Creating a safe place to work should be the #1 goal of any employer, manager, project manager, or supervisor. Above everything else – including job completion – the safety of your fellow workers should trump all other aspects of the project. Plus, workers will work harder and smarter, knowing that the company that they work for actually cares; an unsafe work environment not only endangers your workers, it sets you up for liability, employee discontent, and a lack of peace-of-mind.
For an effective health and safety management system to be implemented, there are a couple of things to think about when planning new policies. In this article we’ll take a look at some of the key aspects of an effective safety protocol.
Implementing a Safety Plan
Deciding to use a safety management system shows that health and safety are at the core of your business’ principles. Developing and utilizing proper safety protocols, while having a safety management system in place, will make reporting, planning, and implementing work permits and other procedures a breeze. To ensure that everything goes according to plan and that no one gets hurt, you must make sure that workers are always supervised, appropriately trained, and always comply with the instructions and procedures that are set in place.
What is Your Safety Plan?
Are you properly displaying and checking confined work space permits? Are your safety data sheets easy to access to inspectors and employees alike? Do you have a record of all trained and untrained employees in a particular skillset? Knowing is half of the battle.
All employees should be properly briefed on all procedures and policies regarding safety within your company. On-boarding training and continued training should not be taken lightly; in many of the industries we work with, a few mistakes can have potentially lethal consequences. Your training and safety procedures should be thoroughly explained to each new employee, with an emphasis on re-training. Training can include the procedures for the company itself, the procedures for the location your employees are operating in, and the rules for the individual site. While extensive training is necessary for each and every employee, make sure that the level of training corresponds with the level of danger each individual employee faces.
Monitor the Worksite
Project managers and supervisors should be adept at spotting potential safety hazards, such as hazardous atmospheric conditions, chemical spills, and unattended machinery. This is why there are so many regulations and procedures, such as lock-out/tag-out and confined space permitting. Due to previous incidents throughout the history of construction and manufacturing, these procedures are implemented for a reason. The safe monitoring of employees is an essential job function of any manager or supervisor.
Everyone should be held accountable, at all levels. Managers should take each and every infraction as a learning employee. Managers should let current employees know what they look for when identifying a hazard, and how control measures are implemented. Employees should also know how the risk level of each hazard is identified and assessed. The more that everyone knows about proper preventative action, the better.
Safety Sense Management System
Our cloud-based safety management system allows for the management and proper storage of pertinent safety information and data. Safety Sense Management system is used for:
- Work related permits, such as confined space and hot-work
- Confined space entry pre-plans and rescue procedures
- Safety data sheets (SDS)
- Automated training expiration emails
- Work place hazards, such as slips, trips, falls, and atmospheric hazards
- Roles-based training records
- Atmospheric monitoring data repository / data retention
- The ability to store terminated permits on the secure cloud database
We support a multitude of industries that utilize the above items. A few of these industries include construction, manufacturing, insurance, oil and gas, emergency response, government and municipalities, rail, healthcare, and terminal/bulk facilities.
Work permit data has never been easier to access than with the SafetySense Management System. We simplify your permitting and training paperwork by going digital. We leverage technology to maintain an up-to-date list of employees, training records, data repositories, and safety procedures.
To find out what our safety management system can do for you, call us at (888) 610-7767 or visit our contact page today.