August 10-16, 2020 is OSHA’s national campaign to raise awareness for companies to be Safe and Sound at work. It encourages management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards.
Safety is best displayed by example. Safe + Sound challenges management to lead by example and show their workers that they put safety first! After this step, it’s time to get workers involved. Workers have the best knowledge of potential hazards on the job. This step is all about listening to your workers and finding a solution to any hazards they point out. The “find & fix” portion helps managers to develop a systematic approach to tackling hazards in their facility.
Some ways that management can demonstrate their commitment is:
Develop and communicate a safety and health policy statement.
Providing resources needed to implement and operate the program.
Factoring safety and health into operational planning and decisions.
Recognize and reward safety and health contributions and achievements
You can include workers participation while:
Developing an initial plan.
Reporting incidents so they can be investigated.
Analyzing hazards that are a part of routine jobs, tasks, and processes.
Conducting site inspections and new hires.
Evaluating program performance and identifying ways to improve it.
To have a systematic approach means:
Reviewing all available information about hazards that might be present.
Conducting inspections to identify new or emerging hazards.
Investigating incidents to find a root cause.
Checking that existing controls are intact and remain effective.
Keep your work Safe + Sound! If you need any assistance preparing for Safe + Sound Week, STEP would be happy to help. Contact us at (270) 753-6529 to assist in your needs.