working and what is not, and whether the program is on track to achieve its goals. Whenever these assessments identify opportunities to improve the program, employers, managers, and supervisors—in coordination with workers—should make adjustments and monitor how well the program performs as a result. Sharing the results of monitoring and evaluation within the workplace, and celebrating successes, will help drive further improvement.
Communication and Coordination
Many organizations utilize workers in a variety of roles including regular, temporary, and seasonal employees along with contractors and subcontractors. Regardless of the worker’s role, it is important to communicate and coordinate in order to provide and maintain a safe work environment. Management, employees and other workers must communicate effectively and consider how work and safety activities can affect the safety of all. Safety is enhanced if employers establish mechanisms to coordinate their efforts and communicate effectively to afford all workers equal protection against hazards.
In addition to the core elements, our workplace safety program will also include:
Crisis Communication: a review of written plans, communication strategies and reporting procedures to ensure that a plan is in place for effectively and concisely communicating the organization’s message in time of crisis.
Emergency Preparedness: an assessment of systems in place for preparing for and responding to emergencies. This includes a review of orientations, training’s, written plans, drills and facilities.
Facility Safety & Security: an assessment to assure compliance and that safety and security protocols are in place to protect employees and workers.
Human Resource Practices: a review of current recruiting, application, contracts, onboarding, orientation, training and compliance practices for employees and workers.
Off-Site Risk Management: an assessment of systems in place for managing the risks associated with conducting programs or activities in locations other than “normal” sites; including inspections and risk transfer techniques.
Reporting and Record-keeping: a review of policies and practices for reporting incidents, “near misses” and accidents in order to ensure compliance, control outcome, review trending and provide guidance for the implementation of future prevention strategies. A review of policies and practices for recording data, encouraging regulatory compliance and maintaining logs as appropriate.
Workplace Safety Plan Elements Considered
- Back Injury Prevention
- Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control
- Communicable Disease Policy and Workplace Health Promotion
- Emergency Procedures, Egress and Evacuation Plans
- Fall Protection
- General Safety Rules
- Hazard Communication Program, Right to Know and Safety Data Sheets
- Job Hazard Analysis
- Lockout-Tagout Procedures
- Personal Protective Equipment, Respiratory Protection and Engineering Controls
- Prevention of Harassment in The Workplace
- Record-keeping and Reporting Procedures
- Safe Work Clothing
- Transportation Policy, Use of Vehicles and Distracted Driving
- Workplace Ergonomics
- Workplace Violence Prevention