Ideas and Solutions
for Safer Workplaces
Safety doesn’t cost; it pays. Nevertheless, some leaders worry, “What if we invest all this
money into our employees, and then
But what if we don’t invest that money
in our employees, and they stay?
Safety investments return workers
home safely and bring them back to
work. We could book a backlog of work,
but without skilled labor, the payo;
From the Ground Up
Organizations build strong safety
cultures from the ground up using
consistent, dedicated e;orts. Top-down commitment, however, is critical.
Companies with strong safety cultures
and top-down commitment to those
cultures usually excel across business.
“I’ve seen ;rsthand ine;ective and
failed safety-in-name-only programs,”
The Oscar W. Larson Co. “Generally, these
programs share the same de;ning fea-
ture: no buy-in from upper management.
If they are not supported at the highest
level, they are destined for mediocracy at
best or failure at worst.”
Three principles summarize how to
achieve better safety rates: train, provide
From Ground Up to Top Down
Build or Improve Your Health
and Safety Program
Train, Provide and Supervise
Implement a well-written accident prevention program (OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart C).
This commonly is a handbook distributed to employees to keep with them at all times and especially on-site. Keep a corporate version (perhaps more in-depth) at the o;ce, where the owner
makes edits as OSHA regulations or company policies change. Your company’s safety policies set
the standards by which your employees are expected to work.
Provide employee safety training. Provide employee safety training as onboarding and as
as-needed refreshers. First-month employees are three times more likely than veteran employees
to sustain an injury resulting in lost workdays. Cover the nature of hazards, how to recognize and
control hazards, what protective measures to take and what requirements to follow.
Supervise to ensure training, tools, equipment and PPE are put to best use correctly.
Site safety inspections typically encompass these duties. A supervisor visits a job site or attends
a service call, audits an employee safety performance and corrects de;ciencies if applicable. This
ensures safety compliance and work quality. ( This is where safety and quality begin to complement
Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees at no cost to them. Provide
all PPE except safety-toe shoes, and replace PPE as needed. This applies to any level of PPE to protect
against hazardous workplace exposures. A PPE bag in the petroleum industry typically contains a
hard hat, cut-resistant gloves, safety glasses, chemical goggles, hearing protection, an N95 dust mask,
chemical-resistant gloves, nitrile disposable gloves, a retrore;ective safety vest and a ;rst-aid kit.