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Why Develop Safety Programs?

OSHA has concluded that effective written safety programs, accident prevention plans as well as management of worker safety and health protection is a decisive factor in reducing the extent and the severity of work-related injuries and illnesses.

Measuring the results of workplace safety programs and health changes, benefits employers and employees since they both gain confidence that drives the change which results in a safer workplace. Since most changes occur by trial and error or in stages, information about the effectiveness of each stage is naturally helpful to the process. These changes often result in increased productivity and demonstrate that employee safety and health programs can be a good investment.

OSHA has concluded that effective written safety programs, accident prevention plans as well as management of worker safety and health protection is a decisive factor in reducing the extent and the severity of work-related injuries and illnesses

Health and safety has undergone a major transformation in recent years. The move has been driven by using prescriptive legislation, telling companies exactly what must be done, goal-setting legislation, requiring companies to set objectives and targets to be achieved. This self-regulatory approach is based upon risk assessment. In many ways this change of approach makes it more difficult for companies to achieve legal compliance. It is no longer good enough, in many cases, to show that the letter of the law has been obeyed. Today, it is necessary to demonstrate that a “suitable and sufficient” risk assessment has been carried out for each task and activity and that any necessary control measures have been introduced as a result of that assessment.

One of the most important roles of managers is to send their employees home as good a condition as when they arrived at work; free from injuries or illnesses due to work related incidents.
The health and safety policy is the cornerstone of your business from a health and safety
Perspective and is good business. It demonstrates how you as a successful company comply with health and safety legislation in the context of your business and its associated risks. WISL is committed to working closely with companies to develop their Safety Management System, policies and procedures, facility Risk Assessments and any areas that may require our expertise.

 

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