10 Priorities for Your Safety Program

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  • A safety program is essential to the workplace. It provides you and your employees with background and information needed to ensure proper procedures are being followed.
  • It is probably a safe bet to assume that these facilities shown did not have a quality safety program in place when these pictures were taken. Hopefully nobody got hurt too bad in these pictures and the employer learned a lesson the easy way, not the hard way.
  • The phrase "job-killing regulation" has become a standard part of the political lingo this campaign season, as candidates and businesses complain about the cost of complying with regulations and continue to claim that regulations are preventing job creation.
  • A recent study by the Haas School of Business published in May of this year actually indicates that these claims are not accurate. These findings come from a decade-long study of hundreds of work sites subject to random safety inspections. Researchers found that inspected companies reduced their injury claims by 9.4 percent compared to those not inspected, with no negative impact on profits or sales. Further, the same companies saved an average of 26% on workers' compensation costs in the four years following an inspection when compared with similar firms that were not randomly inspected.
  • So the point I am trying to make here is that having an effective safety program in place at your business can help you:Reducing InjuriesReducing Workers Compensation CostsUltimately adding to your bottom line.
  • The first priority for your safety program is to make sure you have an actual program.There is a lot more to having a safety program than just putting up a poster and telling your employees not to get hurt.OSHA has specific requirements for what your safety program must include, and we will cover those in our presentation today.
  • A 2nd priority for your safety program is to make sure you have Senior Level Leadership involved, usually someone like a GM. Fixed Ops Director or Service Manager. If you put the Porter in charge of your Safety Committee, your program will not be seen as a priority and not a lot will be accomplished. Someone with the authority to make high level decisions must be involved.
  • A 3rd priority for your safety program is to make sure you have safety inspections performed on a regular basis. It is best to document these inspections and take photographs of the issues, which are very helpful for those who did not actually perform the inspection.
  • A 4th priority for your safety program is to make sure you have recurrent safety committee meetings. Make sure your senior leadership is involved in these meetings and each of the safety issues is discussed, a resolution to the issues is agreed upon and the task of correcting the issue is delegated to someone who can be held accountable for correcting the issue.
  • A 5th priority for your safety program is to make sure you perform detailed root cause analysis for all of your accidents and injuries.These are key to finding out the real cause of the accident so that you can prevent or eliminate the cause and avoiding future occurrences of the accident.
  • A 6th priority for your safety program is to make sure you are providing high quality safety training. OSHA has specific required trainings you must provide to your employees. You want to make sure that you provide these required trainings and then supplement these with additional trainings that can benefit your safety program. For a car dealership the required trainings can vary, but they usually are Hazard Communication, Emergency Response, Personal Protective Equipment and Fork Lift Driver Certifications. Some good examples of these would be Safe Driving Training, Back Injury Prevention or Hand Injury Prevention. You should also be aware that the EPA and DOT also have specific training requirements that are dependent on the specific job functions of your employees.
  • A 7th priority for your safety program is ensure you have all of the documents that OSHA requires for a valid safety program. For a dealership, these usually include an Emergency Response Plan, an Injury and Illness Prevention Program and a Hazard Communication Program.
  • A 8th priority for your safety program is to make sure you have performed and documented a Workplace Hazard Assessment. This is used to determine what hazards are employees are exposed to and what type of personal protective equipment you are providing your employees. This is usually one of the first documents and OSHA inspector will ask you for if you are lucky enough to have an OSHA inspection.
  • A 9th priority for your safety program is to make sure that you as the employer are supplying and paying for the Personal Protective Equipment. Up until recently, most automotive technicians had been paying for their own PPE, like gloves and eye protection. About 5 years ago OSHA clarified the regulation to ensure that this is the employers responsibility to pay and provide this necessary equipment.
  • A 10th priority for your safety program is to make sure that you document what you are doing. OSHA always asks for documentation, and if you can’t provide it, then OSHA will assume you never did it. All of your required programs should be documented, including your MSDS program and a chemical inventory. Document all of your trainings, inspections, meetings, hazard assessments…when in doubt it is best to document these items.
  • 10 Priorities for Your Safety Program

    1. 1. Speakers – KPA CONFIDENTIAL –
    2. 2. If you have questions during the presentation, please submit them using the “Questions” feature Questions will be answered at the end of the webinar Copyright © 2012 TK Carsites. All rights reserved. www.tkcarsites.com. Questions
    3. 3. Interact During the Webinar! #DealerWeb Becky Ross @kpaonline
    4. 4. 5 Why Safety?
    5. 5. Not Always “Common Sense” 6
    6. 6. 7 Job Killing Regulations?
    7. 7. Workers Compensation Costs Reduced by 26% 8
    8. 8. Workers Compensation Costs Reduced by 26% 9
    9. 9. 10 Priorities for Your Safety Program 10 1. Make Sure You Have an Actual Program
    10. 10. 10 Priorities for Your Safety Program 11 Senior Level Leadership in the Safety Program is Crucial for Success
    11. 11. 10 Priorities for Your Safety Program 12 Perform Recurring Safety Inspections
    12. 12. 10 Priorities for Your Safety Program 13 Hold Recurrent Safety Committee Meetings
    13. 13. 10 Priorities for Your Safety Program 14 Thoroughly Investigate All Accidents and Injuries
    14. 14. 10 Priorities for Your Safety Program 15 Provide High Quality Training
    15. 15. 10 Priorities for Your Safety Program 16 Required Safety Program Documents
    16. 16. 10 Priorities for Your Safety Program 17 Complete a Workplace Hazard Assessment
    17. 17. 10 Priorities for Your Safety Program 18 The Dealership Must Pay for the Required PPE
    18. 18. 10 Priorities for Your Safety Program 19 Document All of Your Safety Program Activities
    19. 19. 10 Priorities for Your Safety Program 20 1. Ensure you have an actual program. 2. Involve senior level management. 3. Perform regular recurring safety inspections. 4. Have regularly scheduled safety committee meetings. 5. Perform a root cause analysis for all of your accidents and injuries. 6. Provide high quality OSHA required safety training. 7. Ensure you have all of the OSHA required programs in place. 8. Complete a workplace hazard assessment. 9. Employer must pay for the required PPE. 10.Document the safety program.
    20. 20. QUESTIONS 21

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