Evaluating Your Safety Program By Art Sodermark
Creating a comprehensive safety program demonstrates management’s commitment to provide a safe and
healthful workplace. It also indicates that the employer is
aware of the legal and moral obligations involved with regard
to exposing employees to conditions that may cause injury,
illness or death.
But launching even a well-designed safety program is
not enough. Given what a safety program is designed to
accomplish and the amount of money involved, it makes
sense to evaluate the effectiveness of the safety program from
time to time.
Over the course of a company’s life, the twists and turns
are enormous. The workforce evolves;
management changes; customers come and go;
new technologies replace old systems; cultures
shift; and budgets expand and contract.
Business practices and strategies are monitored and
adjusted to flow with these changes. Typically, however, the
safety program continues on status quo. The safety policies
that were put in place to meet one set of circumstances remain
in place even as those circumstances change.
If the intent of a safety program is truly to ensure the
well-being of employees and to cover the employer’s legal