HR's Role in Safety in the Workplace
Safety does not happen by accident. Reaching the point where safety truly becomes a core value in your organization takes vision, commitment and consistency. Telling your employees to be careful before each shift, although a start, does not equate to fostering a safety culture. Nor does aiming to comply with OSHA’s various standards and regulations. Essential steps in the process include securing both management commitment and employee involvement, conducting worksite analyses and controlling for hazards, and an ongoing focus on training and continuous improvement. Unfortunately, even the most well intentioned employers fall short from time to time, particularly those companies that don’t have a team of full-time safety professionals on staff. Whether you have an experienced safety team or task your human resources personnel with developing your safety culture, you need a comprehensive program that includes some combination of written programs, incentive systems, and/or safety committees.
Other key considerations include taking steps to search for and identify hazards in the workplace, recognize what OSHA tends to focus on during inspections, and what you should and should not do both during and after an inspection. You need to make sure you know how to record injuries and illnesses, how to create incentive programs that that comply with OSHA’s rules and when you need to report certain incidents to OSHA as some employers fail to report incidents to OSHA despite being required to do so, while others report incidents when they were not obligated to do so resulting in an inspection that might otherwise not have occurred.
Failing to create a culture that prioritizes safety can have serious consequences and this class will help employers understand the key steps they can take in that regard.
This information is critical for employers, so they can ensure their safety and health policies and that procedures and programs meet the requirements of OSHA and/or the State Plan state agencies that oversee safety and health compliance in the states in which they operate.
What You'll Learn:
Most Commonly Cited OSHA Standards
- Strategies for Avoiding Them
- Surviving Inspections
- How to Thrive After Citations Are Received
Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements
- How to Comply With OSHA's Electronic Recordkeeping Requirement
- How and When to Report Hospitalizations and Amputations to OSHA
- Strategies for Developing OSHA Compliant Incentive Programs
HR's Role in Safety Culture
- Securing Management Commitment and Employee Involvement
- Conducting Worksite Analyses and Controlling Hazards
- Training and Continuous Improvement
Aaron R. Gelb is a partner in Conn Maciel Carey’s Chicago office where he represents employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Mr. Gelb regularly advises and represents clients in relation to inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving federal OSHA and state OSH programs, while managing a full range of litigation against OSHA. Mr. Gelb also litigates EEO matters in federal and state courts (having tried several cases to verdict) and defends employers bef... View Full Profile
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