New Safety Tools from LHSFNA
“The Fund has developed two new products that should be useful tools for our business agents and signatory contractors who are trying to improve on-the-job safety,” says LIUNA General Secretary-Treasurer and LHSFNA Labor Co-Chairman Armand E. Sabitoni.
Model Safety Program CD
“The Model Safety Program CD will help small- and medium-sized construction companies that do not have their own professional safety personnel and cannot afford the high cost of safety consultants,” he continues. “With the new CD, the company official with responsibility for safety can create an OSHA-compliant, company-specific, written safety program in an hour or two.”
For many years, the LHSFNA has offered a written model safety program that companies could customize for their own use. Now, the Fund has eased the entire procedure through the creation of the new CD. It provides a full safety program, a set of hazard-specific appendices and a list of locations in the program where the one-time insertion of company-specific information will be appropriately replicated throughout the document. After working through the generic program, inserting the necessary information and selecting the appropriate appendices, a company-specific safety program can be printed.
The new CD is available to participating signatory contractors through the LHSFNA’s online Publications Catalogue.
Find It, Fix It
“The other new product should help company safety personnel and business agents assess actual safety conditions on particular worksites,” says Sabitoni. “Safety checklists provide a convenient and comprehensive way to survey a worksite for likely problems. Of course, every worksite is different and no checklist is guaranteed to uncover every possible issue. Nevertheless, as a starting point for a successful site safety audit, a checklist is a vital tool.”
One of the main practical problems with checklists, however, is the way they are “used up” in the course of performing their duties. Once a checklist is filled out, a new one is required for the next inspection. Thus, one checklist will not do; for ongoing projects, a whole stack is required.
While providing a set of comprehensive, industry-specific checklists developed by its senior OSH staff, the LHSFNA has also solved the practical problem of keeping a supply of ready-to-use lists on hand.
The new Find It, Fix It checklists are available online for download any time a new one is needed. Once a participating signatory contractor or business agent acquires a user name and password for access to the LHSFNA online Publications Catalogue, he or she can click on any of the lists and print as many copies as needed
The available checklists include:
- Building Construction
- Hazardous Waste
- Mason Tending
- Residential Construction
For more information or to access the lists, go to the Find It, Fix It webpage.
The Fund's occupational safety and health staff professionals are available to assist in the use of either of these products, In addition, when requested, they will visit worksites to conduct safety audits or to help resolve any persistent safety concerns.
The LHSFNA Occupational Safety and Health Division staff can be reached at 202-628-5465.