3. A safety management system (SMS) pays off
Costs that are directly associated with occupational accidents can be minimized, by the introduction of a suitable safety management system (SMS). If you have not yet introduced an SMS, a calculation example is also worth to help back up your argument.
To implement an SMS successfully, four central elements of occupational health and safety must first be introduced, implemented and tested:
Testing of equipment
In the risk assessment, the risks of individual activities are identified and evaluated. However, risk assessment is also stored ideas and planning for measures that the company can implement. Think of working conditions in areas such as ergonomics, lighting, climate or physical stress, at the workplace. Not every measure is feasible. Nevertheless, it is advisable to assess factors holistically with regard to preventive occupational health and safety.
In the safety instructions, all hazards at the workplace are discussed in dialogue, and measures for prevention or minimization are explained. In some cases, exercises with equipment or with the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) are also necessary. Those responsible are encouraged to subject instructions to an effectiveness check.
In the training sessions, all risks that can arise at the workplace are discussed collaboratively and actions to prevent and minimize the risks are formulated. In some cases, exercises with company equipment or PPE may be necessary. Responsible parties are therefore required to check the effectiveness of such trainings. A written proof of training is also required.
As part of a risk assessment, an interval and scope of the testing of equipment must be specified. These also, result from the manufacturer's specifications and official requirements for plant safety. The competence of the examiner should also be noted in the risk assessment.
All four elements require documentation in which the people responsible and implementation dates are determined. The improved organization of occupational health and safety protects the company from unnecessary costs.
Presenting a solid plan for the use of SMS to management and leadership, will enhance the probability that your project will be taken seriously.