In the first part of our series on creating an OSHA safety program, we delved into the initial measures that you can put into place to create a safe and compliant work environment for employees. In this part, we will discuss some of the additional parts of a successful program.
Creating an OSHA safety program enhances your business and workplace in a number of ways. Primarily, the safety and welfare of your employees is of paramount importance. If your employees don’t feel safe at work, they will be less effective in their tasks. Secondly, maintaining OSHA compliance is critical. OSHA fines for non-compliance can be well over $100,000.
Below are three more steps that can be employed to create a comprehensive safety program- one that can save money and, more importantly, an employee’s life. If you have questions about OSHA compliance, contact an OSHA lawyer at Trent Cotney P.A.
Education is a vital part of keeping employees safe. Training should focus on work procedures that promote safety and identify potential hazards. OSHA provides guidelines to follow when developing a training program. According to OSHA, training should always be conducted for new and transferred employees, when new processes, equipment or materials are being implemented, and to introduce employees to newly discovered workplace hazards.
Open Door Policy
Your employees are the first line of defense when it comes to discovering hazards. However, alerting management of potential hazards could slow down work, which they may not appreciate. Thus, your employees may not feel comfortable identifying hazards, which could lead to injuries. An open door policy must be established and encouraged, so employees feel comfortable discussing hazards with management. This act alone could not only save lives, but create a more pleasant and empowering work environment.
Create a Plan for Medical Treatment
Unfortunately, accidents may happen, even with the best OSHA safety plans in place. That’s why it’s critical to have a plan for medical emergencies as well. Staff members must have a clear understanding of what to do in an emergency, including basic first aid procedures. You must also have access to a medical center and medical personnel, if needed.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.