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We all want our safety program to be the best it can be. So what can you do to make sure that your program is working the way you want it to?
Perhaps you've been given some additional safety responsibilities, or just looking to make some changes to the safety culture at your company. Where you should start and what areas you should consider?
How about starting with workplace written plans? What operations in the workplace are covered by written plans? What has to be included in each written plan?
And, of course, there is training. Who has to be trained and on what? How often should the training have to be given? Who is allowed to do the training? What training records must be kept?
A safety committeemight help – but how should a committee be organized? And what should it be tasked with? Or, if you have a committee, can you help it function better?
And then there are the labeling issues. What has to be labeled? What do the labels have to look like and have on them?
So much to know, so much to do, so much to deal with. Where should you start?
KellerOnline provides you with some good starting points. The News & Alerts section provides information on breaking news and keeps you up-to-date with changes to regulations and to KOL features.
You can "Set Your Goals" in the Safety Management Process area, where you can focus on addressing issues such as Recordable Injuries and Illnesses, Near Misses, and Worker's Compensation Costs. There is Benchmarking, an area which allows a company to compare its safety efforts to other companies in the same industry or of the same size.
Visit My Safety Program, which helps you identify workplace areas and topics of concern, and which can help you develop a safety program addressing pertinent safety issues. This section also offers quick reference to the regulations as well as to Best Practices.
You can access a list of the 66 OSHA general industry standards which have training requirements at OSHA's Training Requirements at a Glance. This document briefly covers who must be trained, when they must be trained, and any recordkeeping requirements.
Looking in the Topic Indexunder safety committeeswhere KOL offers management videos, a webcast, best practices, a written plan, and other information. The Labeling topic offers information on OSHA letters of interpretation, labeling requirements, links to industry standards, videos, and more.
And, as always, you can ask your peers in the Member Discussion area for ideas on safety, training, dealing with management, or for copies of programs and written plans, or for photos, or even just a word of encouragement.
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