Safety and Health Programs

By: Emmanuel Point Du Jour and, Uriel Benitez

what is a safety and health program?

A safety health program is an organization put in place to protect workers from injury in a workspace. There are strict guidelines that must be followed in order to avoid injury. A safety and health program should provide worksite analysis, management leaderhship and employee involvement, hazard prevention and control, as well as training for employees.

why are safety and health programs important?

-Safety programs overall prevent injuries and fatalities

-They also influence a moral environment where workers can feel good and safe at a work site

-With more rules and strict guidelines workers compensation cost are reduced

-It also shows good faith because it tells the worker that there safety is a great concern and that they will be protected

what makes a good safety and health program?

-SDS(safety data sheets) charts on walls to aid workers, and prevent injury from harmful chemicals that you may come in contact with.

Safe work practice in the work space such as

-They should have consequences if rules are violated and continue to be violated after awareness of hazard

-Have a plan in case of fire and a layout so everyone can escape

-Should provide work training for employees

-Should assure a safe worksite for workers

Some examples of safety and health programs

Safety and health program guidelines

Systematic policies and procedures

-organized work space and meats standards for safety

-assign responsibility to managers, supervisors, and workers

Recognize hazards

-inspect regularly to control hazards

-implement a hazard prevention control

Protect employees

-train employees to recognize and avoid hazards

-provide systematic policies, procedures and practices

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Majour elements to a safety and health program

Management commitment and employee involvement

Employers and employees work together to make safety and health a priority. Employer and employee communication is essential.

How to achieve employer commitment and employee involvement

  • Post the company's written safety and health policy for all to see.
  • Involve employees in policy making on safety and health issues.
  • Take an active part in safety activities.
  • Hold meetings that focus on employee safety and health.
  • Abide by all safety and health rules.
  • Invest time, effort, and money in your safety and health program.

work space analysis

Worksite analysis involves a variety of worksite examinations to identify not only existing hazards, but also conditions and operations in which changes might create hazards. Effective management actively analyzes the worl and the worksite, to anticipate and prevent harmful occurrences.

To help in conducting a workplace analysis, you can:

  • Request a free OSHA consultation visit
  • Become aware of hazards in your industry
  • Create safety teams
  • Encourage employee reporting of hazards
  • Have trained personnel conduct inspections of the worksite and correc hazards
  • Ensure that any changes in process or new hazards are reviewed
  • Seek assistance from safety and health experts

Safety and health training

A safety and health program should provide training in order to maintain a safe and healthy workplace. Training can help develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand workplace hazards and safe procedures. OSHA considers safety and health training vital to every workplace. It is most effective when integrated into a company's overall training in performance requirements and job practices.

Hazard prevention control

After hazards are identified, how can they be prevented and controlled?

Continually review the work environment and work practices to control or prevent workplace hazards.

Some ways to prevent and control hazards are:

  • Regularly and thoroughly maintain equipment
  • Ensure that hazard correction procedures are in place
  • Ensure that everyone knows how to use and maintain personal protective equipment
  • Make sure that everyone understands and follows safe work procedures.
  • Ensure that, when needed, there is a medical program tailored to your facility to hep prevent workplace hazards sand exposures

Examples of safety measures that can prevent injury


The first and best strategy to prevent injury is elimination. Remove the hazard from the workplace, or substitute (replace) hazardous materials or machines with less hazardous ones.

Engineering controls

Unlike other controls that generally focus on the employee exposed to the hazard, Engineering controls work to control the hazard and its source. The basic concept behind engineering controls is that, to the extent feasible, the work environment and the job itself should be designed to eliminate hazards or reduce exposure to hazards.

Administrative controls

While safe work practices can be considered forms of administrative controls, OSHA Susie's the term administrative controls to mean other measures aimed at reducing employee exposure to hazards. These measures include additional relief workers, exercise breaks and rotation of workers. These types of controls are normally used in conjunction with other controls that more directly prevent or control exposure to the hazard.
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PPE (personal protective equipment)

When exposure to hazards cannot be engineered completely out of normal operations or maintenance work, and when safe work practices and other forms of administrative controls cannot provide sufficient additional protection, a supplementary method of control is the use or protective clothing or equipment. This is collectively called Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE may also be appropriate for controlling hazards while engineering and work practices controls are being installed.

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