Hi, and welcome to the course. If you are a safety manager, supervisor, committee member, or someone who is entering into the occupational safety and health field, this course will help you understand your important responsibilities.
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According to the OSHA Act every employer has a legal obligation to furnish employment (work) and a place of employment (workplace) free from known hazards that could cause serious injury or death.
This course is designed to give you some ideas to help meet that obligation and apply effective management principles to the function of workplace safety. The ultimate goal is to help you understand these principles so that it affects your thinking, beliefs, decision and finally your actions to improve your company's safety management system and leadership culture.
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If you want to reduce the costs and risks associated with workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities, you should place as much emphasis on safety and health in your workplace as you do on other management issues such as production, sales, transportation and quality control. The old phrase, "Safety First", may sound nice, but in reality, safety is more effective if it's thought to be a priority. In a highly competitive environment priorities can change rapidly. To survive, a company must both produce and be safe. Turn safety into a core value that never changes. Change "Safety First" to "Safety Only."
"Safety Only" emphasizes the idea that it's fine to produce as hard and fast as you can, as long as you can do it safely. High productivity is desired, but if a safety hazard or practice is discovered that might cause serious physical harm or death, it should be corrected immediately, even if that means shutting down production. That's commitment to safety!
Simple, it keeps people safe and healthful, and it decreases the long-term costs of doing business. But make sure your company is emphasizing accident prevention rather than loss control. Accident prevention is a proactive approach while loss control tends to be much more reactive. You'll learn more about this later.
In safety and health, you can pay now or pay later. It's smart to pay for safety and health before an accident occurs. For every proactive dollar spent preventing workplace accidents, many more are saved in direct/indirect accident costs.
For every reactive dollar spent on the direct costs of a worker's injury or illness, much more is spent to cover the indirect and unknown costs associated with the injury or illness.
Read more on direct, indirect and unknown accident costs.
OSHA has developed a Safety and Health Program Advisor that will help you analyze and evaluate your organization's safety and health management system. We encourage you to use this resource.
To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.
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