How to Evaluate Safety Programs

1.1 Introduction

This chapter provides a roadmap for both employers and employees to creating a safe working environment. While the standards in chapters 2 through 6 are organized and presented in a highly prescriptive format, this first part provides workers within the industry an overall orientation to the philosophy, tools and corporate culture that the international community has adopted as a part of best management practices.

At the same time, this chapter of the standards explicitly defines the rights of workers to be kept informed of the hazards associated with their job assignments, to be provided with knowledge, engineering and management controls that eliminate unsafe working conditions, along with the actions that workers may take in order to ensure that they are never placed in situations that pose either immediate or long-term risks to their health and well-being.

Employees generally have little or no control over their working environment and must accept whatever environment employers offer. Employers and their designated corporate representatives have both a moral and legal obligation to ensure that both workers and the public at large are kept insulated from the hazards associated with the industry sector.

1.2 Creating a Culture of Safety

The design of a safe plant layout is beyond the responsibility of individual employees, but it nevertheless is essential for good power production practices and safe working conditions. Narrow ...

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