About Small Business Safety, LLC
Small Business Safety understands that some businesses don’t need a full time safety person, but want to do everything they possibly can to keep their workers safe as possible. That’s where we come in. We do this with:
- Periodic workplace inspections (at client’s discretion)
- Worker evaluations
- New hire orientations
- Special training
Small Business Safety primarily provides safety consulting for small businesses and companies (i.e., construction contractors, grocery stores, restaurants, quarries, feed mills, auto repair shops, etc.)
We also provide safety consulting for larger companies during special events (i.e., shutdowns, renovations, periodic self check inspections, etc.)
All results of inspections and evaluations will be kept confidential. The information is only intended for owners and managers, so that they can make corrections where needed.
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What Are the Duties of a Safety Consultant?
Evaluate Workplace Safety
One of the primary tasks of a safety consultant is to assess workplace safety. Depending on the terms of his/her contract, the safety consultant performs periodic inspections of the workplace. He/she checks the personal protective equipment (PPE) provided for employees and looks for the proper placement of warning signs throughout the workplace. Electrical equipment should have appropriate lockout/tagout signage so employees cannot turn it on while repairs are in progress. Once the consultant makes his/her initial inspection, he/she provides a list of safety issues to the management team. Along with the list, the safety consultant provides a list of specific procedures the management team can perform to remedy problems.
Provide Safety Training
Safety consultants offer training to employees in a variety of safety concerns. For example, a safety consultant might demonstrate the proper use of a fire extinguisher to office workers. He/she might train warehouse workers how to use a forklift properly. The initial workplace safety evaluation often indicates what type of safety training is best for a particular workplace environment. After all the employees receive the necessary training, the consultant might spend additional time with a designated employee giving him/her additional training so he/she can teach the safety lessons to any new hires.
Develop Safety Programs
Many safety consultants also create a workplace safety program. Working with the management team, the safety program details the company’s role in maintaining workplace safety. Any specific plans, such as fire escape routes, are included in the program. The program might also specify the type of training each employee needs. The safety program often becomes part of the human resources packet given to all employees to help them follow proper safety procedures on the job.