Many construction companies host a Safety Week once a year as a way to refocus and reenergize our commitment to reducing injuries on jobsites. Below are some ideas on how to conduct a successful Safety Week.
Be A Leader In Safety. Join Us In Celebrating Safety Week 2017!
- Company leaders should make a project-specific a Project-specific and Personal Commitment Pledge
- Ask yourself these basic questions:
- How engaged am I currently in company safety programs?
- Can I increase my engagement levels with the project teams?
- Can I make a difference to our workers’ safety by engaging more?
- Does our company empower me to make a difference in workplace safety?
- After considering these questions, make a pledge to commit to something in 2017 that you believe will make a difference to your own personal safety performance, something that will improve your project’s safety performance and help provide an injury-free workplace.
- Create actions plans to follow through on your commitments.
- Communicate your commitments and action plans to jobsite employees. Ask for feedback.
Company Leaders Personnel Project Visits
- In an effort to show top-down safety commitment, management personnel should make safety-specific visits to each jobsite throughout the week.
- Attend safety-specific meetings: safety committee meetings, morning safety briefings, etc.
- Complete a jobsite safety audit/inspection.
- Have safety-specific discussions with foremen and other crew members. Solicit feedback from them. Ask questions such as:
- What are we doing well?
- What can we do better? How can we do so?
- Do you feel safe on the jobsite?
- What does Safety Week mean to you?
Safety Performance Evaluation
- Have the project team assess where they feel the project is in terms of safety performance (non-compliant, compliant, good practice, best in class).
- Focus on items like:
- Safety Culture
- Employee Competency/Training
- Communications – Best Practices, Incident Reviews, etc.
- Controls/Compliance with Regulations
- Subcontractor Performance/Evaluation
- Use Safety Week to come up with actions plans to reach “best in class” status – engage craft personnel to join in this effort as well.
Events and Activities
- Visit the Idea Book for events and activities to hold throughout the week
- Invite OSHA on site to discuss injury statistics and other industry items.
- Host a Safety Roadshow and invite vendors to showcase new tools and safety equipment.
- Invite the Local Union representative to engage in Safety Week events.
- Hold safety training sessions (fall protection, ladder safety, etc.)
Jobsite Safety Reviews
- Review Corporate Policies
- Disciplinary Policy, fire safety requirements, etc.
- Review Training Requirements
- Hold Emergency Response Drills
- Invite emergency response teams (Fire Department, Police, EMT, local response teams etc.) to come on site to assess emergency response protocols specific to that jobsite.
- Review Safety Documents
- Emergency Action Plans, Environmental Aspects, Jobsite Safety Analyses, Required Inspections
- Perform a Safety Rollback
- Include site housekeeping, cord/tool inspections, rigging inspections and proper storage, assured grounding inspections, PPE inspections, fire safety inspections.