An effective safety program instilled in a work environment can go a long way. Management’s involvement is key to creating an effective program. It is important to have a safety program because it reduces the extent and severity of work related injuries, improves employees morale and productivity, and over all reduces the costs of workers compensation. Some elements of an effective program are:
- Management commitment and employee involvement.
- Work site analysis.
- Hazard prevention and control.
- Safety and health training.
- regularly inspections of control hazards.
- orient and train all employees to eliminate or avoid hazards.
A good program goes beyond specific requirements of the law to address all hazards. Also, remember to review program operations at least annually to evaluate, identify deficiencies, and revise as needed.