Managing workplace safety can be frustrating if you have to play catch-up with accidents, injuries, and illnesses that have already happened. The number and rate of injuries and illnesses in your facility are lagging indicators. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued guidance for employers that want to get ahead of safety and health in their facilities. The agency recommends tracking indicators to bolster the core elements of an effective safety and health management program. OSHA lists management leadership; worker participation; hazard identification and assessment; hazard prevention and control; education and training; program evaluation; and communication and coordination among host employers, contractors, and staffing agencies as core elements in its Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs. (Source: Business & Legal Resources, 2019).
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