The WSO GCC National/Chapter SME Consultants will collaborate with the client’s organization to identify the specific needs. Then the consultant will apply the Safety Management System (developed by WSO GCC) to the existing Safety Management System (if any) of the client or incorporate it to the current process of the organization. WSO GCC SMS customized solutions enable immediate results and offer a working process for continual performance improvement. WSO GCC consultants begin with detailed assessments of the client’s contracted operations, processes and performance history. WSO GCC SME consultants then create tailored solutions that work within the client’s management system to produce results. In the process, the WSO GCC SMS solutions can also help to optimize your business processes, energy efficiency, and environmental management.
The WSO GCC Safety Management System solution will be based on the Six (6) Steps of Effective Workers / Contractor Management, developed by WSO GCC based on international standards and best industry practice.
The Ten (10) Essential Elements of Excellence in Workplace Safety likewise provide a reliable benchmark for evaluating and improving the cultural component of effective safety management. By incorporating the methodologies into the client’s system, WSO GCC SME Consultant can help the client’s organization complete capital projects and plant turnarounds safely, on time and within budget.
1. Check Fire Prevention Equipment Monthly
One of the most important things that you can put in place NOW is to put someone in-charge of checking all of your fire prevention equipment. Appoint someone (the maintenance department usually does this in larger companies) to go around the building and check all the fire extinguishers to be sure they’re charged up properly and not damaged in any way. Also, all the emergency lighting, exit signs, and smoke detectors in the facility need to be checked and batteries or units replaced as needed.
2. Keep Walkways/Exits Clear
Any walkways and exits should be cleared of any trip hazards, equipment, or crates and boxes that may be blocking them. These are hazards because they cause issues with escape in case of a fire or other emergency situation. Also, walkways with trip hazards are one of the leading causes of work-related injuries. Although these injuries tend to be minor, even a minor injury can cost a substantial amount of money, not to mention work hours and productivity loss.
3. Have Emergency Action Plans Reviewed
This is something that should ideally be done once a year by an outside source. WSO SME Consultants often make a lot of changes in policies, procedures, equipment over the course of a year, and often don’t revamp the safety policies to reflect those changes. Having your procedures reviewed once a year is a good practice, even if it turns out no changes need to be made.
4. Comprehensive PPE Plan That All Employees Follow
ALL employees, including all management, should always follow the same PPE procedures. If safety glasses or hardhats are required in certain areas, they are required for everyone and should be made available for everyone. Any damaged PPE should be replaced immediately, and signs should be posted in areas where PPE is required.
5. Trained Employees In First Aid/CPR/AED
Each shift (and area if it’s a large building) should have people on it who are certified in CPR/AED/First Aid procedures. Larger companies might actually want to have a first responder team set up for emergencies as well. Having people who are certified in these procedures can save lives.
6. Machine Guards In Place
All machinery and equipment should have the guards in use at all times, with NO exceptions. You can do a preliminary check if you have equipment in your facility to make sure that these guards are in place, and let it be known in no uncertain terms that these are mandatory and that if they are not used properly that there will be consequences. Improper machine guarding is another leading cause of work-related injuries, and definitely one of the most preventable.
7. Job Safety Analysis
This is another thing that should be done for each position in the company. Hazards in each job area and description should be identified and preventative measures taken where necessary.
8. Office Safety (Heaters under desks, etc…)
Everything that’s been spoken of so far should be done throughout the entire workplace, including the offices, but often we think of danger lurking only on the shop floor, warehouses, and docks and forget that the offices have certain hazards as well. Things like jumbled electrical cords or cords that have shorts in them or bare spots are dangerous. Surge protectors should be used as often as possible. Electrical heaters, candles, and heating elements for coffee or tea should be off limits because it’s too easy to forget to turn them off, or to have them located too close to flammable objects. Offices and work areas need to be kept tidy and walkways clear of clutter.
9. SDS – Hazardous Communications
Employers are required to provide information to their employees about the hazardous chemicals to which they are exposed and using. This is done through a hazard communication program, labels and other forms of warnings, updated safety data sheets (SDS), and information and training. There should be an SDS readily available for any chemicals which are either in use or in storage on the property. An SDS lists the chemical, supplier information, precautionary statements, hazard pictograms, signal words, hazard statements, and other supplemental information. It should be referred to whenever working with a new chemical or when there’s a spill or dangerous situation to find out how to control and render it inactive. Improper SDS is one of the top ten on the OSHA and other Occupational Safety Regulatory Bodies violations every year, but having this information in place can also save lives.
10. Work Permit System - LOCKOUT/TAGOUT Procedures
Any place with machinery needs to have a lockout/tagout procedure plan in place and make sure all employees are trained in those procedures. Improper lockout/tagout procedures are on the top ten for OSHA and other Occupational Safety Regulatory Bodies violations every year, and often in the top five for causing devastating injuries or deaths. Lockout/tagout takes time and money to properly implement, but in the end it saves your conscience AND your money.
A formal written system used to control certain types of work that are potentially hazardous. A permit-to-work is a document which specifies the work to be done and the precautions to be taken. Permits-to-work form will be developed by WSO GCC cosultant based on the nature of work identified onsite that will be an essential part of safe systems of work for project's activities.