A safe work environment should be everyone’s goal. Accordingly, all employees are encouraged to evaluate their work methods and areas for potential safety hazards and/or ideas for improving workplace safety. Employees with ideas for accident prevention should complete a safety suggestion sheet and review with their project manager and forward to the company’s Safety Coordinator for follow-up. The OSHA Job Safety & Health Protection poster will be displayed on the company’s bulletin board as a reminder to all employees of the importance of worksite safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Act is designed to ensure that your company provides safe and healthful working conditions for your employees.
What OSHA Means to Your Company
- Your Company must furnish to each employee a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to your employees.
- Your Company must comply with all occupational safety and health standards promulgated under the Act.
- Your employees must comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to the Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct.
- Your Company is required by law to display the Occupational Safety and Health Act poster (available in PDF or TXT format) in conspicuous places in all Company locations.
Your employee policies and procedures should address HR compliance issues like OSHA recordkeeping. The OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor helps employers and those responsible for organizational safety and health quickly determine:
- Whether an injury or illness is work-related;
- Whether a work-related injury or illness needs to be recorded; and
- Which provisions of the regulations apply when recording a work-related injury or illness.
To help you determine what action(s) to take, the OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor leads you through an online questionnaire. To see the OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor and questionnaire, see www.dol.gov/elaws/osharecordkeeping.htm. This Advisor is one of a series of online compliance assistance products from OSHA. The elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisor is developed by DOL to help employers and employees understand federal HR employment laws. For a complete list of elaws Advisors, visit the elaws web site at: www.dol.gov/elaws. To learn more about DOL’s occupational safety and health program, visit the OSHA web site at www.osha.gov.
Workplace Safety Procedure
The Workplace Safety Procedure provide methods for the evaluation and maintenance of a safe working environment. The workplace safety procedures ensures there are proper methods for handling injuries and define subsequent reporting requirements.
The prevention of occupationally induced injuries and illnesses is a management priority and will be given precedence in all operational matters. The company should not knowingly allow unsafe conditions to exist, or permit employees to participate in unsafe activities. The Workplace Safety Procedures apply to all employees and departments of your company. (32 page, 9362 words)
Workplace Safety Responsibilities:
The CFO (Chief Financial Officer) should examine and certify the annual summary of work-related injuries and illness report.
The Human Resources Manager should act as the company’s designated Safety Coordinator and be responsible for implementing and maintaining the company’s safety program as well as inspecting supplies in the first aid kit.
The Purchasing Agent should be responsible for obtaining and updating MSDS’s and is responsible for replenishing supplies in the first aid kit.
- Worksite Analysis
- Hazard Prevention and Control
- Hazard Communication Program
- Medical Emergencies
- Workplace Safety Training
- Reporting and Record Keeping
- Additional Information Resources
Workplace Safety Procedure Forms
- Safety Suggestion Sheet Form
- Safety Self-Inspection Checklist Form
- Workplace Safety Action Plan Form
- Workplace Safety Rules Form
- Index of Hazardous Chemicals & MSDS Form
- Material Safety Data Sheet Form
- OSHA Recording Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Forms
Related Occupational Safety and Health Act Web Links
- The Occupational and Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) home page
- OSHA Regulations
- OSHA Review Commission
- The CDC/NIOSH (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) web site
- OSHA Publications
- Gateway for Safety and Health Resources
- The National Safety Council
- Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration