Safety Should Be A Reflex
Safety should be part of a business’ ongoing training for all staff. While the content may need to be adjusted based on the job requirements, it is a necessary topic for all.
Everyone that is hired should go through some type of safety training if they work in a hazardous environment. They need to know and be able to recognize the hazards and understand the policies in place to protect employees from those hazards. In addition, they need to understand the procedures for preventing injury or reporting one if it should occur. This training will also provide the protocol for who to report to and what information needs to be provided.
One of the biggest complaints for staff in attending regular training is that they already know the information; they have heard it all before. However, this is actually not usually the case. Regulations change so often and policies and procedures are updated that staff needs to be made aware of them. Regular training allows managers the opportunity to provide the updated information to better ensure the safety of their workers.
This is also a good time to address issues that are ongoing. Employees should be made to feel comfortable in bringing up concerns they may have. After all, they are the eyes and ears of the company. They may see problems that could become serious in the future.
Besides new staff, anyone involved in any high-risk work or those who wear protective equipment should undergo regular training. Managers and supervisors should also be involved. Everyone in the workforce needs training on how to respond to emergencies. The amount and type of training will be different in various industries and by the job descriptions. There are many dangers and hazards surrounding the technicians doing the actual work and repairs. Be sure to have adequate ventilation, a clean and organized body shop, properly stowed paint and solvents in properly labeled HAZMAT lockers and up to date education on the lasted bumper repair techniques. All reputable collision repair centers are aware and abide by rules and regulations set up, established and enforced by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair. Watch a YouTube Video a of very good auto body shop in Chula Vista, California.
The importance of safety training should not be overlooked. If you have never organized or conducted safety training before, you should work with someone experienced in your industry to ensure that you don’t miss any important information. OSHA also assists managers and HR with ongoing safety training.
There are three Department of Labor (DOL) agencies that have the job of administering and enforcing laws that have been put in place to protect the safety and health of employees in the workforce.
○ administers the OSH Act
○ regulate health and safety conditions in many private industries
OSHA handles most of the enforcement and administration of the OSH Act in states that are under federal jurisdiction, but some states are also responsible for this task under the guidance of OSHA.
○ Primary job is to enforce the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 to protect those who work in the country’s mines.
○ The Act is applicable to all mining and mineral companies regardless of the method of extraction they use or the number of employees they have.
○ This act sets restrictions for employment, including age, length of work days, and even the jobs that may be performed by those under the age of 18.
Most companies will be affected by one or more of these agencies based on their industry and the people they hire. Any new business owner or manager is required to learn the laws and regulations for federal compliance as well as any state regulations that must be followed. For instance, if they hire minors, they must be aware of the limits for work and what jobs they cannot perform.
States may set even stricter laws for the employment of minors. They set the minimum age of employment that can vary from 14 or even younger in certain cases to 16 or 18 years of age. Before hiring anyone under the age of 18, it is important to know the limitations to protect your company from serious consequences.
The same agencies that oversee and monitor workplace safety also install mandatory life saving certification for certain key positions that are held in different industries. The importance of BLS for healthcare providers should not be overlooked. Although it is not a requirement for many industry positions it has benefit for all. Not only does it empower employees with basic life saving skills in an emergency situation it also provides an atmosphere and culture of trust and security among management and workers. Make CPR first aid certification a first priority when it comes to basic safety and procedure infrastructure for your business.