The role of management in the development and delivery of the Occupational Health and Safety Program is of extreme importance. Managers are not only to provide guidance but also serve as an example of safe behaviour and regulation compliance. Management participation influences the participation of all other employees.
Departmental Responsibilities – Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
The management of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering strives to take all reasonable care in the provision of a safe and healthy workplace. To do so requires management to be aware of all issues and activities that impact that requirement. One step to accomplish this goal is to schedule regular management meetings. The purposes of these meetings are to ensure:
- two way communication between management and workers is established,
- management receives and considers recommendations from the local Safety Program Administrator (SPA) and Safety Committee,
- important aspects of the Health and Safety Program such as inspections, accident investigations, and safety committee activities are monitored and evaluated.
All senior management and supervisors are required to participate in management meetings. The common requirements include:
- meeting at least monthly
- having a prepared agenda
- discussing and making decisions on recommendations from the SPA and Safety Committee
- assigning responsibilities for required action and communicating management decisions
- documenting each meeting to meet due diligence requirements
- distributing minutes as required.
The effectiveness of these meetings depends on attendance and participation. It is the responsibility of those key persons and those who attend two levels of meetings to ensure that they communicate all important information and decisions at these meetings. It is this link that will complete the communication chain.
The management groups to meet will be structured as follows:
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