According to OSHA, ” The main goal of safety and health programs is to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths, as well as the suffering and financial hardship these events can cause for workers, their families, and employers. The recommended practices use a proactive approach to managing workplace safety and health.”

Having a good written safety program consisting of policies and procedures is the foundation of your safety management system. But what happens when the written programs aren’t current anymore? What if your policies aren’t relevant to your current tasks and work processes?

Negative impacts of having safety policies that are no longer relevant include:

  • Increased risk of injury
  • Increased risk of process deviation
  • Credibility issues with employees
  • Compliance issues
  • Alignment problems with teams and associates

Spring cleaning for your written safety policies should be conducted to keep everything fresh. During a review, the following items should be considered:

  • Are recent OSHA changes included in the program?
    • In the past few years, there have been changes to OSHA’s silica rules, incident reporting, electrical (NFPA 70E) and others
  • What process changes or new tasks have been incorporated into operations since the last update?
  • Have we performed annual reviews as required?
    • Some programs, like confined space, require employers to perform an annual review
    • Use documentation of completed operations as a guide
  • Is the annual training plan and training calendar evaluated and adjusted to meet needs?

Dusting off the safety program and making updates doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Keep it current and keep it fresh by keeping it updated as your business evolves. Call us if you get stuck and we will guide you through the process.

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