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					CITY OF STEWARTVILLE A.W.A.I.R. PROGRAM

Our City Administration is aware that our employees are our most valuable resource. Our safety policy leaves no doubt as to our commitment to providing a safe, injury and illness free work place. The success of our safety program requires clearly defined goals, specific objectives and the identity of those that will share the responsibility of accomplishing those goals & objectives. Our A.W.A.I.R program provides an "umbrella" under which all other safety policies & procedures will be administered. The procedures contained in this document will address the following: I. Assignment of Responsibility II. Hazard Identification, Analysis, Control III. Communication & Training IV. Investigations V. Enforcement

I. ASSIGNMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES: The City Administrator/or designee shall be responsible for overall administration of the A.W.A.I.R Program. The Public Works Director shall function as the safety officer.

Administration: 1) Communicate and emphasize the commitment to and importance of safety. 2) Provide safety training to all employees. 3) Commit resources and provide required/approved personal protective equipment. 4) Provide establishment of emergency procedures. 5) Administer enforcement of disciplinary actions as needed. 6) Participate with safety committee activities. 7) Document and report accidents and injuries. 8) Maintain all safety equipment - signs and P.P.E. 9) Demonstrate ("Role Model") a safety attitude. Safety Officer: 1) Develop and maintain written injury and illness prevention programs to include policies and procedures. 2) Provide training for administration, supervision, and employees in safety practices and responsibilities. 3) Act as an internal consultant for employees, supervisors, and administrators. 4) Measure safety performance of administrators, supervisors, and employees by maintaining the accident record keeping system. 5) Perform job site/shop inspections. Employees: 1) Follow all established safety rules and procedures. 2) Report all hazardous conditions to supervisor and safety officer.

3) Report all injuries/illnesses to supervisor and safety officer. 4) Use all P.P.E. 5) Participate in all safety training activities. 6) Assist in job-site/shop inspections. II. HAZARD IDENTIFICATION, ANALYSIS, CONTROL: Administration: 1) Perform periodic facility inspections. 2) Assist and review analysis of hazard. 3) Commit resources to control or eliminate hazard. 4) Work with safety officer to identify/eliminate department hazards. 5) Insure that safety requirements are met by all. 6) Follow through to completion, all recommendations for departmental hazard abatement. 7) Assist in job safety analysis. Safety Officer: 1) Conduct hazard analysis of existing facilities and operations. 2) Study hazards of planned and proposed facilities/operations. 3) Develop procedures to control or eliminate hazards as they appear. 4) Perform job safety analysis. Employees: 1) Learn to identify hazards through training sessions. 2) Assist in job site/shop inspections.

3) Control hazard by following published safety procedures.

III. COMMUNICATION AND TRAINING

Administration: 1) Commit time and resources to provide required safety training. 2) Provide training session for new employees. 3) Encourage employee participation on safety committee 4) Participate in required annual safety training sessions. 5) Encourage employee safety recommendations. 6) Keep employees informed of the results of their recommendations, suggestions, new safety developments, and requirements. Safety Officer: 1) Provide initial safety orientation for new employees. 2) Attend safety meetings and serve as a "mentor" to committee members. 3) Train administrators and supervision in their safety responsibilities. 4) Perform annual training requirements for all employees. 5) Develop a program to promote safety awareness. 6) Insure that all employees receive safety training when: A. B. C. D. A new process is introduced. An employee's job assignment changes. A new or updated procedure is introduced. Evidence indicates retraining is necessary.

Employees: 1) Attend all safety training. 2) Participate as Safety Committee members. 3) Communicate safety recommendations or ideas through committee members.

INVESTIGATIONS: Administration: 1) Provide resources and assistance to conduct a thorough accident investigation. 2) Review findings and determine final corrective action to be taken. 3) Assist the safety officer in documentation and collecting evidence and/or facts on accident. 4) Review the accident investigation findings with safety officer and take whatever action that is required to eliminate the possibility of reoccurrence. Safety Officer: 1) Conduct all accident investigations by: A. Collecting evidence. B. Interviewing witnesses/injured parties. C. Recommend corrective actions required to resolve accident causing hazard. D. Follow through on recommendations to insure that hazard has been abated. 2) Maintain a record keeping system to identify trends. Employees: 1) Aid the injured, secure the scene and preserve evidence.

2) Report accident to safety officer/administrator. 3) Secure scene and preserve evidence.

SAFETY COMMITTEE Formation: The Safety Committee shall consist of all employees. Objective: The objective of the Safety Committee is to: Assist in the detection and elimination of unsafe conditions and work procedures. Responsibilities: 1) Conduct in-house safety inspections with appropriate supervisors. 2) Review accident investigations to uncover trends and recommend procedures to eliminate accident producing activities. 3) Review job procedures and recommend improvements. 4) Monitor the safety program's effectiveness. 5) Promote and publicize safety.

V. ENFORCEMENT It is our desire that employees would voluntarily comply with all safety policies and procedures. However, if casual or blatant disregard for safety is evident, then progressive discipline must be administered. The following will apply: Safety Memo:

Employees engaged in an unsafe activity which could subject themselves or a fellow worker to injury are subject to receive a safety memo which outlines the hazardous activity.

First Offense:

Violating safe practices and/or procedures will result in the employee receiving a verbal warning that explains the exact nature of the hazards and violations.

Second Offense (Repeat Violation):

Written warning (reprimand) that explains the hazards, the violation, and the results of further non-compliance behavior. This will be added to the individual's personnel file.

Third Offense: (Repeat Violation):

Employee may be terminated for failure to comply with safety statutes and standards. The administration reserves the right to depart from the above disciplinary plan if the act is so serious that a higher degree of discipline is warranted.

A.W.A.I.R
Employee Name: Occupation: Social Security: Date: _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________

In accordance with Minnesota Statute 182.653, I certify by my signature, that I have been provided with training that consisted of but was not limited to the following: 1) How administrators, supervisors and employees are responsible for implementing our AWAIR program. 2) The methods we use to identify, analyze and control new or existing hazards, condition and operations. 3) How accidents will be reported and investigated and how corrective action will be implemented. 4) How safe work practices, programs and procedures will be enforced.

I understand that this training is mandatory, and that I will follow the safety rules and procedures in force.

________________________ Employees Signature

_________________ Date


				
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