Depending on the size of your company and your operating countries, obligations and company departments involved might be different.
In more than 50 employees corporation, safety can be managed by several teams ranging from the facilities team to human resources. Depending on the country you belong, working conditions might also involve government guidance and safety directives involving different groups like unions or specific professional organizations.
In small and medium businesses, safety can be handled by employee representatives and/or middle managers with a specific knowledge of safety rules and processes. These employees can also benefit from training or work schedule accommodation.
Safety and health management teams main objectives are to prevent accident risks, improve work conditions, and protect employee’s health. These objectives can be gathered into 4 main missions:
Safety and health management teams can potentially file legal actions and lawsuits in case of imminent danger. Although risk assessments and threats can be discussed internally on a regular basis, safety teams can also carry out internal investigations in case of an accident.
In the end, safety and health management teams produce global situation synthesis for the corporations they work for : workplace safety, workers health protection, risk assessment, studies sharing.
Beyond ethics and moral, workplace safety has become a critical subject because of its impact on the global performance of the company.
Accidents, and occupational diseases can cost a lot of money and weaken an organization in the long, and even mid, term.
Protecting employees and prevent professional risks has become synonymous with efficiency and return on investment. But what should one really implement?
Even before deploying actions in favor of work safety and employees’ health protection, make sure everything is clear with:
Company involvement must fully demonstrated and decisions really based on real work conditions.
Below is a list of the key points to put in perspective when building a risk prevention roadmap: