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A strong safety program is a core element in reducing workplace illness and injury. But starting from scratch or overhauling a company’s safety program can feel overwhelming.
If you’re new to a company, you may be frustrated by someone else’s workplace safety plans; if these plans are outdated, you’ll be starting over completely. By breaking down safety program ideas by type and establishing a framework for planning and roll-out, companies may be better primed for success.
EHS professionals developing these programs may find it useful to think about them in four ways.
EHS professionals may find that some of these safety program ideas may overlap or fulfill more than one area of need.
Safety programs can include several phases, including safety planning, implementation, assessment, and follow-up. Establishing benchmarks and standard processes for safety programs—from planning through follow-up—can ensure nothing gets overlooked.
These strategies can also help ensure that that safety programs do effectively deliver needed training/preparation, with each iteration of the safety program improving upon the previous one. Some safety program ideas will work best in collaboration with other departments. EHS managers will also want to coordinate their efforts in relation to regulatory and other compliance requirements.
In addition, safety programs and employee participation should be documented, both for ongoing EHS assessment and planning as well as future workplace health and safety investigations, regulatory compliance requirements, or future needs.
Safety program ideas can be viewed quite differently by EHS professionals, depending on the aspect of safety being assessed and the typical steps taken by an organization to minimize risk. Each company’s safety needs have unique challenges but working within a framework for planning can make safety program ideas much more likely to be successful.
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