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Safety Management

Safety is a process, and as such, needs to be managed. This section offers resources to create a viable safety program, sell it to senior management, train supervisors and employees in using it, and then track and report your progress. Look also for ways to advance your own skills in these areas, both for your current job, and those that follow.

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Use Near Misses to Get Supervisors and Workers Thinking About Safety

When there’s a near miss, how do you view it? Do you view it as a lucky break? Or, do you view it as a golden opportunity? If you’re not taking the latter view, you may be missing your chance to get everyone on the same safety page.


Use Near Misses to Get Management Thinking About Safety

Production worries. Procurement worries. Personnel worries. Personal worries. With so much to worry about, it can be difficult sometimes to get management, supervisors, and workers to focus on your main concern: their safety. So when there’s a near miss in the workplace, don’t miss your chance—for a brief time, they’ll all be thinking about safety.


Four Leadership Strategies to Enhance Your Safety Culture

Yesterday, we looked at five ways employers can encourage a positive safety culture in the workplace. Today, we’ll focus more directly on management and leadership strategies that can enhance your company’s commitment to safety—and how your workers perceive it.


Five Ways You Can Encourage a Positive Safety Culture

What is a safety culture? Safety culture, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is “the characteristics of the work environment, such as the norms, rules, and common understandings that influence facility personnel’s perceptions of the importance that the organization places on safety.” When employers create a positive safety culture, workplace safety and health improve, as do employee morale and workplace productivity.


Beyond the Form 300: More Metrics for Your Safety Program

Yesterday, we looked beyond using recordable injuries, illnesses, and workers’ compensation claims as ways to evaluate the effectiveness of your safety program, finding numerical ways to evaluate safety communication in the workplace. Today, we’ll look at three more metrics you can measure that go beyond the Form 300 in giving you information about how your safety program is doing.


Taking the Measure of Your Safety Program through Safety Communication

Is your safety program working? How do you know? Tracking injuries, illnesses, and workers’ compensation claims is a good start, but there are other indicators that can give you a broader, deeper, clearer picture of how your safety program is functioning.


The Case of the Color-blind Electrician: Sleuthing Out Safe Disability Accommodations

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers have to provide reasonable accommodations for workers with disabilities—but what about cases where the worker’s disability affects his safety or the safety of others? Are there really reasonable accommodations that can solve these vexing cases?


Leading and Lagging Indicators for Measuring Safety

Yesterday, we discussed what EHS metrics are, what they can do for your EHS program, and how to choose good metrics. Today, we’ll talk specifics. What kind of metrics have worked well for EHS programs? What indicators should an EHS manager look at?


Taking the Measure of Your Safety Program Using EHS Metrics

Is your safety program effective? How do you know? If you base your assessment solely on recorded injury and illness rates, you may not be getting the full picture—especially if you’re having a bad year. And if you do nothing more to evaluate your safety program, how will you defend it against OSHA citations, not to mention critics in your own organization?


Respiratory Protection: Clearing the Air from the Outside In

OSHA estimates that as many as 5 million workers are required to wear respirators in more than 1 million workplaces throughout the United States. If you’re going to ensure that those workers are breathing clean air, you have to start from the outside and work your way in.