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How to Build a Strong Safety Culture

17 Oct

Here are 10 steps you and your management can take to build a strong safety culture, thereby improving safety performance and preventing accidents:

1. Define safety responsibilities for all levels of the organization (e.g., safety is a line management function).
2. Develop upstream measures (e.g., number of reports of hazards/suggestions, number of committee projects/successes, etc.).
3. Align management and supervisors through establishing a shared vision of safety and health goals and objectives vs. production.
4. Implement a process that holds managers and supervisors accountable for visibly being involved, setting the proper example, and leading a positive change for safety and health.
5. Evaluate and rebuild any incentives and disciplinary systems for safety and health as necessary.
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Prepare for Hazardous Materials – GHS Compliance Training

13 Jun

Take action now to prepare for your obligation as an employer to train your employees about new rules regarding hazardous chemicals in your work, and the training MUST be done by December 1, 2013.

This obligation applies to virtually every employer in America, unless you only by cleansers, bleaches, detergents, etc. at consumer grocery stores and the like.  If you obtain cleaning products from a commercial supply source, or inks for your printers, solvents, etc. not to mention other chemicals for your work – you are covered by OSHA’s rules regarding Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Communications. 

This OSHA rule, known as” Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals” was adopted to be consistent with the provisions of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), Revision 3. The transmittal of information is to be accomplished by means of comprehensive hazard communication programs, which are to include container labeling and other forms of warning, safety data sheets and employee training.

Under the recently adopted GHS, what have been known as Material Safety Data Sheets, (MSDSs) will change to a new 16-section SDS format. Manufacturers have until June 1, 2015, to comply with the new SDS format. But employers must train all employees on these new Safety Data Sheets and this system by December 1, 2013

OSHA regulations also require employers to have a written hazard communication program which describes how chemical labels and other forms of warning, safety data sheets and employee information and training will be met.  Contact us at Don Dressler Consulting, www.DonDressler.com for help.

Are You Ready to Prove You Trained Every New Employee in Safety?

23 Dec

Can you produce written proof that every one of your employees has received safety training, particularly new employees? Specifically, can you show:

  1. Employees were given safety training for their job?
  2. The specific training their received?
  3. Who did the training?
  4. When the training occurred?

Personnel Plus Inc. a temporary staffing agency could not produce such records and Cal/OSHA cited them for violating the training documentation requirements of California law.  Cal/OSHA Appeals Board upheld the citation and penalty for violating the Illness & Injury Prevention Plan requirements of CCR 8, Section 3202 (b)(2).

Every California employer – no matter what size – no matter what industry or occupation – must have a written safety plan and provide safety training before any employee starts work.  And, the employer must have written records to prove it. 

If you need help in complying with these rules, e-mail DonDressler1@hotmail.com

New YouTube Video Available For Safety Training For Your Workers Regarding Heat Illness

20 Aug

The summer is not over, and employers have a continuing obligation under OSHA, particularly California employers under the Cal/OSHA heat illness prevention rules, to train employees about the dangers of heat illness and how to protect themselves. You have a new tool to help in that effort: an on line video on YouTube.com presented by Don Dressler Consulting and www.CalWorkSafety.com.

Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnrwrewOaGE.  This is a fast paced information packed video using power point material designed for your employees on the very first day on the job.