Employers often find their biggest concern regarding employees is safety on the job site. There are six fail-safe steps to keeping employees safe on the job site. These include:
- Create a safety program and policy manual
- Regular Premise Inspections
- Appoint a Safety Manager
- Equipment and maintenance inspections and reviews
- Hire a safety expert for facility inspections
- Insure employees follow safety regulations
Safety Program and Safety Policy Manual
One of the six fail-safe steps to take to keep employees safe on job sites is to provide them with a safety orientation program during the first three months of their employment. This should include a safety policy manual employees can refer to if questions arise on the job. The safety policy manual should be annually updated whenever fire or other municipal safety regulations change.
Regular Premise Inspections
In most large facilities, it’s the duty of the facility or plant manager to insure that regular inspections of the premises are conducted. If the business allows contractors or other outsourced vendors to work at the site, they should be covered by liability insurance and provided with guidelines for working on job site projects.
Appointing a Safety Manager
Most municipalities require the appointment of a safety manager for job sites. The safety manager should be trained in various aspects of job site safety such as Confined Space Entry, Clean Room specifications and restrictions and emergency procedures. The safety manager should be available at all times and a substitute should be provided with equal safety training in the absence of the safety manager appointed. Safety managers should have ready access to all municipal fire and police for potential emergencies.
Equipment and Maintenance Inspections and Reviews
In addition to inspections of the structural premises, it’s also a fail-safe step to conduct regular equipment and maintenance inspections and reviews. Equipment malfunctions and negligent maintenance are often major causes of employee injury. Keep a log of all equipment and maintenance inspections and reviews.
Hire a Safety Expert
Safety management is more cost-effective, effective and comprehensive when an expert is hired to conduct job site inspections. 20/20 NDT Inc. (experts in destructive testing in Fort St. John) are trained in highly sophisticated safety inspections that help their clients avoid issues with federal, state and local regulatory agencies and keep employees safe on the job.
Insuring employees follow safety regulations
The sixth fail-safe step may be the most important: Insuring employees follow safety regulations. Make certain employees understand and follow the safety policy of the business.
About the Author
Karleia Steiner is a business blogger and consultant residing in Utah. Away from the office she enjoys spending time with her family.