Does OSHA have a Small Business Safety Plan?

safety firstBecause the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows a consistent dedication to helping small businesses develop safety plans, this blog post is being written to display how exactly OSHA helps administer a safety plan for small businesses. The small business management system, developed by OSHA, is categorized into four basic program elements: Management, leadership, and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and training. Under each categorized element are numerous sub elements. This small business safety plan program contains descriptions of how the program elements and sub elements are developed and implemented.

Management, leadership, and employee involvement: Management commits the necessary resources to ensure everyone on the worksite is protected from injury and hazards. Management will also lead the design, implementation, and continuous improvement of the worksite’s safety. The top level executives establish and review every year their worksite’s safety policy and ensure every single employee understands and supports the policy. All company executives, accompanied by input from all employees, develop a yearly safety goal with objectives, and a sound plan to help reach that goal. At the end of each year, the business executives, while taking into consideration the input from employees, evaluate the progress associated with achieving the set out objectives and the plan put in place to accomplish those goals. In this manner, the company will be able to evaluate the success rate of the overall safety program, including deciding on any remaining action that can be taken to achieve the current year’s goal. This, in turn, will help create the following year’s goal, objectives, and plans, which should also be discussed at the close of the year.

Worksite Analysis: A business hires outside, or third party, consultants to survey, analyze, and evaluate any and all safety and health hazards at the site. The third party may then encounter these safety and health hazards, and point the remaining issues out to the company, and then assist in implementing a plan to eliminate the remaining health and safety issues.

Hazard prevention, and control: A three step process to accomplish this directive – 1. When economically feasible for the business, any and all remaining hazards should be eliminated. 2. Until the problem can be eliminated, barriers, guards, safety markers and others types of safety solutions must be present to alert a worker approaching a dangerous location. 3. Any exposure to safety and health hazards will be immediately handled through administrative procedures.

Training: Every employee on the worksite must receive sufficient training on the company’s safety and health program. All workers must understand all opportunities and responsibilities associated with their employer’s health and safety plan, and be able to fulfill them.

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