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Praise for Workplace Safety

Straightforward in approach, Workplace Safety: A Guide for Small and Midsized Companies helps you create the basic elements of a successful safety program, reduce and contain certain workers' compensation costs, and provides a basic understanding of OSHA compliance regulations. This book provides updated information and real-world examples illustrating how to prevent and confront the common health and safety issues that arise in the workplace.

"Finally . . . a user-friendly, efficient, and effective risk management and loss control tool for everyday business.? Workplace Safety will actually save lives, prevent injuries, and help every reader to avoid the financial hardship and administrative nightmare associated with any injury.?Thank you Steve and Dan for bringing safety out of the classroom and putting it on the front line where it belongs."
—Scott M. Primiano, founder of Polestar Performance Programs, Inc. and author of Hard Market Selling: Thriving in the New Insurance Era

"This book is a 'must-have' for those looking for a comprehensive but easy-to-follow resource around which to build an effective workplace safety program. It provides the perfect mix of well-thought-out strategy and practical tools to address illness and injury in the workplace. Being 'too small' is no longer a viable excuse for not getting started."
—Richard A. Coskren, principal, Windsong Consulting Services

"This is an action-oriented guidebook for small and midsized companies. The field of safety management has long-awaited such a comprehensive look at the dimensions of responsibility in building safe cultures."
—Patricia Senecal, MA, consultant in organizational behavior, coauthor of Safety Committees That Work: The Essential Guide for Managers and Employees

"This book is a perfect guide for any organization, from those drafting their first formal safety plan to those looking to fine tune an existing program. Thompson and Hopwood go beyond the discussion of regulatory compliance and focus on proven strategies that help businesses lower overhead costs by preventing injuries and illnesses. This book is essential for any small or midsized company looking to maintain its competitive edge."
—Eric R. Dill, Director of Risk Management, San Dieguito Union High School District

"This book is a terrific introduction and hands-on guide to implementing effective employee safety programs for owners, managers and technical professionals who do not have a safety background.?Workplace Safety clearly lays out the logic and key elements used by safety and loss control professionals to structure management policies and employee involvement programs for safety unique to the nature of the organization. It updates traditional safety ideas into a strategic context that emphasizes the importance of integrating safety into the management's fundamental goals and objectives."
—Kate Storms, CSP, Loss Control Manager, American All Risk Insurance Services, San Francisco

"Job safety is the lifeblood and paramount goal of our members.?With the techniques and philosophy described by Steve and Dan, ConAPA has attained lower insurance premiums and safety workplaces, which compels small business owners to instill a safe work environment."
—Gene J. Magre, President, ConAPA, Inc.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is the best 35 bucks you’ll likely spend regarding your business’s health and well-being, as it guides the reader into creating a program tailored to suit their own situation, not relying on someone else’s “one size fits all” generic program." (Worksafely.com; 8/2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780782136043
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/21/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Hopwood, MPH, ARM, CBCP, is Director of Risk Management for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.?He has both managed and owned risk consulting firms in addition to being an officer and manager for insurance companies and brokerages. He has specialized in the development and management of safety and risk management programs, with a broad-based industry focus. Dan has taught at San Diego City College and San Diego State University. He created and managed the Occupational Safety and Health Management Certificate Program within the San Diego State University College of Extended Studies. He holds a BS in health sciences/industrial safety and a master of public health (MPH) with a concentration in occupational health, both from San Diego State.

Steve Thompson, ARM, COSS, is President and cofounder of Thompson/Currier, an employee-owned consulting company providing business improvement strategies to commercial, government, and nonprofit organizations. He has a long track record of working to improve safety in the workplace through his founding of the Workers' Compensation Training Consortium and teaching at the college level. He has served in safety and health management positions for small, medium, and large companies, and he has helped hundreds of companies improve their business operations, human resources functions, and safety and health programs. He is a former air force medic, and holds a BS in health care management from Southern Illinois University.

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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?

Taking Stock.

Chapter 3: Creating an Effective Workplace Safety Program.

Core Regulatory Requirements.

Establishing Goals.

Safety as a Company Value.

Management Commitment and Responsibility.

Employee Involvement.

Work-Site Analysis.

Hazard Recognition and Resolution.

Training and Education.


Best Practices.

Chapter 4: Critical Safety Considerations: Focusing Workplace Safety Efforts.

Taking a Look Back.

Critical Connections: Safety and Special Hazards.

Specific Hazards Review.

Best Practices.

Chapter 5: Integrating Advanced Topics.

Emergencies and Related Planning and Response.

Risk Management.

Moral and Ethical Considerations in Workplace Safety.

Best Practices.

Chapter 6: Workers' Compensation and Insurance.

Workers' Compensation.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2007

    Helpful guidance on keeping your workplace safe

    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.

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