Safety and Health Assessment Challenge

Behavior Safety Associates, LLC©

This assessment tool is designed to add to your knowledge of how effective is the safety culture in your organization. The following checklist is based on safety management systems, OSHA requirements and best business practices. It covers aspects of a basic safety program and is not intended to be used to guarantee compliance.

Score your organization from 0-4:
0 = No/Never/Not in place
1 = Seldom
2 = Occasionally
3 = Usually
4 = Always  


FUNDAMENTALS of a SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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Leadership and Accountability

0 - 4

1.   Management visibly demonstrates the priority of safety and health in all business activities.

2.   Management has set clearly-stated, company-wide safety and health goals.

3.   Adequate resources (money, staff, equipment, training programs, safety literature, and specialist expertise) have been allocated to implement safety and health policies.

4.   Safety and health responsibilities are assigned to a specific individual or to a safety team, including the authority to improve safety and health performance.

5.   Managers are involved actively in safety and health issues.

6.   Safety is communicated regularly to employees (meetings, pay check inserts, posters, bulletin boards, newsletters, etc.).

7.   Safety meetings/toolbox safety meetings with workers are held on a regularly-scheduled basis and documented.

8.   A safety and health policy statement is posted for workers and visitors to see. 

9.   Programs and processes are systematically reviewed to continuously improve safety and health performance.

Score: 0-9 Your organization has serious safety and health exposures
10-18 Not an effective safety and health program
19-27 Good, but room for improvement
28-36 Safety and health are priorities in your organization

0

Hazard Controls

0 - 4

1.   Regularly scheduled safety and health inspections are conducted to identify and correct hazards.

2.   There are clearly defined procedures for workers to report hazards and near-misses.

3.   Managers, supervisors and employees understand reporting near-misses could prevent an actual injury or fatality from occurring, and will reduce the likelihood of similar incidents.

4.   Hazardous operations are identified, assessed and modified to improve safety.

5.   Management investigates and documents accidents and near-misses.

6.   Corrective actions are taken to prevent recurrences of accidents and near-misses.

7.   Workers wear personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate to the task they are performing.

8.   A feedback process is in place for supervisors and peers to observe behaviors and provide positive or corrective feedback to one-another. 

9.   Safety rules and procedures are established and visibly posted.

10. There is a safety committee composed of hourly personnel and supervisors / managers that meets on a regularly scheduled basis.  

11. The safety committee has authority to make safety improvements.

12. There is visible use of manual material handling equipment (forklifts, hand trucks, pallet jacks).

Score:  0-12 Your organization has serious safety and health exposures
13-24 Not an effective safety and health program
25-36 Good, but room for improvement
37-48 Safety and health are priorities in your organization

0

Safety and Health Training

0 - 4

1.   An annual training plan is developed to ensure job and safety competency.

2.   Managers support and enforce employees’ attendance and availability to attend mandatory training.

3.   New employees receive a formal safety and health orientation before being allowed to begin work.

4.   Supervisors review safety rules and job-specific procedures with workers assigned to them before beginning work.

5.   Training records are maintained to document employee training.

6.   Managers, supervisors and employees are trained to foster positive behavior through observations and feedback, and to ensure work is conducted safely.

7.   Employees are trained in the proper use and maintenance of personal protective equipment.

8.   Safety training is regularly scheduled and is an on-going activity. 

9.   Periodic refresher training is conducted to ensure employees maintain required levels of job and safety knowledge.

10.  Training needs are systematically identified and periodically updated based on current job descriptions and required competencies.

Score:  0-10 Your organization has serious safety and health exposures
11-20 Not an effective safety and health program
21-30 Good, but room for improvement
31-40 Safety and health are priorities in your organization

0

Communications

 

1.   A communications plan is in place to identify and furnish the timely flow of safety and health information throughout the organization.

2.   Employees are encouraged to report unsafe conditions or practices to supervisors without fear of reprisal.

3.   Safety and health information concerning risks, employee performance and lessons learned from incident investigations / near misses is proactively communicated throughout the organization.  

4.   Safety and health theme campaigns are conducted to educate employees and to reinforce safety and health objectives, as well as addressing safety concerns.

5.   Management conducts regular reviews to examine the effectiveness of the safety and health communications plan and to recognize opportunities for improvement.

Score:  0-5 Your organization has serious safety and health exposures
6-10 Not an effective safety and health program
11-15 Good, but room for improvement
16-20 Safety and health are priorities in your organization

0

Contractors

0 to 4

1.   Contractors are pre-qualified and selected based on documented safety and health records.

2.    Safety and health policies, standards and expectations are communicated to contractors through a safety and health orientation.

3.   A contractor safety management program is in place to establish and measure safety and health performance standards of contractors performing work for the organization.

4.   Contractor safety and health performance is reviewed and documented on a regularly scheduled basis.

5.   Where two or more employers share a workplace, they cooperate and coordinate their activities to ensure safe working conditions are maintained for all employees

Score:  0-5 Your organization has serious safety and health exposures
6-10 Not an effective safety and health program
11-15 Good, but room for improvement
16-20 Safety and health are priorities in your organization

0

Emergency Preparedness

0 to 4

1.   Emergency response and action plans have been developed based on foreseeable or likely emergencies.

2.   Emergency responders and their responsibilities have been established based on the Incident Command System (ICS).

3.   Regularly-scheduled drills are conducted and critiqued to test the effectiveness and response of personnel to emergency response and action plans. 

4.   A system of internal and external communications and notifications has been established and is tested during drills.

5.   All emergency responders are trained to understand their roles and responsibilities based on the Incident Command System (ICS).

Score:  0-5 Your organization has serious safety and health exposures
6-10 Not an effective safety and health program
11-15 Good, but room for improvement
16-20 Safety and health are priorities in your organization

0

Accident / Incident Investigation

0 to 4

1.   There is an established process for reporting all injuries, incidents and near-misses in a timely manner.

2.   Injuries, incidents and near-misses are investigated to prevent a recurrence, not to punish employees.

3.   Corrective active actions are implemented promptly in response to the findings of an incident investigation.

4.   Findings of an incident investigation are communicated promptly so lessons learned from the incident can be used to implement appropriate corrective actions.

5.   An incident tracking system is used to identify trends and analyze safety and health performance.

Score:  0-5 Your organization has serious safety and health exposures
6-10 Not an effective safety and health program
11-15 Good, but room for improvement
16-20 Safety and health are priorities in your organization

0

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