Safety In The Workplace

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There are real and palpable benefits to developing, instituting and constant evaluation of a corporate culture of safety. By mandating a safe work place an employer can keep employees working, and working for their company because they feel safer and valued. The company can keep schedules and projected and required deadlines because accidents and injuries will produce work time lost or slowed. The company can use a culture of safety to recruit new employees and build their reputation by being a safe company (Cesarini, Hall, & Kupiec, 2013). An actual culture of safety is a full team effort. From share holders, corporate leaders, managers, supervisors to boots on the ground workers each have an important role to play. It requires more than …show more content…
In ethical decision making and planning the writers of this article, John Arras and Bruce Jennings, both of whom are Fellows at the Hastings Center have pointed out that there are seven basic ethical goals in relation to preparedness. They are reduce any harm to be done while promoting health and well being. Plan activities that promote health and reductions of potential injuries, illnesses, and disability related to emergencies as well as potential fatalities. Preparation for disasters should take in to consideration for equal rights and human rights meaning preparations have to consider human dignity and equal rights in protecting all persons. Preparations must ensure that any harm and benefits are spread equally among the persons under the corporate umbrella. For accountability purposes the protective program must be transparent and include all employees and community members in order to build a bond of trust. Preparedness should be purposeful in developing resistance to hazards and the ability to respond to return to business as normal as soon as possible. Appropriate preparation to protect the company, the employees and the community should incorporate the participation of public health professionals for their experience, knowledge and abilities to help in coordinating and appropriate response within the company safety program. Preparedness and appropriate responses by owners, …show more content…
Therefore it is very important to define what would constitute an emergency evacuation, what the chain of command would be and identify who can make the choice as to evacuate or not and what actions to be taken or not taken. There must be a clear plan of action in relation to exits for each area to use and routes to be taken to access those exits. This plan must be posted in areas where all employees can review these plans. There must be a part of the plan to assist any workers, visitors or general public in the area with disabilities. There must be a part of the plan of any remaining employees procedure for any shut down processes they must undertake or critical operations they must continue. There must be a well recognized threshold of when remaining workers should abandon activates and seek safety themselves. Finally there must be a planned area of meeting back together once evacuated and accountability for everyone who is present and recognition of who may be missing. Finally in evacuation specific topics consider transportation needs for those not injured and seeking emergency medical attention via first responders ("How to Plan for Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations - OSHA Publication | Occupational Safety and Health Administration",

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