Safety compliance in the workplace keeps your employees and your property safe. Better still, when your business is found to be compliant with Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) regulations, you become eligible for lower insurance premiums.
Most companies implement health and safety compliance in one of two ways — the first way is to have an in-house health and safety employee or department, and the second way is to outsource the job to a consulting firm.
Contracting a consultant to help with safety compliance has its benefits. Here is what you can expect from a health and safety consultant.
What does a health and safety consultant do?
Once a safety consultant gets a new client, they usually assume a number of responsibilities. The consultant is expected to:
Determine how safe the workplace is
The consultant will perform an initial inspection of the client’s premises and work sites. During the inspection, the consultant will identify hazards and check for the presence of measures like adequate safety signage, fire exits and fire extinguishers.
The consultant will use this information to provide an assessment on how compliant their client is.
Provide safety training
The consultant will assess the needs of the firm and recommend training that is tailor-made for their client. They will provide general training like fire protection, emergency action plans and first aid.
For clients that have specialized needs, the consultant will also provide specialized training:
- For manufacturing and construction firms, a consultant will provide courses like electrical hazards, machine lockout, machine guarding and noise protection
- For construction and telecommunication companies, a consultant will provide height safety training
- For clients in the medical field, a consultant will provide courses that teach employees to handle hazardous biological materials
- A consultant will also offer training on how to handle hazardous materials to clients that deal with the storage, use or transportation of hazardous substances
The consultant may provide extra training to some employees in order to make them capable of training newly hired staff.
Design safety procedures
Over and above providing safety training, a consultant works with the client to create safety procedures that will be followed by employees. These procedures are tailor-made to the client’s workflow and production processes. They cover day-to-day work activities as well as emergencies.
Safety procedures help a company reduce hazards caused by employee behavior, like negligence. They also help to minimize the risk of accidents.
Emergency procedures instruct the employees on what to do in case of something unexpected. Some examples are lockdown procedures, fire escape routes and emergency communication protocols. They help to mitigate events like accidents, attacks or fires.
Come up with safety manuals
Again, the consultant will consider the unique needs of their client to create a safety manual. The manual will detail all the client’s safety procedures. It will also specify the different types of safety courses needed by different categories of employees.
The consultant will perform periodic safety inspections to make sure that there are no hazards in the client’s premises and work sites. They will use the inspections to enforce the use of safety gear and other safety measures.
Once a consultant becomes satisfied with the client’s safety standards, they will provide certification that is useful in getting well-priced insurance premiums.
Should you use a consultant?
If your company is not large enough to have a health and safety department, you should definitely find yourself a consultant that can guide you through OSHA regulations. A skilled professional will lower the risk of workplace accidents and the costs that come with them. They will also make sure that you never fail a safety inspection.
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