Management Commitment/Assignment of Responsibilities
Behavior Safety Associates provides your organization with a demonstrated approach to visibly demonstrate the priority of safety in all your business activities. Your organization’s commitment to safety and health shows in every decision made and every action taken. Your employees will respond to that commitment.
The person or persons with the authority and responsibility for your organization’s safety and health program must be identified and given management’s full support. Behavior Safety Associates assists your organization to demonstrate its commitment by demonstrating the organization’s concern for employee safety and health, and by the priority placed on these issues. If your organization wants maximum production and quality, it needs to control potential work-place hazards and correct hazardous conditions or practices as they occur or are recognized.
The organization must be committed to building an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program and integrating it into its entire operation: making the words on paper come alive in actual day-to-day operations. This commitment must be backed by strong organizational policies, procedures, observations, positive or corrective feedback to employees to reinforce safe behaviors, and disciplinary actions as necessary to ensure employee compliance with safe and healthful work practices. They should include:
- Establishment of workplace objectives for accident and illness prevention, like those established for other business functions such as sales or production for example: “Ten percent fewer injuries next year,” “Reduce down-time due to poorly maintained equipment.”
- Emphasis on staff’s safety and health responsibilities and recognition by supervisors and employees that they are accountable. Management staff must be held accountable for the safety record of employees working under them, and then back it up with firm action.
- A means for encouraging employees to report unsafe conditions with assurance management will take action.
- Allocation of the organization’s resources financial, material and personnel for:
- Identifying and controlling hazards in new and existing operations and processes, and potential hazards.
- Installing engineering controls.
- Purchasing personal protective equipment.
- Promoting and training employees in safety and health.
- Setting a good example! If, for instance, hard hats are required to be worn in a specific area, then management wears a hard hat in that area. If the management team does not support and participate in the safety and health program, it is doomed to failure from the start. It is especially important for plant supervisors and field superintendents to set a good example.
Employers / business owners must decide who in the organization will be given responsibility and authority to manage the safety and health program (IIPP). In many cases, it’s the owner. Sometimes the plant manager or a ranking member of the management team is the one to develop and set up the program. It could even be an engineer, personnel specialist or other staff member.
The person assigned must be identified by name in the program. The program’s success hinges on the individual chosen, and they cannot succeed without management’s full cooperation and support. Even when management appoints someone as the safety manager and delegates authority to manage the program, the ultimate responsibility for safety and health in your workplace still rests with management.
When considering responsibility, do not forget to include all employees. Behavior Safety Associates can provide each employee training and responsibility to follow the organization’s safety and health procedures, and to recognize and report hazards in their immediate work area.
OSHA and state plans require all employees to be informed of their safety and health responsibility. Every employee must comply with occupational safety and health standards applicable to their own actions and conduct.