Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace for their employees. Without the guarantee of a safe environment, employees can’t be expected to perform their jobs effectively. Instead of being able to focus on their tasks and duties, they’re probably watching their backs, afraid of the hazards and dangers that might lurk around each corner. It’s the sole responsibility of a dedicated safety and risk management director to make sure employees feel safe and are protected from all potential hazards.

Oversee physical equipment

A safety and risk management director is a leader in the workplace, able to motivate and inspire other employees so that everyone buys into safety rules and works together to make sure the workplace is as safe as possible. A high attention to detail helps the safety director examine workplace conditions to make sure they conform to OSHA standards. All employees should have and use safe tools and all equipment should be properly maintained.

Report and document all accidents

But despite best efforts, the safety director can’t prevent all accidents, and then it’s their job to report them. All fatalities must be reported to the nearest OSHA office within 8 hours and all work-related hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours. Keep track of work-related injuries and illnesses and provide employees and their union representatives access to this log. They should also have access to employee medical records and exposure records, if necessary.

Apply safety procedures

The safety and risk management director is responsible for implementing all standards, rules, and regulations issued by OSHA to make sure serious hazards are removed, as well as suggesting methods that might prevent injuries. The director should establish and update operating procedures and communicate them so employees follow safety and health requirements.

Ensure that safety laws are being observed

There are state, local, and federal laws and regulations that must be adhered to, including safety training in a language that vocabulary that workers can understand. Post safety posters, informing your employees of their rights and responsibilities. If there are any safety violations or citations, they have to be corrected before the predetermined deadline.

Determine unsafe conditions

Use color codes, posters, labels or signs to warn employees of potential hazards. If you have hazardous chemicals in the workplace, the safety and risk management director has to develop and implement a written communication program training employees on the hazards they’re exposed to. Post citations from OSHA at or near the work area involved in the citation. It has to remain posted until it’s been corrected or for three working days, whichever is longer.

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