Hopwood / Edition 1by Dan Hopwood, Steve Thompson
Pub. Date: 08/21/2006
Drawing on authors Dan Hopwood and Steve Thompson's combined fifty years of experience as practicing safety professionals, teachers, and business managers, Workplace Safety: A Guide for Small and Midsized Companies helps you create a Workplace Safety Plan, save money on workers' compensation insurance costs, comply with regulations, and make the workplace safer
Drawing on authors Dan Hopwood and Steve Thompson's combined fifty years of experience as practicing safety professionals, teachers, and business managers, Workplace Safety: A Guide for Small and Midsized Companies helps you create a Workplace Safety Plan, save money on workers' compensation insurance costs, comply with regulations, and make the workplace safer. This timely book is written with the multitasking manager and business owner of small and midsized businesses in mind and presents practical advice that facilitates making workplace safety a priority without it becoming a burden.
Recognizing that no single plan will work for every business, this guide shows you how to create a Workplace Safety Program that is directly related to your operations, the exposures that exist within it, and the controls necessary to reduce the potential for injuries and illnesses. It will help you determine an effective approach to leading your workplace safety efforts, and includes valuable resources (in the book and online) such as a needs assessment, a twelve-month safety calendar, and OSHA forms.
Key strategies and features include:
- Reducing workers' compensation insurance costs and managing injuries and illness
- Examples of specific safety and health considerations, hazards, and their controls
- Essential information and resources for compliance with OSHA
- A review of advanced topics such as Emergency Planning and Response
- Choosing the right insurance agent/broker and workers' compensation insurance programs
- Going beyond compliancewhat are the "best safety practices" incorporated by successful companies
- Enlightening feedback from top safety professionals: "Greatest Lessons Learned in Achieving Safety Success"
- Corresponding online resource library at www.workplacesafetynow.com
Workplace Safety: A Guide for Small and Midsized Companies shows you how to build a consistent and successful safety program through its user-friendly, nontechnical presentation, to enable you and your staff to efficiently grasp the relationship between injuries and illnesses and regulatory mandates and financial management.
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- New Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.63(d)
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction: What IsWorkplace Safety?
Workplace Safety Management Is Strategic and Tactical.
Workplace Programs: Management at Its Best.
Understanding Two Basic Definitions.
Health and Safety = Illnesses and Injuries.
Workplace Safety Programs and Their Purpose.
Who’s Responsible for Workplace Safety Programs?.
Key Concepts: The Two Most Critical Ones.
Challenges for Those Practicing Safety.
Chapter 2: Taking Stock of Where You Are: A Needs Assessment.
Why Workplace Safety Programs?
Chapter 3: Creating an Effective Workplace Safety Program.
Core Regulatory Requirements.
Safety as a Company Value.
Management Commitment and Responsibility.
Hazard Recognition and Resolution.
Training and Education.
Chapter 4: Critical Safety Considerations: Focusing Workplace Safety Efforts.
Taking a Look Back.
Critical Connections: Safety and Special Hazards.
Specific Hazards Review.
Chapter 5: Integrating Advanced Topics.
Emergencies and Related Planning and Response.
Moral and Ethical Considerations in Workplace Safety.
Chapter 6: Workers' Compensation and Insurance.
Insurance Agents and Brokers.
One Alternative to Workers' Compensation.
Beyond Workers' Compensation.
Chapter 7: Greatest Lessons Learned in Achieving Safety Success.
Creating a Safety Culture.
12 Greatest Lessons Learned about Achieving Safety Success.
Selected References and Resources.
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Many workplaces seem quite safe. There are no open mine-shafts to fall into, no baths of sulfuric acid to spill, no explosives lying about ready to be ignited. And yet, according to professional safety consultants Dan Hopwood and Steve Thompson, every workplace needs a detailed, current and well-documented program to protect the health and safety of employees. While the hazards have changed, the risk of injury remains. Rather than spiraling down a mine-shaft, a worker might get a repetitive stress injury. Rather than spilling acid in the doughnuts, a worker might pull a muscle lifting a heavy box. Rather than dropping a cigarette onto some dynamite, a worker might inhale an irritant that causes a chronic lung condition. In each case, the results can include missed work, disrupted lives, insurance claims that increase your premiums and fines for regulatory violations. This brief book will help you avoid all that, whether you are just starting your safety program or re-engineering it. Many checklists and useful appendices nicely complement the text. We feel safe recommending this sensible guide.