In How To Create An OSHA NRCA Safety Program Part 2, we will continue to go over the factors that make up a successful safety program. As your Tampa construction lawyers, we know the importance of setting up and maintaining a safety program to keep your company running smoothly and successfully. To view the first half of this article, please visit Part 1.
1. Setting Responsibilities
Setting safety responsibilities for everyone in your company is an easy way to avoid future hazards. Every worker should understand their duties as well as the duties of those around them. Assigning duties for members of your safety committee involves giving their names, their duties in implementing and enforcing the safety program, and what the committee procedures are. The safety director’s duties should be listed, which typically include: making certain that all employees obtain a copy of of the safety program, designing a training schedule for new hires, maintaining a regular safety training schedule for all employees, and inspecting job sites for safety hazards. Superintendents and foremen duties should be detailed as well, such as: conducting safety meetings, participating in the safety committee, inspecting job sites for safety compliance, and enforcing safety rules. The duties for roofing workers, which should also be listed, include: understanding and following all safety procedures, reporting and accidents or injuries immediately, participating in training sessions, and wearing the proper safety equipment on job sites.
2. Discipline And Incentive Procedures
A safety program must lay out a clear description on what the penalties are for violating any company safety rule. Employees need to know that if they don’t follow safety procedures, they will be disciplined. They should also be aware of what the discipline procedures are, i.e. first violation results in a verbal warning, a second violation results in a written warning and so on. Incentive procedures are just as important as disciplinary procedures. Whether a behavior change, a number of days without an accident, or completing a safety training, incentive programs are a great way to reward employees for doing excellent work and keeping a safe workplace. Incentives can be gift certificates, bonuses, or anything that an employer thinks would be a desirable reward.
3. Safety Program Revisions
A safety director is typically in charge of the safety programs of a company. The safety director should stay up to date with new safety equipment and techniques, review all accident reports, receive worker complaints on current safety procedures, and inspect jobs for hazards. Because of all that is handled by a safety director, they are suited to make any safety program revisions. Any and all safety program revisions should be immediately alerted to employees.
Disclaimer: Cotney Construction Law does not provide legal counsel to the NRCA, but is a member and provides legal services to many other member companies.
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