Eliminating accidents and injuries is the ultimate goal of all safety programs. But to achieve this goal, safety programs must incorporate a specific accident prevention policy.
The best safety programs incorporate an accident prevention policy that covers these basic points:
- A statement of the company’s commitment to safety
- Establishment of a safety committee and an explanation of how members are selected, their responsibilities, and their authority
- An outline of the supervisor’s responsibilities—for example conducting safety and housekeeping inspections, filling out accident report forms, disciplining employees who disobey safety rules, conducting safety orientation for new workers, and ensuring that PPE is worn
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- A list of employee responsibilities that might include noting hazards and reporting them to their supervisors, offering suggestions for improving safety procedures, and adhering to all OSHA regulations and company safety rules
- A plan for accident investigation and reporting procedures
- Procedures for correcting hazards and handling injuries and emergencies
- A description of safety training and education programs for both employees and supervisors
- A description of your safety inspection procedures and copies of inspection checklists
- A description of job safety analysis measures designed to identify and eliminate problem areas
- A statement about PPE requirements
- A warning about violation of work rules and disciplinary actions
- A mention of workers’ compensation benefits and required documentation
- A list of emergency stations (first aid, eyewash, showers, etc.), locations, and use procedures
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Reduce Human Error, Prevent Accidents!
Policy is only the beginning, of course. You also have to tackle the thorny problem of human error. It’s so often the mistakes employees make that lead to accidents.
To err is human, they say, but it’s also costly when it comes to workplace safety. Studies show that upwards of 80 percent of all occupational accidents (and the loss of time and productivity that inevitably follow) are caused by human error. It’s a pretty daunting statistic, especially when you consider that it’s hard to effectively change people’s behavior.
But there are ways to go about it that can drastically reduce the toll these human errors are taking on both your workers and your safety program. We’ll tell you how on March 15.
You and your colleagues will learn:
- The various ways human error can sabotage your business: sapping productivity, endangering workers, landing your business in legal hot water, and more
- A 5-point methodology for reducing human error through employee training and skill development
- Why your current investigation practices, JHAs, and safety corrective actions are not enough—and how to use this data to uncover the root causes of incidents
- The 4 best ways to identify where and how human errors are occurring at your workplace
- How to create an effective plan that minimizes the effect of these errors
- Why it’s so hard to change human behavior—and how to get around these roadblocks to create safety-conscious behaviors and attitudes
- How to track and measure incremental improvements in your human-error reduction program
About your Speaker:
Ginette Collazo Ph.D. has spent more than 10 years in technical training, organizational development and human reliability for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Schering-Plough and Wyeth. An active researcher in specialized studies related to human reliability, she is the author of numerous publications on these topics.
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