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Chapter_4_5_Printabl - Put It In Writing A Written Safety/Health Program Chapter 4 T h e n e e d fo r a w r itte n s a fe ty a n d h e a lth p r o

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1 Put It In Writing: A Written Safety/Health Program Chapter 4 • The need for a written safety and health program has been an area or controversy for some time. Why? • Just more paperwork. • A deterrent to productivity. • Bureaucratic way of mandating safety and health on the job. • Data and information in support of a written safety and health programs for all workplaces. • Size of the operation - if small basic plan. • Part of OSHA regulations. • As the size of the operation increases the more removed the employer becomes more removed from the hands-on aspect of the worksites.
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2 • The employer must plan, set the policies, apply management principles, and assure adherence to the company’s goals in order to facilitate the efficient and effective completion of projects. Questions that need to be answered regarding managing safety and health. • What is the policy of the employer regarding safety and health on his/her projects? • What are the safety and health goals for the company? • Who is responsible for occupational safety and health? • How are supervisors and employees held accountable for job safety and health? • What are the consequences of not following the safety rules? • Are there set procedures for addressing safety and health issues that arises that arise on the jobsite? • How are hazards identified? • How are hazards controlled or prevented? • What type of safety and health training occurs? And, who is trained?
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3 Effectiveness of Safety and Health Program pg 36. • Effective Safety Program • 1. Have demonstrated commitment to job safety and health • 2. Commit budgetary resources • 3. Train new personnel • 4. Insure that supervisors are trained. • 5. Have a written safety and health program. • 6. Hold supervisors accountable for safety and health. • 7. Respond to safety complaints and investigate accidents • 8. Conduct safety audits. • Why? • A decrease in occupational incidents that result in injury, illness, or damage to property is enough reason to develop and implement a written safety and health program.
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4 Reasons For Comprehensive Safety Program • 1. Humanitarian - Safe operation of workplace is a moral obligation imposed by modern society. • Obligation includes consideration for loss of life, human pain and suffering, family suffering and hardships, etc. 2. Legal Obligation - Federal and state governments have laws charging the employer with the responsibility for safe working conditions and adequate supervision of work practices. Employers are responsible for paying the costs incurred for injuries suffered by their employees during their work activities. • 3. Economic - Prevention costs less than accidents.
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5 Logical Reasons for a Written Safety/Health Program • Provides standardization. • Clarifies misconceptions
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2011 for the course HSMB 303 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at SUNY Canton.

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Chapter_4_5_Printabl - Put It In Writing A Written Safety/Health Program Chapter 4 T h e n e e d fo r a w r itte n s a fe ty a n d h e a lth p r o

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