The safety officer must be kept in the loop when new equipment arrives on the scene. Having the company accountant notify the safety officer that a new unit is being purchased would be appropriate.
The company accountant also needs to notify the safety officer when new people are hired so he/she can assess their need for safety training. At a minimum, new employees should be briefed on company policies, with this discussion documented in their personnel file.
Having the safety officer and accounting department work together in this manner will keep time and cost to a minimum. Outsourcing training will also help.
Actions taken for non-compliance should be communicated to employees when they start with the company, as well as when they are told they violated a safety policy. Constant violators should be terminated, or other employees will feel they do not need to comply.
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Safety Program Necessities
Garry Bartecki is director of dealer/distributor services at BDO Seidman, LLP of Chicago, as well as a consultant to the AED. He has also worked as an independent CPA and consultant to equipment dealers. He can be reached at (312) 616-4677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.