employer and Safety Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities
Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment that are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees, commensurate with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Each employer must also designate a person to coordinate all safety programs.
The "Safety Coordinator" means an employee who has been designated by an employer to coordinate all safety programs for the employer. The safety coordinator shall be designated by letter, memorandum, job description or other notice. Employers may designate more than one employee to assist by fulfilling specifc functions, but the safety coordinator must have ultimate responsibility for implementing the safety programs.
Duties of the safety coordinator must include the four key elements of a safety program found in 380:40-1-22(3).
- Implement managment, leadership and employee involvement.
- Implement procedures for identifying and controlling workplace hazards.
- Develop and communicate safety plans, rules and work procedures.
- Conduct or provide for training for all employees in safe and healthful work practices.
The Oklahoma Department of Labor has adopted the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry (29 CFR 1910) and the Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926). Exceptions include that Hazard Communication training is requred annually. Also, the Action Limit in the asbestos standard (29 CFR 1910.1001 (c) is deleted and replaced with a permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 0.01 fibers per cubic centimer of air.
Safety programs may include, but are not limited to:
- Hazard Communication Program
- Exposure Control Program (Bloodborne Pathogens, TB)
- Hazard Assessment and Personal Protective Equipment Program (PPE)
- Respiratory Protection Program
- Chemical Hygiene Plan (including Lab Safety)
- Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
- Confined Space Entry Program
Title 380, Chapter 40 states, "Safety training" means instruction in safety and/or health and includes, but is not limited to videos, audiotapes, books, brochures, handouts, slides, classroom instruction or lectures, and in-service training such as tailgate sessions.
Appropriate safety training shall be provided to all employees, including management, no less than quarterly. Documentation of training shall include, but not be limited to, date(s), location, course information, course provider/trainer and a list of employees in attendance. Any additonial information required by any specific standard shall also be included. Provisions must be made for make-up sessions for those employees who were not able to attend the scheduled training.
Within forty-eight (48) hours after the occurrence of an employment accident that is fatal to one or more employees or which results in the hospitalization of five or more employees, the employer of any employees so injured or killed shall report the accident in writing to the Oklahoma City office of the Oklahoma Department of Labor.