|Safety Committee to conduct audits|
For the past few years, the MAA Safety Committee has been conducting Safety Audits for members. This is a great opportunity for members to get a new perspective on their safety program.
What the Audit entails is the committee meeting at a member location and doing a walk through. Committee members look for safety violations or areas that they think could be improved. They don't only look for problems, they also look for the areas that members are doing a good job with their safety program.
During the Audit, some members of the committee also take a look at the MSHA paperwork and make sure that everything is in order. This is an area that many companies get caught on, so having another set of eyes take a look is always helpful.
The Safety Audits have been very well received by the members that have requested them. This is a great way for MAA members to get some "fresh eyes" on their operation. The committee can offer its expertise and also learn from the process.
"We have seen some operations that do a great job in most areas, but need some additional guidance in others," said Committee Chair Steve Ward of Elmer's. "This process has helped members avoid citations when MSHA comes for an inspection.
With committee members from various companies conducting the audit, there is a wealth of knowledge that is shared during the process. After the Audit is complete, committee members sit down with company representatives and go over what they found. The managers can then take that information and work to make improvements, and hopefully, avoid citations.
The committee is currently looking for members that are interested in having a Safety Audit this year. They can only do two or three each year, so if you are interested, contact Shada at the MAA office.