How can PLC Members Go Green for Safety?
Evaluating risk is the first step in preventing accidents in the workplace. As we review safety issues in this newsletter, we will consistently talk about “Going Green” in regards to safety. What does this mean? Very simply, we classify potential safety risks in the workplace using a three-color system.
• Red is used to classify tasks that are dangerous or clear hazards present in the workplace.
• Yellow is used to classify tasks that could be dangerous or potential hazards present in the workplace.
• Green is used to classify tasks and potential hazards in the workplace where risk is low or eliminated thanks to measures including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) being used and readily available; employees being made aware of and able to communicate about hazards, PPE requirements, first aid measures, storage requirements and handling procedures; or where annual training on preventing injury is being completed.
The goal with going GREEN is to get all tasks and potential hazards to GREEN and to have a system for recognizing tasks and elements in the workplace that are clearly hazards – RED, or potentially hazardous and in need of improvement – YELLOW.
PLC Safety Newsletter:
The Benefit of Performing Safety Audits
Feb. 9, 2018
By Miranda Gowell, PLC Safety Coordinator
Why would you take the time to conduct a weekly or monthly safety audit of your operations? When you take approximately an hour a week to walk around your operation using a checklist to identify areas in compliance and areas that need to be improved, you are actively enforcing a safety and health program. After the audit, you need to create an action list to correct issues, or reward employees in areas where they are doing well. By doing this you are improving your operations and ensuring they are being performed safely. Delegation and tracking corrections are also important and the audit will perform that function. Audits are a key way to engage employees in performing work safely. A sample safety audit form is linked below for you.
You do not necessarily need to work from a checklist like this one, you could also walk around and take pictures of things that are going well, needing improvement, and items that need to be corrected. It is important to share these results with employees and document corrections and not to forget to reward employees who are performing work safely.
Hazard Identification & Assessment and Hazard Prevention & Control are two of the seven core elements of a Safety and Health Program, as recommended practices by OSHA.
In the General Industry OSHA Regulations on page 785 is the General Duty Clause, The Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Important sections of this act are:
(a.) Each Employer
(1.) Shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees;
(2.) Shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act.
(b.) Each Employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant of this Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct.
Do you need assistance with safety audits?
Call or email:
Miranda Gowell, PLC Safety Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 841-0250