Best Steps to Implement OHS Policies in Your Business
Lack of understanding and commitment to health and safety issues will keep OHS policies marginalized in the corporate world. It is time for managers to relinquish themselves of false notions and rather focus on valuing their employees. Create a culture of trust and in turn reap unlimited benefits from employee’s limitless devotion. Reduced accidents, marginal work-related health issues, and declining injuries can tremendously increase overall performance and significantly reduce costs.
A six step guideline is devised to assist you in implementing OHS policies for your business:
1. Develop an OHS policy
This stage compromises of devising a broad document, which covers the health and safety policy of the entire organization. This statement should uphold the principles and intent of the organization and the top management. Most importantly it should be clear and understandable because it forms the basis of actions and decisions of pertaining issues. The first step is to involve employees and prepare a draft. Finalize the policy only after all stakeholder’s issues and concerns have been incorporated. Once the OHS policy is finalized, implementation is essential through OHS Committee or Programs. Promoting OHS policy through meetings, newsletters, and notice boards is necessary to create awareness.
2. Involving Employees
A policy could only survive if there is enough support and cooperation from the employees. Involving employees through consultation and committee meetings would be highly recommended.
3. Incorporate the OHS policy in your organization
Creating awareness alone would not do the job. Make the OHS policy a part of your organization and everyone’s responsibility through training and development. It should be kept in mind that OHS is not only specific to floor or technical staff, rather it should involve everyone and become a vital component of everyday life at work. Health and safety policy should be included in induction training, first aid training, emergency procedure training, OTJ training etc.
4. Transform hazard identification and work assessment into a mechanism
A complete overhaul of the designs and processes involved in the workplace is mandatory, including plant and machinery, and set of procedures involved in performing a job. Accurate and timely audits, inspections and investigations should be undertaken to avoid similar incidents in the future. Complaints should be appropriately dealt with and any health and safety issues properly monitored.
5. Develop and execute risk control strategies
Now that an OHS policy is devised and relevant hazards identified; it is time to develop and execute relevant risk control strategies to eliminate exposure to risk. This step involves reviewing engineering controls compromising of equipment designs and methods of performing a task.
Every process is incomplete without a proper review. Loopholes should be identified and improved upon. Appropriate strategies should be maintained and improved. Success related to reduced health injuries and accidents should be communicated.