AARC’s Engineers, Safety Professionals and Industrial Hygienists have provided consulting services in Occupational Health and Safety Regulations to various industries including:
AARC employs a complete staff of professionals in the occupational health & safety field having over twenty years of field experience at large and small facilities. An AARC safety management plan emphasizes leadership and responsibility. We offer our clients:
A structured, proactive approach to safety management
The tools to reduce the high cost of injuries
Safety management plans that meet or exceed all OSHA requirements
Comprehensive training for all employees
Workplace hazard assessment assistance
Professional advice regarding OSHA inspections and citations
Comprehensive on-site audit
AARC Specialists stay current with all new or proposed regulations in order to keep our clients in compliance with all Federal, State & local requirements.
The development of a program requires an extensive audit prior to preparation of the written safety programs. Our staff performs audits on a weekly basis for a diverse group of organizations. After each audit, a formal report is presented consisting of ideas and solutions, based on observations from the worksite analysis, for the control of general workplace hazards. AARC’s staff constantly develops and updates our client’s safety management systems. The revisions are guided by audits of on-going activities at facilities and job sites. AARC has developed a range of safety manuals for giant petrochemical complexes down to three-man machine shops. From this experience we have acquired an extensive background in the field of Safety Program development.
A SAFETY AUDIT SERVES THREE BASIC PURPOSES:
Protection of Employees’ Health and Well-being
Audits ensure that provisions have been made for a healthy and safe work environment. There is a provision in the Occupational Safety & Health Act called the “general duty clause”. Inspectors often apply the clause to cite employers when there is no specific regulation in effect. Therefore it is not enough that a facility simply “meet” the regulations. Facility owners and operators must be aware of, and take action to correct, potentially hazardous conditions before the inspectors arrive.
Compliance with Federal and State Programs
Management of Direct and Indirect Costs
Workers’ compensation insurance is an inescapable component of business. An occupational health and safety program helps control workers’ compensation insurance costs by reducing the number and severity of lost time incidents. Occupational Health and Safety audits provide a record of the company’s performance and demonstrate that appropriate rules were adopted and enforced through training and supervision.
Are you ready for an OSHA Inspection?
If an OSHA inspector turns up on your doorstep, and you haven’t invited him over, it is generally for one purpose – to find violations. The violations include deficiencies in posting OSHA notices, machinery maintenance safeguard failures, failure to protect workers from dust, fumes, and temperature extremes, inadequacies in the written hazard program, forklift training, clear passageways and the accessibility of Material Safety Data Sheets. In 1990, the federal government alone, wrote fines totaling nearly $63,000,000. This does not include fines levied by states that have their own safety inspection programs.
ADVANTAGES OF AN AUDIT
Cuts sick leave, Workman’s Compensation claims, and down time
Reduces the possibility of OSHA citations
Reduces exposure to liability and litigation
Increases management and employee awareness of health and safety
Enhances quality of the workplace environment
Clarifies occupational health and safety priorities
Improves awareness of applicable regulations and industry standards
Successful follow-up to an audit improves employee morale
AARC’s PREFERRED SAFETY AUDIT METHOD
Based on the type of facility, an audit team is assigned
Facility personnel are notified of the audit and a site visit is arranged
The site visit includes:
In-house records review
Management and employee interviews
Facility walkthrough and inspection
Audit report is prepared and submitted
Corrective measures are audited
Conclusions and recommendations are submitted
Defines facility strengths and weaknesses
Provides a detailed evaluation of potential or existing hazards. The audit report will clearly delineate the strengths and weaknesses of your health program.
Determines companies’ compliance status. Health and safety program weaknesses are detected and schedules for correction prior to the OSHA inspector’s visit.
Highlights areas such as recordkeeping, training, management involvement, machine guarding, and others, which OSHA inspectors are most likely to review.
Potential Findings & Considerations
Other Applicable Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
Status of Workers’ Compensation Program
Fire Suppression Equipment Testing
Electrical and Machinery Lockout/Tagout Procedures
Management and Employee Awareness of Health & Safety Issues
Potential Corporate Liabilities
Audio Corrective Measures and Follow-Up
The audit generates a list of recommended corrective measures and a prioritized follow-up schedule. These are the heart of any health and safety program.
Conclusions & Recommendations
General Statement – Status of Program
Action Plan, Schedule and Estimate of Costs
Containing costs is serious business in today’s competitive environment. One of the best ways to keep your money where you want it is through safety planning. A study done by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, reveals that the average lost-time injury claim costs $18,200. Many reach as high as $44,000 per incident.
With increasing workers’ compensation rates, OSHA fines and health insurance premiums, not to mention the potential criminal liabilities – employers and managers must face these issues head on. The only answer is to reduce accidents. This is a goal that can be reached by any company that implements an effective safety program. Time and time again safety programs have provided great dividends for those that participate.
Does Regular Safety Training Really Work?
A survey conducted by the National Safety Council revealed that a regular safety training program improves attitudes, increases safety awareness and reduces accidents. The most interesting finding is that more frequent the training the greater the probability of results.
AARC’s safety training is versatile, effective and inexpensive for companies with limited budgets. The program offers safety initiatives while complementing and enhancing in-house safety training.
The staff at AARC facilitates safety training with interactive presentations that address specific concerns tailored to each job site.