In construction and general industry, speed is critical. At busy plants and jobsites, too often safety takes a backseat to productivity. With constant demands from all directions, safety management can become a reactive exercise instead of a productive, proactive process. When you are moving from one crisis to another, never stopping to ensure corrective controls are in place, a hazard can quickly become an injury.
One of the most effective ways to be proactive and stay in front of safety issues is to implement regular work area and task audits. Using a formal audit form or application allows auditors to choose hazards on which to focus and identify the tasks with the highest risk. This month’s Toolbox Talk provides tips on things to look for when performing an audit.
Frontline supervisors and workers play a key role in the audits, as their familiarity with the work area and regular tasks can reveal hazards not obvious to the auditor. Similarly, outsiders can provide a fresh perspective, identifying new hazards and recommending innovative control options to which regular workers have become normalized.
Seeking structure and guidance for your company’s jobsite and task audits? RETTEW’s Safety Consulting group can assist by establishing a thorough audit process and providing efficient and effective recommendations. Our Safety Consultants customize their approach to each unique situation, determining the most cost-effective solution while keeping safety at the forefront.
Since the last Safety Net, OSHA has delayed enforcement of its construction standard for silica from June 23, 2017 to September 23, 2017. Additional information can be found here.
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