COR is a best practice that recognizes an employer’s commitment to health and safety. MSA in collaboration with other industry partners formed the Joint Industry Committee (JIC) and developed a framework of standards to promote a systematic approach to safety management.
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Effective health and safety systems include eight elements:
The element of Communications combines both hazard identification and hazard control. Through dialogue about hazards that may exist or that have the potential to cause unsafe conditions, and about the methods used to control the hazards, the workforce and the organization are better prepared to deal effectively with loss prevention issues.
The element of Emergency Preparedness recognizes that the intent of the health and safety management system is to identify and control hazards; however, it is possible to miss a hazard or have one or more controls operate ineffectively. In the event the system fails, an organization needs to be prepared to deal with emergencies that may occur.
Ergonomics is the process of matching the work environment to the capabilities of the employee. With the demand on workers today, organizations must look at the tasks that are performed and ensure that the environment is designed to match the job to the employee in order to prevent musculoskeletal injuries.
As discussed in Hazard Identification and Analysis, to prevent loss exposure, workplace hazards need to be identified before work can be done. Measures can then be taken to eliminate or minimize loss potential. The element of Hazard Controls seeks methods to effectively and systematically mitigate risk and control hazards present in the workplace.
To develop an effective safety program and to prevent loss exposure, hazards need to be identified before work can be done. Through the active identification of hazards in the workplace, necessary steps can be taken to evaluate and analyze the risk(s) associated with the hazard, and ways found to eliminate or minimize the loss potential.
Once an organization deems that hazard controls are in place, it will require a system to determine whether the controls are adequate, effectively implemented and/or used by all in the workplace. The element of Inspections is an invaluable mechanism to assess the workplace for substandard conditions and acts and to confirm adequate hazard controls.
The element of Investigations also combines both hazard identification and control. If an incident occurs, organizations will need to identify what aspect of the safety program failed. The failure might be part of the initial hazard identification or part of the control(s) that were selected. The problem might be in the training of the worker or in the communication of the hazard control to the worker. The purpose of Investigations is to identify where a failure exists and correct it.
In a framework of health and safety standards, the information must be organized in deliverable units or elements. The first of such elements for incorporation into the framework is Management Leadership.
Injuries and illnesses can result in disabilities that affect a worker’s ability to perform certain tasks. Organizations have a duty to accommodate workers that may have a disability, whether permanent or temporary. A return–to–work program is a documented process to manage work absences due to disabilities.