Resolve to establish a health and safety maintenance schedule

By: January 13th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

This month, many people made New Year’s resolutions. A study by the University of Washington in Seattle estimates that 100 million Americans annually resolve to live healthier and happier lives and that 63 percent of those resolutions are still on track by the end of February.

The key to keeping a resolution is having a system in view and close at hand, according to the study. And it also helps if the system makes its user look good in the eyes of others.

So, how about resolving to create a safer and healthier workplace by sticking to a health and safety maintenance schedule?

There is a myriad of things you need to check on a weekly, monthly, semiannual, and annual basis, not only to be in compliance with OSHA but to stay on the right side of other local and state regulatory agencies and accreditation programs.

Download the Health and Safety Program Maintenance Checklist from the Tools page, and keep it at hand to gently remind you about your safety resolution.

In addition to a personal reminder, use it as a discussion starter in safety meetings or to delegate safety checks to other staff. Weekly and monthly items, such as checks on eyewash stations, spill kits, exit signs, and fire extinguishers are good tasks for delegation.

The list is good to have in the event of an OSHA inspection, and bring it to your next performance evaluation to show that your duties as safety officer are a year-round responsibility.

Do you have other unusual tools or tricks to keep your facility OSHA compliant? Let us know by commenting below.


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