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Module 1: Building a Safety and Health Management System

This Module assists small- and medium-sized businesses in developing and implementing an effective safety and health management system in the workplace. Companies that do so can greatly reduce the number and severity of work-related accidents and illnesses. Other benefits include fewer employee lost work days, lower workers' compensation costs, and higher employee morale and productivity.

Using the proactive approach presented in this Module, managers and employees work together to identify workplace hazards and potentially dangerous conditions. They develop and implement processes, procedures, and programs to prevent accidents, injuries, and illnesses from occurring.

This Module consists of six lessons and a Final Test. After successfully passing the Final Test and completing the Module Evaluation, you may earn a certificate of completion for Module 1. Click on the tabs below to see overviews of each lesson.


Lesson Overviews

  • Lesson 1
  • Lesson 2
  • Lesson 3
  • Lesson 4
  • Lesson 5
  • Lesson 6
  1. Introduction to Safety and Health Management Systems
  2. In this Lesson, you will learn about the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and your company's need to comply with OSHA requirements. You will learn what a safety and health management system (SHMS) is and the benefits of implementing one. You will be
    introduced to widely recognized occupational SHMS specifications.

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  1. Management Leadership
  2. Management leadership is a critical component of your safety and health management system.
    In this lesson, you will learn about the five main elements of management leadership: (1) safety and health (S & H) policy; (2) management commitment; (3) employee participation; (4) setting objectives; and (5) management review.

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  1. Worksite Analysis
  2. Using systematic methods to identify workplace hazards will help you be more effective at preventing accidents and keeping your employees safe and healthy. This lesson helps you
    identify the legal requirements that relate to your workplace. In addition, these four methods
    of worksite analysis are covered: (1) accident investigation; (2) routine self-inspections; (3) job hazard analysis; and (4) comprehensive surveys. Finally, risk assessment is discussed.

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  1. Hazard Prevention and Control
  2. Once you analyze your worksite and identify your workplace hazards, you will want to implement systems to eliminate, prevent, and control those hazards. In this lesson, you will learn about different types of hazard controls, preventive maintenance and managing change, emergency planning, occupational health programs, and contractor safety. This lesson also revisits the
    process of management review.

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  1. Safety and Health Training
  2. Training your employees to perform their jobs safely is a good investment of resources that can lead to fewer injuries and illnesses, better morale, and lower insurance premiums. In this lesson, you will learn to: (1) identify your company's OSHA training requirements and general training needs; (2) create and use a training matrix; (3) recognize the characteristics of an effective
    training program; (4) promote the transfer of training into the workplace; and (5) maintain
    training records and documentation.

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  1. Post-Assessment
  2. In this Lesson, you will work more with the Gap Analysis Tool, introduced in Lesson 1, to mark
    your progress toward implementing an SHMS at your company.

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