An effective employee safety program serves many purposes, among them being able to assess workplace hazards and comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, and state and local laws. Because safety is a process REQUIRING complete management support and buy-in, an employer’s safety program must be equal in priority to quality control and production.
Goals of an Employee Safety Program:
- Reduces workplace hazards leading to injury or illness.
- Reduces direct and indirect costs of workplace injuries and illnesses.
- Complies with all local, state, federal, and industry-specific regulations.
- Provides OSHA-specific compliance rules and regulations.
- Protects the employer’s most valuable asset – employees.
Four Steps to Creating a Safety Program:
- Conduct an assessment.
- Set corporate and departmental goals.
- Assign roles and responsibilities.
- Create a recordkeeping structure to document injuries and/or illness.
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