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Who is Responsible?. 2 Course Objectives  Help you decide that safety IS everybody’s business and why  Provide you with an understanding of accident.

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1 Who is Responsible?

2 2 Course Objectives  Help you decide that safety IS everybody’s business and why  Provide you with an understanding of accident causes  Explain safety responsibilities  For both employees and employers  Introduce you to general safety topics  Chemical safety, lab safety, office safety

3 3 Why Worry about Safety? Why do you need to be concerned about safety? Hurt DOL EPA $$$ $ Lost time WC Pain! Loss

4 4 Why Worry? Common Reasons 1.Getting hurt isn’t fun!!! Not All Pain is Gain Nobody likes getting hurt Healthy employees are more productive employees

5 5 Why Worry? Common Reasons 1.Getting hurt isn’t fun!!! 2. Cost of Accidents $80,000,000+ Annually for the State of Georgia

6 6 Cost of Accidents Direct Costs ▪Medical Costs (including workers’ comp) ▪Indemnity Payments Indirect Costs ▪Time Lost (by worker and supervisor) ▪Schedule delays ▪Training new employees ▪Cleanup time/equipment repairs ▪Legal fees

7 7 Cost of Accidents On average, the indirect costs of accidents exceed the direct costs by a 4:1 ratio. The Iceberg Effect

8 8 Cost of Accidents What does that mean for the State of Georgia ? ▪FY 2011: claims for $75,000,000+ YTD (Direct costs in Workers’ Compensation) Multiply by four to estimate indirect costs to the University

9 9 Why Worry? Common Reasons 1.Getting hurt isn’t fun!!! 2.Cost of Accidents 3. Legal Issues and Liability

10 10 Legal Issues and Liability As a result of safety violations: ▪You can be named in a lawsuit ▪Criminal charges may be filed against you ▪You can be cited by an enforcement agency ▪You can be fined by an enforcement agency ▪Your agency could lose funding

11 11 Legal Issues and Liability Because of personal liability, you can be named as a defendant in a lawsuit. ▪Working for the State does not protect you from gross negligence.

12 12 Legal Issues and Liability You can have criminal charges filed against you. ▪Negligent supervisors and employers have been charged with manslaughter.

13 13 Legal Issues and Liability You can be cited by an enforcement agency: ▪State Department of Labor (DOL) ▪EPA ▪Others depending on operation

14 14 Legal Issues and Liability Cease and desist orders: if the violations are serious enough, agencies such as DOL, OSHA, and the EPA can (and will) shut down the job site until the problems are corrected.

15 So how do you protect yourself? ????????

16 16 Understanding Accident Causes Accidents are caused by: ▪Unsafe conditions ▪Unsafe acts

17 17 Accident Causes Unsafe Conditions ▪Easiest to correct (and very cost effective) ▪Easiest to prevent Safety audits Safety inspections Maintenance schedules for equipment Encourage employee reporting Good housekeeping

18 18 Accident Causes Unsafe Acts ▪Most difficult to address Changing behavior isn’t easy ▪Best prevented by developing a “safety culture”

19 19 Safety Cultures Establish accountability for safety Define safety responsibilities

20 20 Establishing Accountability: Performance Evaluations Employees should be evaluated on their safety performance. ▪Doing a job correctly includes doing it safely. Job descriptions generally include generic items such as: ▪“Must follow all general and safety policies and procedures as established by the department or agency.”

21 21 Establishing Accountability Charge back systems Safety goals ▪Accident costs Equipment damage Lost time ▪Accident rates First aid #s Workers’ comp #s ▪Loss ratios (including automobile rates) Safety Activities ▪Safety meetings, inspections, using PPE

22 22 Defining Responsibilities Employee responsibilities include: ▪Recognizing safety hazards ▪Reporting safety hazards ▪Maintaining good housekeeping ▪Working safely ▪Using personal protective equipment (PPE) ▪Making the most of safety training

23 23 Defining Responsibilities Employer responsibilities include: ▪Providing access to information Haz Com - MSDSs, written program Bloodborne Pathogens – written program Lab Safety – chemical hygiene plan

24 24 Defining Responsibilities Employer responsibilities (cont.) ▪Providing training Hazard Communications –Annual & within first 30 days of employment; also when new hazards are introduced Quarterly safety training Special programs –Laboratory –Bloodborne pathogens –Respirators –Forklifts

25 25 So what does all this mean? It means that safety is everybody’s responsibility! From the moral aspect to the legal aspect, we all benefit from a safe work environment.


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