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Components of a Safety Management System


In the last post, we talked about how a Safety Management System can help you build a strong safety culture. In this post, we’ll look at the components of a Safety Management System, so you can be sure yours contains all the elements you need to be effective.

  • Company mission statement that describes the desired safety culture
  • Employee applicant screening process that includes in-person interviews
  • Use of job descriptions in the hiring process
  • New Employee Orientation Program that includes both general company safety policies and job-specific safety procedures
  • Accountability policies for all employees to understand what they’ll be held accountable for and how, including disciplinary procedures
  • A full drug-free workplace program that includes pre-employment, random, post-accident, and for-case testing
  • Continuous training program to include OSHA 10- and 30-hour training and competent persons training
  • Job-specific training and daily job task analysis
  • Jobsite-specific safety program/Job hazard analysis
  • Early Return to Work Program/Light duty Jobs
  • Hazard-specific safety policies and procedures, such as ladder safety, fall protection, electrical, struck-by, crushed-by, trenching & excavation, confined space, scaffolding, hazard communication, PPE use, hand and power tool safety, and equipment safety
  • Self-site safety inspection process with review of inspections by upper management
  • Safety incentive program
  • Environmental safety
  • Subcontractor pre-qualification requirements
  • Designated safety person or 3rd party safety consultant
  • Quarterly Safety Management System review
  • Near-miss, incident, and accident investigations
  • Use of OSHA’s voluntary inspection program
  • Behavior-Based Safety

Although every company is different, most Safety Management Systems will include these components.

If you have questions about how to create your Safety Management System, what components you need, or how to implement a system, give us a call at 864.905.7835, and we’ll set up a time to talk.


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