Workplace Safety: A Guide for Small and Midsized Companies

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 28, 2006 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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Workplace Safety: A Guide For Small & Mid-Sized Companies, by Dan Hopwood and Steve Thompson, uses a straight-forward approach to creating the basic elements of a successful safety program. This book will provide updated information and real world examples illustrating how to prevent as well as confront the common health and safety issues that arise in the workplace. It includes information on core OSHA regulatory requirements, safety needs assessment, workers' compensation and insurance, disaster and emergency planning, ergonomics, risk management and loss prevention, injury management, incident investigation, workplace security, best practices, and workplace safety culture formation.
 

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Contents

Introduction What Is Workplace Safety?
1
Workplace Safety Management is Strategic and Tactical
4
Management at its Best
6
Understanding Two Basic Definitions
9
Workplace Safety Programs and Their Purpose
12
Whos Responsible for Workplace Safety Programs?
13
The Two Most Critical Ones
17
Challenges for Those Practicing Safety
18
Critical Safety Considerations Focusing Workplace Safety Efforts
75
Safety and Special Hazards
77
Specific Hazards Review
80
Integrating Advanced Topics
103
Emergencies and Related Planning and Response
105
Risk Management
119
Moral and Ethical Considerations in Workplace Safety
124
Best Practices
129

Taking Stock of Where You Are A Needs Assessment
23
Why Workplace Safety Programs?
25
Taking Stock
29
Creating an Effective Workplace Safety Program
45
Establishing Goals
48
Safety as a Company Value
49
Management Commitment and Responsibility
50
Employee Involvement
54
WorkSite Analysis
56
Hazard Recognition and Resolution
57
Training and Education
64
Recordkeeping
67
Best Practices
70
Workers Compensation and Insurance
133
Insurance Agents and Brokers
150
One Alternative to Workers Compensation
153
Beyond Workers Compensation
155
Greatest Lessons Learned in Achieving Safety Success
157
12 Greatest Lessons Learned about Achieving Safety Success
165
Epilogue
171
Notes
173
Appendix
175
Selected References and Resources
181
Glossary
223
Index
235
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Dan Hopwood, MPH, ARM, CBCP, is Director of Risk Management for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.?He has both managed and owned risk consulting firms in addition to being an officer and manager for insurance companies and brokerages. He has specialized in the development and management of safety and risk management programs, with a broad-based industry focus. Dan has taught at San Diego City College and San Diego State University. He created and managed the Occupational Safety and Health Management Certificate Program within the San Diego State University College of Extended Studies. He holds a BS in health sciences/industrial safety and a master of public health (MPH) with a concentration in occupational health, both from San Diego State.

Steve Thompson, ARM, COSS, is President and cofounder of Thompson/Currier, an employee-owned consulting company providing business improvement strategies to commercial, government, and nonprofit organizations. He has a long track record of working to improve safety in the workplace through his founding of the Workers' Compensation Training Consortium and teaching at the college level. He has served in safety and health management positions for small, medium, and large companies, and he has helped hundreds of companies improve their business operations, human resources functions, and safety and health programs. He is a former air force medic, and holds a BS in health care management from Southern Illinois University.

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