What is a health and safety program?
What is a health and safety program and where does it fit into my management system? If management wishes to reduce the number of incidents (injuries, illnesses, events that generate losses and / or other related costs), everyone should pay as much attention to security problems as to other key management issues such as manufacturing, sales and quality control To be more effective, security must be balanced and integrated into other core business processes.
“Safety first” may sound good, but in reality, security should not look like another program. This should be the core value of the organization. For example, you can change “Safety comes first” to “Security is value”, “Safe production is our only standard” or something for employees. This underlines the idea that it is good to produce as hard and as quickly as possible, if this can be done safely by shms audits.
To get an idea of where security can fit in your organization, answer the questions below.
- Is security an integral part of your business?
- Is teamwork evident in all parts of the organization?
- Do managers and supervisors in production often attend and always comply with all company safety rules?
- Should employees identify security threats and resolve them themselves?
- Do employees have full and open access to all the tools and equipment necessary for safe operation?
If you could answer yes to each of these questions, then you are on your way to creating a successful safety culture. If you want to achieve more, you must work to improve the safety culture in your organization.