Safety Audits / Inspections
Inspection of work areas and audits of safety programs are tools that can be used to identify problems and hazards before these conditions result in accidents or injuries. Audits also help to identify the effectiveness of safety program management and can be used as a guide to assure regulatory compliance and a safe workplace.
Most workplace injuries and illness are not due to “accidents”. More often than not it is a predictable or foreseeable eventuality. By “accidents” we mean events where employees are killed, maimed, injured, or become ill from exposure to toxic chemicals or microorganisms (TB, hepatitis, HIV) A systematic plan and follow through of investigating incidents or mishaps and altering behaviors can help stop a future accident.
Let’s take the heavy carton falling 12 feet for the second time, only this time
it hits a worker, causing injury. Predictable? Yes. Preventable? Yes.
Investigating why the carton fell will usually lead to solution to prevent it
from falling in the future. Don’t investigate only accidents. Incidents should also be reported and
investigated. They were in a sense, “aborted accidents”. Criteria for investigating an incident: What is reasonably the worst outcome, equipment damage, or injury to the worker?
What might the severity of the worst outcome have been?
If it would have resulted in significant property loss or a serious injury, then the incident should be investigated with the same thoroughness as an accident investigation.
Training (see Training Page)
We offer 1-day, 2-day and 4-day OSHA safety training at numerous locations across the country. Earn your 10-hour or 30-hour training card and keep your company in compliance. These comprehensive safety courses focus on the OSHA construction and OSHA general industry regulations and safety orders to give you the best training experience possible as you... Are you looking for safety training material? Visit our online store for Safety books, CD-ROMs, Flash Drive safety training packages, and other safety related videos.
Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) / Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
A job hazards analysis (JHA), also known as job safety analysis (JSA), or an activity hazard analysis (AHA) is described by OSHA as "a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur. It focuses on the relationship between the worker, the task, the tools, and the work environment. Ideally, after you identify uncontrolled hazards, you will take steps to eliminate or reduce them to an acceptable risk level." (OSHA 3071, 2002 (Revised)).
As the name implies, pre-task planning meetings are held immediately prior to performing a specific task. Since tasks will vary in duration, it is possible for a team to have only one pre-task planning meeting on one day but to have four or five such meetings on another day. The team discusses the work to be performed and the hazards that are likely to be encountered. The team then modifies the work plan to try to eliminate hazards or means are discussed by which the hazards can be avoided, possibly through guards or the use of personal protective equipment. *** Research results have shown that work employing pre-task planning throughout the project process have better safety performances. *** This method, more than perhaps any other approach, brings the team into the decision-making process that directly impacts their own safety performances. *** The involvement of all employees can have a dramatic impact on decreasing injury rates.
What You Can Do At shift start or before your team begins a task, take the time to hold a Pre-Task Planning session. This can not only keep your team safe, but can improve their performance and the outcome of the task.
Develop Safety Policies & Procedures Manuals
Developing safety policies and procedures is an important part of reducing the risk of injuries and deaths in the workplace. Organizations use different models for developing a comprehensive manual of safety policies and procedures. Creating a joint workplace safety and health committee is one way to ensure that employees from all departments work together to develop a comprehensive safety program.
Safety policies and procedures outline exactly how employees maintain a safe workplace. Policies spell out in general terms how safety will be achieved in each area of the organization. Procedures outline specifically how employees and managers will use a standard approach to preventing injuries in the workplace.
Provide OSHA Citation Assistance
Despite all efforts no one can guarantee you will not receive an OSHA inspection or citation. If you do receive a citation we will provide the resources you need in preparing for and attending the informal conference. We will help in providing our expertise in abating all citations and assist you in preparing and presenting your response to OSHA.
Safety Committee Development
A joint safety and health committee can provide a centralized approach to developing the right safety policies and procedures for the entire organization. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), joint committees can identify hazardous conditions, conduct facility inspections each month, investigate and document injuries and accidents, and examine previous accidents to analyze risk factors.
Return to work programs (light duty)
When an employee is injured in such a way that s/he is temporarily unable to perform all of the physical work tasks that their normal job requires, the employer is faced with making one of two choices: Allowing the worker to lay-out of work, at home, drawing workers' compensation benefits. Bring them into work, place them into a different, or modified position that complies with the health care professional's restrictions. In virtually every case, the latter is preferred. Such a case is called a "Light Duty", or "Modified Work" position, under which a physician's (or other health professionals) restrictions are incorporated into the job demands.
Fire Protection and Prevention Services
Team Safety’s fire protection and fire prevention services include:
* Fire protection system and fire detection system plan review
* Building plan review to assure compliance with all fire codes
* Fire brigade training for your on-site industrial fire brigade meeting OSHA 1910.156 requirements
* Fire extinguisher training for employees, both office and construction workers complying with OSHA
* Fire and life safety inspections for daycare centers, schools, adult and senior centers
* Commercial building and industrial complex fire and life safety inspections
* Inspection of on-site fire extinguishers, fire hose stations, fire alarm systems, fire detection systems and
fire suppression systems such as fire sprinklers
* Inventory and recommended practices for storage of flammable, toxic, corrosive or hazardous materials
* Wildland fire prevention and defensible space suggesitons
Emergency Management/Disaster Preparedness
Team Safety has the knowledge, skills and ability to:
* Assist government, general industry, and home owners associations in emergency management
* Develop Community Readiness and Disaster preparedness plans, procedures and programs
* National Incident Management System (NIMS) training and implementation
* Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
* Local Government, City and County Emergency Operations Plan and Procedures