How to Increase OSHA Compliance Safety Programs – Part II | Allegiance
October 23, 2017 | Staffing Blog
Many states have their own occupational health and safety agency with localized regulations and requirements. When in doubt, it’s best to follow the state or federal regulation that is stricter. OSHA offers a map and links to state programs here. This article will discuss how to enhance OSHA compliance through safety committees, investigations and walk-throughs.
Safety programs generally need a safety committee that is made up of both hourly employees and management from different departments. Ideally, a safety officer or supervisor will spearhead the safety committee. However, a proactive employee can be elected to coordinate activities and communication between management and employees. Safety committees can be involved with internal audits, updating safety procedures and maintaining OSHA compliance.
Whenever an accident or near-miss occurs, there should be a succinct investigation that identifies work hazards, training gaps and communication errors. Investigations may be treated as useful opportunities for safety training, worker development and continuous improvement. Safety investigation knowledge can be built through periodic inspections. For example, some organizations involve safety committee members in accident and near-miss interviews and investigations.
Many organizations have safety committee members conduct monthly inspections of medical kits, fire extinguishers and other emergency equipment like emergency eye wash stations. This may involve supervisors, maintenance and regular employees. Internal safety inspections are an excellent way to teach workers about chronic variables, potential safety issues and worker awareness challenges. Many organizations create maps and checklists that document the location and description of the emergency equipment.
The best way to ensure OSHA compliance is through due diligence and the support of business expertswho know the industry’s best practices. Part three will cover the safety practices of risk mapping, mandatory PPE and preventative ergonomics.
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