Safety and Health survey
The first step is a comprehensive safety and health survey by Behavior Safety Associates, LLC of the organization’s facility(ies) to identify existing or potential safety and health hazards.
This survey evaluates workplace conditions with respect to: safety and health regulations and generally recognized safe work practices and physical hazards; use of any hazardous materials; employee work habits; and a discussion of safety and health problems with employees. The survey is documented in a formal report.
BSA’s safety and health survey includes:
Reviewing the facility’s equipment and tools, including the principle locations of their use. Special attention is given to inspection schedules, maintenance activities and your facility’s layout.
Making a list of all chemicals used in the workplace, reviewing material safety data sheets on the materials used, and identifying where they are used.
- Work practices
Detail specific work practices associated with equipment, tools and chemical use. Special attention is given to personal protective equipment, guarding, ventilation, emergency procedures and use of appropriate tools.
- OSHA or State Plan Standards
Standards are reviewed applicable to the type of operation, equipment, processes, materials, and the like. These standards are minimum requirements for workplace safety and health. Most workplaces come under General Industry Safety Orders. If the organization is involved with construction, petroleum, mining or tunneling, BSA will review the specific standards applicable to that industry as well.
The next activity is an evaluation of the existing Injury and Illness Prevention Program to identify areas working well and those needing improvement.
Behavior Safety Associates examines each organization’s:
- Accident, injury or illness data.
- Worker’s compensation costs.
- Rates of employee turnover or absenteeism.
- Information on safety and health activities ongoing or previously tried.
- Company policy statements.
- Rules-both work and safety.
- Guidelines for proper work practices and procedures.
- Records of training programs.
- Compliance with requirements of the Hazard Communications Standard.
- Employee capabilities. Employers are encouraged to make an alphabetical list of all employees, showing the dates they were hired, what their jobs are, and their experience and training. Special attention should be given to new employees and employees with handicaps. Joint labor-management safety and health committee activities.
- Other safety-related programs.