Video Q&A - What is a safety policy?
What is a safety policy?
What a great question, and something very important to understand. Hi, I'm Bryan McWhorter for Safeopedia. When OSHA was created in 1970, it set its mission as; to ensure safe work environments for working women and men. It expects employers to create those safe work environments and commit to the safety of their workers and to the public. This often begins we the safety policy.
The safety policy is just a written endorsement—again, a written statement committing to safety. And it makes sense. Our effort rarely exceeds our commitment. So, a good starting point for that commitment is that written policy. I've seen a lot of these and they can be quite small or quite large. Just a few paragraphs or several pages. Your safety policy, again, states your commitment to safety. They might include things like safety goals and targets. They might mention the ability of workers to stop work if they deem it unsafe. It could include whistleblower protection, or the enforcement of safety rules that all workers are expected to follow the safety rules and guidelines that are set by the company for their protection.
So, once again, what is a safety policy? It's just your written statement committing to safety that you're going to create a safe work environment for your employees and the public—anyone who deals with your business. If you have any other questions regarding safety policies, feel free to reach out to Safeopedia. We love answering safety-related questions and helping. Honestly, it's kind of what we do.