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Safety & Health Training
Before you make any changes in your safety and health operations, gather as much information as possible about current conditions at your workplace, and work practices that are already part of your Injury and Illness Prevention Program. This information can help us identify workplace problems and determine what’s involved in solving them.
Ongoing assessments of your workplace should be conducted by the person(s) responsible for the Injury and Illness Prevention Program and/or by the C&H Auxiliary Safety Management Inc.
Site Specific Safety Surveillance Services
The first step is to preform a comprehensive safety and health survey of your facility to identify existing or potential safety and health hazards.
This survey should evaluate workplace conditions with respect to: safety and health regulations and generally recognized safe work practices and physical hazards; use of any hazardous materials; employee work habits; and a discussion of safety and health problems with employees. The survey must be documented if made for the purpose of establishing an Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
Your safety and health survey includes:
Make a list of your equipment and tools, including the principle locations of their use. Special attention should be given to inspection schedules, maintenance activities and your facility’s layout.
Make a list of all chemicals used in your workplace, obtain material safety data sheets on the materials used, and identify where they are used.
Detail specific work practices associated with equipment, tools and chemical use. Special attention should be given to personal protective equipment, guarding, ventilation, emergency procedures and use of appropriate tools.
Review standards applicable to your type of operation, equipment, processes, materials, and the like. These standards are minimum requirements for workplace safety and health. Most workplaces come under Title 8, California Code of Regulations, General Industry Safety Orders. If you are involved with retail, office settings, general industry, agriculture or construction, you will need the specific standards applicable to that industry as well.
The next activity is an evaluation of your existing Injury and Illness Prevention Program to identify areas that may be working well and those that may need improvement.
You should examine your company’s:
- Accident, injury or illness data.
- Workmans Compensation costs.
- Rates of employee turnover or absenteeism.
- Information on safety and health activities ongoing or previously tried.
- Company policy statements.
- Rules-both work and safety.
- Guidelines for proper work practices and procedures.
- Records of training programs.
- Compliance with requirements of California’s Right to Know Law and Hazards Communications Standard.
- Employee capabilities. Make an alphabetical list of all employees, showing the dates they were hired, what their jobs are, their experience and previous if any training. Special attention should be given to new employees and employees with handicaps.
- Create joint labor-management safety and health committees and activities.