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Have you experienced any? Figure 9.2: Examples of health hazard sign Source: 9.1.3 Workplace Safety Policies and Programmes Companies that are concerned with the safety of their employees should implement a safety policy and various safety programmes. A safe working environment is important for a company that places high importance on productivity and a dedicated workforce. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994, companies with more than five workers must have a safety policy. Do you think that your company have a safety policy? Now, let us look at some of the details in safety policy. Among them are: (a) A statement indicating the companyÊs commitment to having a safe and healthy working environment. (b) A person accountable for safety in the company. However, it should be clear that all employees are responsible for their own safety at the workplace. (c) Procedures to implement safe practices at workplace are clearly described. The safety policy should be made available to all employees in the company. Briefings on the contents of safety policy should be conducted so that all employees understand the importance of working safely. The employees should be clear on how the safety policy will be implemented by the company. Each
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TOPIC 9 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 241 worker should receive a copy of the safety policy. The safety policy may be reviewed from time to time to determine if it is still relevant to the companyÊs needs. What about safety programme? A safety programme covers many safety-related issues. The top management of the company should be committed to safety in their company. Only when the top management is concerned with safety, will the middle management, supervisors and workers also take safety matters seriously. Top management can indicate their seriousness on safety issues by allocating sufficient budget for safety and health equipment and activities, being chairpersons of safety committees, being involved in various safety activities and following safety rules and regulations at all times. Do you involve in any safety programme? A manager responsible for safety and a safety committee can be appointed by the top management of the company to handle operational safety issues. The safety manager should be a senior person in the company that has enough influence to make sure that a proper safety procedure is followed by all departments in the company. The chairperson of the safety committee should be a senior manager and the committee consists of representatives from various departments in the company and the trade union, if the workers belong to a union. The safety committee creates policies, rules and regulations on safety and health matters, maintain records on workplace accidents and health issues, investigate workplace accidents, plan and organise safety and health awareness campaigns, and suggest proper safety equipment to be purchased by the company. In large companies, a safety committee can be formed by each department to help the
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