Summary of Workplace Safety

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Many workplaces seem quite safe. There are no open mine-shafts to fall into, no baths of sulfuric acid to spill, no explosives lying about ready to be ignited. And yet, according to professional safety consultants Dan Hopwood and Steve Thompson, every workplace needs a detailed, current and well-documented program to protect the health and safety of employees. While the hazards have changed, the risk of injury remains. Rather than spiraling down a mine-shaft, a worker might get a repetitive stress injury. Rather than spilling acid in the doughnuts, a worker might pull a muscle lifting a heavy box. Rather than dropping a cigarette onto some dynamite, a worker might inhale an irritant that causes a chronic lung condition. In each case, the results can include missed work, disrupted lives, insurance claims that increase your premiums and fines for regulatory violations. This brief book will help you avoid all that, whether you are just starting your safety program or re-engineering it. Many checklists and useful appendices nicely complement the text. getAbstract feels safe recommending this sensible guide.

About the Authors

Dan Hopwood is a risk management executive. Steve Thompson is a consultant.



Safety Pays

A safety program need not be a millstone around your corporate neck. Companies with strong safety programs, studies show, generally outperform those with weaker ones, and the reasons are not hard to fathom. Safety leads to better employee retention, since workers who feel that their employers care about them want to stay. Safety improves productivity, because injuries keep workers from working. It also reduces regulatory headaches, for example, in the U.S., fines and sanctions for running afoul of state or federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules. The possibility of lawsuits decreases. Often, just conducting an initial safety audit leads to improvements. And a strong safety culture can improve related programs, such as human resources, because having a safer workplace reduces worker discontent and thus eases discipline problems.

But, like many aspects of a business, a workplace safety program is more complicated than it may appear at first. Starting one can be intimidating. A good program requires a commitment to safety in your company, identification of unsafe acts and conditions in your business, basic and advanced safety training...

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    G. C. 12 months ago
    Safety program at work place is the central drive for better safety management at work place and ensure the monitoring of safety compliance are met for the better workplace for all employees.