It is your responsibility to know what items or processes help you to make sure that you know what is needed to keep your workers safe. This is where a worksite analysis comes into play. For help in getting started with these processes, you can call on your State OSHA On-site Consultation Program and have an experienced health and safety professional visit your workplace for no charge and confidentially. Locations for each state are listed on OSHA’s website.
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Here are some actions to consider:
- Request a worksite analysis in the form of a consultation visit from your State On-site Consultation Program covering both safety and health to get a full survey of the hazards that exist in your workplace and those that could potentially develop. You can also contract for such services from expert private consultants.
- Obtain professional advice when you make changes to procedures or equipment to ensure that the changes are not introducing new hazards into your workplace. Find ways to keep current on newly recognized hazards in your industry.
- Periodically review occupational dangers with employees; analyze them step-by-step to see if there are any hidden hazards in the equipment or procedures.
- Set up a self-inspection system to check your hazard controls and evaluate any new hazards. Your state consultant can assist you in establishing an effective system.
- Make sure your employees feel comfortable in alerting you or another member of management when they see things that look dangerous or out of place.
- Learn how to conduct a thorough investigation when things go wrong. This will help you develop ways to prevent recurrences.
- Review several years of injury or illness records to identify patterns that can help you devise strategies for improving your safety and health program. Periodically review several months of experience to determine if any new patterns are developing.