A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about an OSHA publication that highlighted the importance of an effective safety program. They have released another pamphlet, Q&A For Small Business Employers, which stresses the importance of employee health and safety as an essential part of the mission of a business. It is key to the profitability of every company.
OSHA points out that an effective health and safety process requires the buy-in of every manager and employee. It should focus on training employees and involving them in identifying and correcting workplace hazards.
The publication lists 5 key elements to an effective safety process: management leadership and employee participation, workplace analysis, hazard prevention and control, safety and health training and education, and program evaluation. Each of these elements is part of our Safety Always process.
OSHA again stresses that safety is good business. They point out an effective health and safety program can save $4 to $6 for every dollar invested. That is a nice cash savings, but it is not the best reason to implement an effective health and safety program.
We agree with OSHA when they state “As an employer, you have a duty to protect your workers from injury and illness on the job… It’s the right thing to do, and doing it right pays off in lower costs, increased productivity and higher employee morale.”
The key is doing a safety process right, and to us that means involving employees to identify safety concerns and involve their coworkers in encouraging everyone to think safety and work safely. That is why we call our program Safety Always. It does not occur just in safety meetings, during safety games, or when walking past a safety banner. We believe that effective safety takes place continuously through the work day, and this demands the participation of everyone and the visible, demonstrated commitment of management.
At CALMC, we were glad to see the steps to an effective safety program outlined by OSHA are aligned with Safety Always. In the coming weeks, we will examine each of the steps in greater detail. In the meantime, for more information about how CALMC can help you with your safety process or to get a copy of the OSHA publications we mentioned, drop us an email or call us.