A Long Term Commitment to Safety Compliance

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Kylie Chap­pell, Safe­ty Com­pli­ance Man­ag­er

Com­pa­nies today can­not afford to take safe­ty and com­pli­ance light­ly. A company’s employ­ees are their most valu­able assets and often many busi­ness­es over­look how impor­tant it is to devel­op and main­tain a strong safe­ty and com­pli­ance pro­gram to pro­tect their assets. Accord­ing to the Occu­pa­tion­al Safe­ty and Health Admin­is­tra­tion (OSHA), for every dol­lar invest­ed in an effec­tive safety/compliance pro­gram, there is a poten­tial for a com­pa­ny to save $4-$6 as ill­ness­es, injuries and fatal­i­ties are reduced.

An organization’s safe­ty and com­pli­ance pro­gram should begin with top lev­el man­age­ment. The management’s com­mit­ment to safe­ty will set the tone for the rest of the orga­ni­za­tion and pro­vide a moti­vat­ing force for all employ­ees. With­out the lead­er­ship involve­ment and com­mit­ment to pur­sue safe­ty with as much pas­sion as oth­er orga­ni­za­tion­al goals, the pro­gram is des­tined to fail.

The com­pa­ny must also make a long term com­mit­ment to safe­ty. This com­mit­ment should include safe­ty train­ing. The train­ing is most effec­tive when com­bined with oth­er train­ing pro­grams regard­ing job prac­tices and stan­dard oper­at­ing pro­ce­dures. By doing this, it will pre­vent safe­ty from being viewed as sep­a­rate from oth­er job require­ments. Employ­ee engage­ment is also key in build­ing the long term com­mit­ment to safe­ty for an orga­ni­za­tion. Employ­ees should devel­op their own safe­ty prac­tices as their com­mit­ment to them­selves, co-work­ers and their com­pa­ny. If employ­ees feel like they are part of the safe­ty solu­tion then their long term com­mit­ment will trans­late into being a safe­ty role mod­el for all.

Safe­ty and Com­pli­ance pro­grams should raise vis­i­bil­i­ty of safe­ty in the work­place, improve safe­ty and pro­mote a long term com­mit­ment to safe­ty. A program’s goal can be sim­ply stat­ed “Every­one Trav­els to Work and Arrives Back Home Safe­ly Every Day.”

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