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2/28/2020 - Hazard Risk Assessments

Today I'd like to talk to you about assessing the work environment to identify both chemical and physical hazards. Hazard identification is the first step to reducing risk which in turn reduces ...

Training Program Services

According to the National Safety Council, approximately 7 million work-related injuries occur in the United States each year. An employee safety training program is essential for ensuring that your workers have the knowledge and skills they need to perform their duties safely. The right training will reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses and help create a less hazardous environment for everyone.

An effective workplace safety program outlines the practices that all workers should follow while on the job. It also instructs them on how to identify and report potential hazards to prevent incidents from occurring in the first place.

Who Needs Safety and Health Training?

Most people associate workplace injuries with "physical" occupations such as construction or material handling. But hazards exist in virtually every work environment. For instance, an office worker might trip over a computer power cord or cause a fire by engaging in unsafe cooking practices in the breakroom. Therefore, everyone requires some form of training based on the unique risks they face while on the job.

1Source professionals can develop and present training programs that meet the needs of the client and satisfy the requirements of regulation. We specialize in the presentation of customized programs and workshop activities. Our courses have been well received by large and small organizations including: hospitals, schools, construction firms, environmental companies, manufacturing companies, and commercial facilities. We appreciate that training time is valuable and can design a program to suit your workplace.

Employer/Supervisor Roles in Workplace Safety

The safety needs of workers vary depending on the industry and the nature of the workplace. An excellent way for employers to determine their safety requirements is to perform a GAP analysis, a process that will identify holes or gaps in a safety management system. Elements of a comprehensive GAP analysis include a one-day site assessment, creating a report that outlines areas that need improvement and developing and implementing an action plan to address these areas.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a long list of employer responsibilities for providing a safe workplace. For example, employers must inspect work areas to ensure they comply with the applicable OSHA safety standards for their industry. They must also provide safety training in a language and vocabulary that workers can comprehend to ensure clarity and avoid confusion. Furthermore, OSHA requires that employers display a poster that informs employees of their rights and responsibilities in a prominent location.

Employee Roles in Workplace Safety

While it's up to the employer to create a safe work environment, workers must also shoulder some of the burden. All workers should adhere to the company's safety rules and regulations and participate in relevant training programs. Other steps that employees should take include:

  • Make safety the top priority in every work activity
  • Use all available tools, equipment and resources to help maintain a safe work environment
  • Educate themselves on all potential safety hazards and ensure they know how to mitigate their risk
  • Communicate any discovery of unsafe work conditions or practices to their supervisors as soon as possible
  • Take "reasonable care" of their health and safety throughout the workday

What Types of Hazards Should a Health and Safety Program Address?

No two workplaces are alike. When starting an employee safety program, the employer may have to identify and address the following types of hazards as they apply to their unique work environment:

  • Ergonomics: An ergonomically designed workplace can significantly reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries and muscle strains. An ergonomic safety program implements a combination of technology and education to lower the potential for movement-related injuries.
  • Physical: A physical hazard in the workplace can range from an object that can cause tripping to excessive noise, radiation and moving equipment. Effective company program safety procedures can help identify and eliminate these situations.
  • Chemical: Some work environments provide exposure to toxic chemicals that pose a variety of health hazards. A safety program should provide specific training on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as the safe handling and transport of these materials.
  • Psychosocial: Psychosocial hazards encompass workplace situations that may impact the psychological and physical health and well-being of employees. Examples include the use of drugs or alcohol at work, bullying, stress and burnout. A well-crafted safety program can help identify the signs of these and other mental and physical risks and provide intervention steps that can prevent them.

OSHA recommends the following steps for identifying and assessing workplace hazards:

  • Gather all available information regarding current workplace hazards
  • Conduct an initial and periodic workplace inspection to look for any additional or recurring hazards
  • Investigate illnesses and injuries, as well as any "close calls" to determine their underlying causes
  • Group similar incidents to identify trends
  • Review any hazards related to unusual situations or emergencies
  • Determine the likelihood of injuries that may result from identifiable hazards, as well as their severity
  • Use the information obtained via this process to prioritize and implement corrective measures

When possible, companies should correct any health and safety hazards as soon as they identify them and implement company safety program procedures. By doing so, they will emphasize the importance of safety to their workforce and set a strong leadership example.

Selected Training Topics

  • Arc Flash
  • Asbestos, 2-hour Awareness
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Construction Safety
  • DOT Hazardous Material Module
  • Electrical - NFPA70E/Arc Flash
  • Electrical Safety in Construction
  • Emergency Action Plan Essentials
  • Ergonomics
  • Environmental Infection Control
  • Fall Protection
  • Fire Protection
  • Hazard Identification
  • Hazard Communications / Right-to-Know
  • HAZWOPER, Initial and Refresher
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Incident Investigation
  • Indoor Air Quality Awareness
  • Indoor Air Quality Proactive Planning
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Job Safety / Hazard Analysis
  • Ladder Safety
  • Lead Safety Awareness
  • Legionella Control Programs
  • Lock Out / Tag Out
  • Machine Guarding
  • Mold Recognition, Evaluation and Control
  • OSHA Construction Safety 10 and 30 hour
  • OSHA General Industry 10 and 30 hour
  • OSHA Recordkeeping
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Safety Committee Training
  • Scaffolds
  • Workers’ Compensation Management
  • Workplace Violence

Contact Us to Learn More About Workplace Safety Programs

If you desire more information, a training program assessment or a proposal, please click on the Information Request or contact Colin J. Brigham, Vice President Safety Management and Ergonomics at 610-524-5525, ext. 24.

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