Safe + Sound Week: 10 Ways to Get your Program Started

As part of OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week, the agency has a number of resources available for download.

If you are not quite ready to implement a complete safety and health program, you can download a one-pager outlining these simple steps the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) suggests you take to get started. Once these steps are completed, your organization will have a solid base from which to take on some of the more structured actions you may want to include in your program.

  1. Establish safety & health as a core value – Tell your workers that making sure they finish the day and go home safely is the way you do business. Assure them that you will work with them to find and fix any hazards that could injure them or make them sick.
  2. Lead by example – Practice safe behaviors yourself and make safety part of your daily conversations with workers.
  3. Implement a reporting system – Develop and communicate a simple procedure for workers to report any injuries, illnesses, incidents (e.g., near misses/close calls), hazards, or safety and health concerns without fear of retaliation. Include an option for reporting hazards or concerns anonymously.
  4. Provide training – Train workers on how to identify and control hazards in the workplace, as well as report injuries, illnesses, and near misses.
  5. Conduct inspections – Inspect the workplace with workers and ask them to identify any activity, piece of equipment, or materials that concern them. Use checklists to help identify problems.
  6. Collect hazard control ideas – Ask workers for ideas on improvements and follow up on their suggestions. Provide them time during work hours, if necessary, to research solutions.
  7. Implement hazard controls – Assign workers the task of choosing, implementing and evaluating the solutions they come up with.
  8. Address emergencies – Identify foreseeable emergency scenarios and develop instructions on what to do in each case. Meet to discuss these procedures and post them in a visible location in the workplace.
  9. Seek input on workplace changes – Before making significant changes to the workplace, work organization, equipment, or materials, consult with workers to identify potential safety or health issues.
  10. Make improvements to the program – Set aside a regular time to discuss safety and health issues, with the goal of identifying ways to improve the program.
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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Global EHSQ Content Lead for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences.

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