July 8, 2015

WEBINAR: Effective Safety Management Systems

5 important elements to any safety program

Recently, MSCI’s vice president of research, technology, safety & executive education Chris Marti hosted MSCI’s quarterly safety webinar. The guest presenter, Steve Yates of Optimum Safety Management, presented five elements required for every safety program:

Management commitment is the cornerstone that all safety programs are built on. Management is motivated to promote a safe working environment by preventing injury, decreased DART rate*, less mortality, the potential for OSHA inspections, and rising workers’ compensation costs. Similarly, there are hurdles that demotivate management to commit to safety, including increased cost, lack of time and minimal safety knowledge. Watch the webinar to learn how to get management over these hurdles.  

Program development is the framework for an organization’s safety program. It looks at the job hazard analysis for every job within a facility and describes the controls for each hazardous task. 

Training programs build on the safety program that’s been developed, providing a clear plan for communicating controls and processes to employees. This includes new hire orientation and department-specific orientation. 

Safety surveys, or inspections, are the feedback loop in an organization’s safety management system. These inspections should be frequent enough to identify and remediate hazards in the workplace. Watch the webinar for three considerations when implementing safety surveys. 

Corrective action is the result of a feedback loop. If in your inspection you see that training isn’t working or management must be more committed, it’s important that action is taken immediately. For four steps to preventing an OSHA citation, watch the webinar.

For more details and further description of each of these elements, watch the quarterly safety webinar on demand.

*The DART rate stands for “Days Away, Restrictions and Transfers”

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