Advanced Project Safety
Finally the last step to truly achieve excellence in Construction Project Safety is to integrate safety into the management process of the company. While ANSI z-10 and soon to be released ISO 450001 are specifically written as a guide safety management system guide and system of best practices, there are several other sources to consider. OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program is designed to recognize companies that go beyond compliance and achieve full participation in safety. The National Safety Councils Accident Prevention Manual has long been a collection of best practices in prevention. The University of Texas in Austin and over one hundred construction firms study and present best practices for the construction industry through the consorted efforts of the Construction Industry Institute. Lastly OSH EU and HSE UK offer the best practices in safety from Europe. Going beyond compliance is the only way to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities in construction.
If you are ready to move beyond basic compliance and project safety, contact a representitive today to discuss how we can help implement a 3-5 year strategy to integrate safety into your organization's structure.
Created in 1982, OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs recognize and partner with businesses and work-sites that show excellence in occupational safety and health. Sites are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards. VPP participants develop and implement systems to effectively identify, evaluate, prevent, and control occupational hazards to prevent employee injuries and illnesses. As a result, the average VPP work-site has a lost workday incidence rate at least 50 percent below the average of its industry. OSHA removes participants from programmed inspection lists.
The Z10 standard provides an overall blueprint for widespread benefits in health and safety, as well as in productivity, financial, performance, quality and other organizational and business objectives. The standard’s seven sections include Management Leadership and Employee Participation, Planning, Implementation and Operation, Evaluation and Corrective Action and lastly Management Review. Appendices address roles and responsibilities, policy statements, assessment and prioritization, audit information and much more.
The Z10 standard also provides critical management systems requirements and guidelines for improvement of occupational health and safety. Experts from labor, government, professional organizations and industry formulated this valuable standard after extensive examination of current national and international standards, guidelines and practices.
For more than 50 years, professionals have relied on the Accident Prevention Manuals for unbiased, well-researched information on best practices in safety and health. The manuals outline industry standards for progressive safety programs and administrative practices reflecting current industry trends and regulations. If you are looking for a comprehensive manual to improve or implement industry best practices, Accident Prevention Manual is it.
- Four Accident Prevention Manuals:
- Administration and Programs, 14th edition;
- Engineering & Technology, 14th edition;
- Environment Management, 2nd edition;
- Security Management.
The Construction Industry Institute, based at The University of Texas in Austin, is a consortium of more than 130 leading owner, engineering-contractor, and supplier firms from both the public and private arenas. These organizations have joined together to enhance the business effectiveness and sustainability of the capital facility life cycle through CII research, related initiatives, and industry alliances. A learning organization with a wealth of knowledge and information, CII is unique in the engineering and construction industry.
Worldwide, over 6300 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases - that’s nearly 2.3million every year.
The burden of occupational injuries and diseases is significant, both for employers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence and rising insurance premiums.
To combat the problem, ISO is developing a new standard, ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems - Requirements, that will help organizations reduce this burden by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.
The standard is currently being developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts, and will follow other generic management system approaches such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. It will take into account other International Standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labor Organization's ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO's international labor standards and conventions.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness. It acts in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain's workplaces.
When combined with USA OSH Regulations, HSE UK provides an advanced frame work for worker safety in construction.
EU-OSHA is the European Union information agency for occupational safety and health. The agency compiles information on European safety statistics and best practices. Here you will find all of EU-OSHA publications and key resources for raising awareness and managing risks: OiRA, OSHwiki, Napo films and Napo for teachers, Publications and online tools. OiRA and the online tools simplify the assessment and management of safety and health risks in the workplace. OSHwiki and other publications are rich sources of information on all aspects of OSH. Napo is an OSH champion that makes everyone smile!
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