May 17, 2022

What Is Site Safety Management?

There is a lot that could go wrong on construction sites. Equipment could malfunction, buildings could collapse, and more. Work can go off course and lead to an injury—or worse. Your team needs to have someone who has construction site safety knowledge to keep you and your workers safe.

We will answer the question "What is construction site safety management?" in this blog. We will explain what it is and why it is beneficial for your construction site. To help you improve safety on your construction site, we will also touch on some of the best safety management systems available.

A Glimpse At The Construction Site

The construction site is a dynamic workplace that is constantly evolving. The site changes every day as construction takes place. At the same time, many different construction companies and suppliers work on the same site, cooperating and maneuvering around one another. The dynamic nature of a construction site makes it hard to predict.

Construction sites are one of the most dangerous workplaces in the United States of America due to their ever-changing nature. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 1 in 5 deaths among U.S. workers is in the construction industry. In 2020, the OSHA recorded 174,000 injuries in the construction sector. Compared to other sectors, the construction industry's illness and injury rate was 24% higher than all industries on average.

The increased number of incidents and injuries are undoubtedly related to the increased number of hazards on the job site. To help protect the safety of employees, every construction company should uphold strict site safety management.

What Is Construction Site Safety Management?

Safety management is a set of principles, processes, and procedures to prevent accidents, injuries, and other adverse risks that could negatively affect customers, workers, and other personnel. In other words, it is a systematic way of incorporating and following health and safety guidelines in your business processes to help keep people safe.

Safety management is guided by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration's health and safety requirements.

Who Is In Charge of Site Safety?

Construction site safety management is managed and implemented by certified safety professionals like concrete safety managers and other safety experts. These professionals have undergone extensive training and education to complete inspections, identify risks, and ensure OSHA compliance.

A certified site safety manager will help keep your project safe and on schedule by eliminating delays caused by accidents and investigations. For example, a site safety manager can complete a risk assessment of equipment and buildings to identify related safety regulations and then implement procedures to maintain compliance. Thanks to the professional assistance of the safety manager, there is little to no risk that the project will be delayed due to a safety policy or regulation.

We highly recommend the services of a certified site safety manager. They have the education and experience to create a safe construction site for you and your staff.

The Benefits of Construction Safety Management

Besides the promise of a safer job site (which is of great importance), there are many benefits to construction site safety management, including:

  • Improved team morale and loyalty
  • Fewer accidents
  • Increased business efficiency and effectiveness
  • Reduced risk and hazards
  • Improved public image and company PR
  • Lower insurance premiums
  • Increased safety performance and OSHA compliance
  • Lower risk of being investigated or fined by the OSHA

Safety Management System

Many certified safety managers offer safety management systems in conjunction with their services. A safety management system (SMS) is a software or online tool used to create site safety regulations, complete training, and arrange documents. In short, an effective SMS can help promote safety and make the responsibilities of being a construction site safety manager easier.

While your construction management company will likely offer a specific system with their service, several free systems are available for use. We recommend businesses use the OSHA's eTools safety management system.

OSHA Safety & Health Management Systems eTools

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a U.S. government agency that applies federal occupational health and safety laws. The OSHA does not require a safety management system, but rather it offers its eTools for use.

OSHA eTools are interactive, web-based systems that "enable the user to answer questions and receive reliable advice on how OSHA regulations apply to their work site," no matter their industry. Some eTools guide the development of comprehensive health and safety programs, including practices that go beyond OSHA requirements.

Safety professionals can access eTools for free on the OSHA website.

We offer a wide range of safety consulting, training, and management services to companies of all sizes and niches in the U.S. Let us help you create a safer and healthier space.

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