03/23/2005

Foundation for a safe workplace

You can manage workplace safety and health just as you manage any other part of
your business if you start with a strong foundation. This states a new US
Oregon OSHA Standards and Technical Resources publication.

What does it take to achieve and maintain a safe workplace? Look at any
business that has a safe, healthful workplace and here's what you'll find:


  • Business owners and managers are as committed to workplace safety as they
    are to any other critical part of the business.
  • Supervisors and employees are held accountable for following safe work
    practices.
  • Employees are involved in the day-to-day effort to maintain a safe
    workplace.
  • Supervisors and employees know how to identify and control hazards.
  • Accidents and near misses are investigated thoroughly and their causes
    prevented from happening again.
  • Employees learn safe work practices through classroom training and hands-on
    instruction.
  • Business owners and managers evaluate their business safety goals at least
    yearly and use the evaluation to set new goals.

The brochure gives information on:


  • Laying a foundation for your workplace
  • Management commitment
  • Accountability
  • Employee involvement
  • Hazard identifi cation and control
  • Accident and incident investigation
  • Training
  • Evaluation
  • How to get your safety-and-health effort recognized
  • Tools for maintaining the foundation
  • Company safety-and-health-policy statement
  • Accident-and-incident-investigation procedure
  • Accident investigation report
  • Employee safety-and-health-concern form
  • Overexertion-symptom form
  • Checklists for maintaining the foundation

Further information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division