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Quick win safety management - Stephen Kinsella

Year 2010


INTRODUCTIONPOLICYQ1. What is health and safety?Q2. What is a safety management system?Q3. How is a safety management system organised?Q4. What is the background to the ILO-OSH 2001 safety management system?Q5. What are some of the obstacles to safety management?'Risk-mongers' spreading the wrong messageContradictory messagesLack of SME resourcesQ6. What are the most common hazards in the workplace?Q9. What is the process for writing policy statements?Q10. Who should write our safety management policy statements?Q11. What does an occupational safety and health policy look like?Sample health and safety policy statementQ12. How do we communicate our occupational safety and health policy statement?Q13. What should be included in additional policy statements?Q14. What is meant by worker participation?ORGANISATIONQ15. Who is responsible for safety in an organisation?Q16. How do we define responsibilities and accountabilities?Q17. What does a job description look like?Q18. Why is training an important part of a safety management system?Q19. How do we define competence?Q20. How do we develop safety training?General considerationsSpecific training considerationsQ21. How do we identify our safety training requirements?Size of the organisationJurisdictionsScope and complexity of operationsManagement structureApproach to trainingQ22. How do we control safety management system documents?Q23. How do we format corporate safety documents?Q24. How do we format a work procedure?Q25. What are management procedures?Q26. How do we document management procedures?MP-1 OrganisationMP-2 Hazard PreventionMP-3 Safe Work PracticesMP-4 Evaluation and ImprovementQ27. What is communication?Q28. What information needs to be communicated within a safety management system and how?Q29. Who should receive health and safety information?PLANNING & IMPLEMENTATIONQ30. What is an initial review?Q31. What should be in an initial review?Q32. What is meant by planning, development and implementation?Q33. What safety standards should we adopt?Legal requirementsGood practice and Codes of PracticeIndustry requirementsSenior management requirementsQ34. What are safety management objectives?Q35. How do we decide what occupational safety and health objectives are required?Q36. When should we review our occupational safety and health objectives?Q37. What is planned preventative maintenance?Q38. What are the key elements of a planned preventative maintenance system?Q39. What can be covered under a planned preventative maintenance system?Q40. What are safety plans?Q41. What is risk assessment?Identify the hazardsDecide who may be harmedEvaluate the risks and decide on controlsWrite down your findingsReview and update your assessmentsQ42. Why is the risk assessment process so important?Q43. What are the potential problems with risk assessment?Q44. What does 'reasonably practicable' mean?Q45. What is a hierarchy of control?Q46. How should we use personal protective equipment?Avian fluExposure to noise at in the workplaceQ47. Why is personal protective equipment always at the bottom of a hierarchy of control?You have to comply with regulationsIt is everywhereIt only protects the individual (sort of ...)It must all fit togetherThe final frontierQ48. How can we apply hierarchy of control procedures in practice?Q49. How can we manage occupational noise exposure?Q50. How can we manage working-at-height?Q51. What is a hazard register?Q52. What is a permit-to-work system?Q53. What activities require permit-to-work controls?Q54. What is the lock-out / tag-out system and how is it used in permit-to-work activities?Q55. How should we review our permit-to-work system?Q56. What can happen when a permit-to-work system is not effective?Q57. What is a bridging document?Q58. What is in a bridging document?Q59. What is management of change?Q60. What is an 'in-kind' change?Q61. What should we consider under management of change?Q62. How should we handle management of change?Q63. How do we plan for emergencies?Identification of hazardsPreventative measuresMinimising the effect of an emergencyQ64. How do we plan for fire safety?Q65. How do we prevent fires from occurring?Q66. How do we detect fires and raise the alarm?Q67. How do we handle fire-fighting?Q68. What types of fire-fighting equipment are available?Q69. What means of escape from fire should we plan?Q70. What do we need to do for fire emergency plans and training?Q71. What is procurement?Q72. What needs to be covered under procurement?Q73. How do we control our contractors?Q74. How do we evaluate and select contractors?Q75. How do we plan contractor work prior to commencement?Q76. How do we train and instruct contractors prior to work commencing?Q77. How do we manage and supervise contractors?EVALUATIONQ78. What are leading indicators?Q79. What are lagging indicators?Q80. How do leading and lagging indicators work?Q81. How do we use leading indicators effectively?Q82. How do we collect leading indicator information?Q83. What is occupational safety and health performance?Q84. Why should we measure occupational safety and health performance?Q85. Why should we analyse safety statistics?Q86. Why do accidents happen?Q87. What human errors are contributory factors to accidents?Q88. What workplace factors are contributory factors to accidents?Q89. Why do we investigate accidents?Q90. How do we investigate accidents?Q91. How do we prevent accidents?Q92. What is an audit?Q93. What do we audit against?Q94. How thorough do we need to be in an audit?Q95. How often do we need to audit?Q96. What is a management review?ACTION FOR IMPROVEMENTQ97. What are corrective actions?Q98. How do we manage corrective actions effectively?Q99. What is continual improvement?Q100. Why is continual improvement important?ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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