In addition to OSHA's requirements that employers have Safety Programs under many of its regulations, company owners and managers agree that it is generally cost effective to develop a general, written Safety Program for the entire facility or operation. Employers in all industries have found that having a pro-active Safety Program actually increases productivity and profitability while contributing to reduced workers comp costs.
EMS will evaluate your facility and operations to determine which areas should be included in a Safety Program. EMS will evaluate each area and/or activity using Job Hazard Analysis tools to determine the appropriate engineering controls, work practices and personal protective equipment are necessary to provide a safe working environment and bring your operations into OSHA compliance. This information will be incorporated into a written Site Safety Program.
If you already have a Safety Program, EMS can perform a Safety Audit of your existing health and safety practices and chart them against your Program, defined safety management system guidelines and compliance standards. We will make recommendations as to what corrective actions, if any, will be required to bring activities into compliance both with your written Safety Program and with OSHA regulations. In this way you can provide your workers a safe workplace and allow your company achieve OSHA compliance. We can also provide Safety Inspection and Monitoring services.
Areas that EMS can evaluate include Fall Protection, Personal Protective Equipment, HazCom, Industrial Hygiene, Respiratory Protection and Powered Industrial Trucks.
Safety Audits focus on an organization's safety management system, which includes safety programs and all other safety activities within the organization. The audit looks at all the components of the system (i.e. near miss & incident reporting, Job Safety Analysis, root cause analysis, follow-up procedures, etc) fit together and how effective each safety program is. They are performed infrequently--maybe 1, 2 or 3 times a year.
A Safety Inspection is a thorough examination of the workplace, the purpose of which is to ensure a safe working environment by detecting existing and potential hazards so they can be corrected before an incident occurs.
Job Hazard Analysis involves looking at operations at a facility and breaking each operation down into its component tasks. Each task can then be analyzed for potential hazards and risks. Once Job Hazard Analysis is completed, we'll recommend administrative and engineering controls or personal protective equipment to abate potential hazards.
Falls from heights are a hazard in many workplaces. With the recent approval of the ANSI Z359 standards for fall protection and fall protection programs in General Industry, the playing field has changed. EMS offers training for workers and competent persons. The worker course includes OSHA requirements, hazard identification, protective systems and the importance of pre-planning for fall protection. The competent person course adds use and application of conventional and specialized fall protection systems and rescue considerations.
Workers are exposed to thousands of chemicals every day. OSHA requires that every workplace where hazardous chemicals are used develops a written Hazard Communication (HazCom) program. We will conduct the chemical inventory required by the hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) and prepare a written HazCom Program.