Let us unravel the complexities present within certain industries and highlight our approach to assisting employers within the Cannabidiol (CBD) industry when it comes to safety and compliance software. It goes without saying, every industry – whether it be manufacturing, retail, telecommunications, or CBD – will encounter hazards, incidents and health and safety compliance requirements. The priority for all employers is to keep employees and workplaces safe for all industries. It is time to build an occupational health and safety program for your business with a dedicated safety management system.
Today, we will highlight the CBD industry which also covers aspects of agricultural, manufacturing and retail sectors. The following information will cover off all health and safety requirements to be compliant, safe, and how to automate this into one single safety management system for all your executives, workers, contractors, visitors, and suppliers.
Establishing a health and safety program and implementing a safety management system:
There are two steps involved when assessing and setting up a health and safety program within a facility.
Identifying industry hazards by category (biological, chemical, and physical).
For each hazard, a general description is given followed by:
– Information on the job role that might be specifically affected by the hazard.
– Considerations for a hazard assessment of best practices for eliminating or managing the hazard.
– Federal, state, or local regulations that may apply to that hazard.
– Additional resources to assist in hazard recognition and management.
How to outline a broader health and safety program that should be implemented within the industry and provide examples and tools to help develop programs such as hazard communication, safety community and an automated safety management system.
Several control options exist when exposures or hazards regarding safety are identified in various occupational environments within the CBD industry. A process named the hierarchy of controls has been successfully used to prevent worker injuries and illnesses in multiple industries.
Elimination and substitution
Recognized as the most effective controls at reducing hazards, these include eliminating a hazard altogether from a specific process or substituting a less hazardous activity or chemical. These are successfully implemented at the process design or development stage.
An engineering control is any change in facilities, equipment, tools, or process that eliminates or reduces a hazard. Engineering controls are designed to remove a hazard at its source before it encounters the worker. Examples of engineering controls include process controls, isolation, and ventilation. Process controls involve changing the way a job or process is carried out to reduce dangers. Isolation controls keep employees isolated or removed from a hazard. For example, restricting employees from specific areas where intensive UV is being used.
Administrative controls are measures implemented by an employer to reduce the exposure to hazards by changing the way they work. Examples include; regular employee breaks and worker rotation.
The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to control identified hazards is a first step in protecting workers in the CBD industry. However, within the hierarchy, PPE is the least effective method compared to elimination, substitution, or engineering controls and administrative controls. PPE is the least effective control method because it requires reliance on the worker to ensure it is used consistently and correctly. However, when hazards cannot be controlled through other means, PPE plays an important part when protecting workers.
Medical screening and surveillance
Medical surveillance is another strategy to optimize employee health. Medical screening is one part of a comprehensive medical surveillance program. Using both medical screening and surveillance techniques can aid with the early identification of potential health hazards.
The Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to inform employees of the hazards and identities of chemicals exposed in the workplace, as well as preventive measures that are available. All organizations where employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals must have a written plan that describes how the hazard communication standard will be implemented in that facility.
Steps for implementing an effective hazard communication program are:
1. Learn the standard and identify responsible employees
Obtain a copy of the standard from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and appoint an individual responsible for implementing this standard.
2. Prepare and implement a written hazard communication program
Address how you will meet the requirements of the standard and include a list of all hazardous chemicals.
3. Label containers
Manufacturers of hazardous chemicals are required to label, tag, or mark all chemicals with the identity of the material and hazard warnings. If materials are transferred into other containers, employers may create their own workplace labels using words, pictures, symbols, or a combination.
4. Maintain safety data sheets (SDS)
Safety data sheets include information about hazardous chemicals, including identification, hazards, first-aid measures, as well as handling and storage precautions. Organizations must provide SDS. These sheets must be maintained by employers for ALL hazardous chemicals in the workplace whilst being readily available to employees.
5. Readily available information and training/learning material
Employees must be trained on hazardous chemicals in their work areas before their initial assignment, and when new hazards are introduced. They must be aware that labeling and SDS provide information about chemicals hazards.
6. Evaluate and reassess your program
Hazard communication programs must remain current with real-time data. The best way to do this is to periodically reassess the program to make sure it is meeting objectives and includes all hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
Workplace health and safety has a major effect on your business’s bottom line. A dedicated safety management system reduces hazards, controls risk, which means fewer incidents and better productivity generating more revenue for your business.
If you want a safety management system that streamlines your safety processes and inspires all these benefits for your business, then meet Donesafe. We empower your workforce with the ability to log incidents, hazards, and much more with an automated platform that requires less than 60 seconds to complete forms, take actions and ensure safety is a priority. Donesafe provides safety managers access to real-time reports and analytics from one single platform.
With Donesafe, you can revolutionize your organization’s culture with direct worker participation for all workplace health, safety and compliance. Take advantage of your company’s data with smart and simple tools that will improve efficiencies. Our software platform combines the whole safety management experience into one place—for workers, managers, and executives.
Now that you fully understand why an automated safety management solution is a must-have for your organization, it’s time to figure out which system is right for you. At Donesafe, our latest clients include world-renowned organizations such as McDonald’s, Nokia, Audi and Telstra. Donesafe’s easy-to-use platform empowers workers, turns data into intelligence, increases efficiency, and improves workplace culture for the better. With 30+ apps that cover the end to end of HSEQ, you can customize them to fit your business needs. Donesafe boosts fantastic results in safety compliance, higher productivity, and lower incident rates.
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