The United States government requires employers to ensure the occupational safety of their employees. The government created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agency within the Department of Labor to enforce this requirement. Precisely, OSHA has a mandate to assure the safety and health of workers in the United States by creating and enforcing standards (Reese & Eidson, 2006). Besides, the agency offers training, education, and outreach and also advocates for improved workplace safety and health. Unlike other agencies such as ADA and CDC, OSHA requirements are federal obligations under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR 1910).
Nevertheless, Gem Fabricators company has hired me as an Occupational Safety and Health consultant. The company chose to be a member of OSHA several years ago and also aligned with the ANSI/AIHA Z10 standard. However, I have realized several errors in the application form that may hinder this plan. Hence, it is crucial for the Gem Fabricators management to understand these issues and address them before applying for OSHA membership.
Although the company has specified the accountability for the front-line workers, it did not include such requirement for managers, supervisors, and executives in the performance evaluation documentation for safety. On the contrary, establishing safety accountability measures for managers, executives, and employees is important in several ways. First, it strengthens the corporate culture by ensuring that it is everyone’s responsibility to establish meaningful goals and cultivate trust through encouragement and support (Geller, 2001). Second, safety accountability measures help all employees to understand the employer’s commitment to create and maintain a safe and healthful workplace. Precisely, it is important to involve hourly employees in establishing safe work practices and rules since they are the most prone to workplace hazards. Finally, safety accountability measures help employers to hold executives, managers, and employers accountable for behaviors, which they have control. Such behaviors include timely reporting of hazards and injuries, cautioning fellow employees on hazardous situations and behaviors, and complying with safety rules and policies.
Safety should be a responsibility for every member of Gem fabricators. Hence, Gem Fabricators should have a General Safety Program that assigns safety responsibilities to everyone. First, the employer/executives should have full responsibility for safety among all employees. They should also be able to assign and enforce safety responsibilities in Gem Fabricators Safety Program. Finally, they should approve safety policies and participate in safety programs as recommended by the company’s safety officer. Second, the Gem Fabricators Safety officer has the mandate to implement and manage the Company’s Loss Prevention Program. In this capacity, the Safety Officer is responsible for the overall safety of Gem Fabricators workforce and should be able to create and implement a comprehensive safety program (Geller, 2001). Third, the supervisors have a mandate to ensure everyone adheres to the safety rules and regulations every day. Still, they are responsible for teaching new workers on job safety, procedures, rules, and obligations. Finally, every employee should strive to abide by Gem Fabricators Safety Program. They should work per the standard safety procedures and ask for assistance when needed.
Conclusively, a Plan-Do-Check-Act framework is necessary to resolve the safety deficiency in Gem Fabricators Company. Safety deficiency involves a safety issue that lacks or has inadequate defenses for preventing, reducing, or eliminating it in case of occurrence. Using a PDCA framework, there are two primary critical steps that Gem Fabricators can use to resolve safety deficiency. First, the company should define specific roles and responsibilities for every member (Marais, Saleh, & Leveson, 2006). Precisely, the directors should have a duty of ensuring there is a process that allows prompt reporting of safety deficiencies to the relevant persons. Second, Gem Fabricators should formulate a process to assess the safety program. The management should ensure that employees are aware of this process that allows them to report safety deficiencies to the authorities.