Q: What steps do we need to take to develop a safety program?
Jill Hoffmann: In developing a safety program, it is important to put together a written program to help outline/document your plan, as well as designate responsibilities.
This should include the following: a safety policy statement signed by the company president or operating officer (this highlights and enforces the importance of safety with top management and the rest of the company); your general company information (i.e. name, address, emergency phone numbers); designation of safety coordinator and the coordinator’s responsibilities; employee reporting and conduct expectations; inspection procedures; hazard correction procedures; accident investigation procedures; disciplinary procedures; employee training (i.e. what topics it will cover, how often it will take place); and record keeping (OSHA 300 log).
A safety committee can also be created to meet monthly and discuss safety/claims within the company.
Jill Hoffmann inspects a greenhouse for safety risks.
Photos courtesy of Hortica